My Ps Told Me to Take my Steri Strips off but They Are Stuck to my Skin. How Do I Get Them Off?
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Be patient and use luke warm water.
Steristrips Removal Is Straight Forward
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Usually if you moisten them in the shower, they will come off more easily.
Otherwise there is little chance of harm to leave them until they fall off on their own.
Steri-strips can be loosened with warm water.
If you are permitted to shower, allow the water to gently moisten and warm the steri-strips. They will come up easily at that point.
Steri Strip Removal
If the steri-strips do not pull off easily, there are several maneuvers you may try at home. Soaking them with soap and water in the bath or shower may help to loosen them. If this does not work you may try rubbing alcohol, but I would only do this under the advisement of your plastic surgeon since your wound needs to be sufficiently healed. When I remove steri-strips in my office, I typically use a product called Detachol (Ferndale Laboratories) which is a medical grade adhesive remover. I have found that use of this product allows the steri-strips to peel off with ease. Good luck!
Baby oil for steri strips
Baby oil can soften the glue that causes the steri strips to stick. Rub on the baby oil, let it sit for a few minutes, then give it a try. Another alternative already mentioned is to use warm water in the shower.
Steri strips can be taken off in the shower
Thank you for the question. There is no harm in leaving the steri strips on in they fall off on their own. If you would like to removed them skin adhesive remover works well or taking them off in the shower is also very helpful.
All the best,
Dr Remus Repta
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