After the stitch has come out, It is helpful to protect the area while it is healing. I have patients wash with a gentle soap such as Dove or Cetaphil and then apply Aquaphor (available over the counter in the moisturizer section of your pharmacy) and a clean gauze pad until it is healed. You can use a nonstick pad if you choose or soak the gauze off in the shower.
Hi and thanks for the question and photos. Follow your surgeon's advice on this. Moist wounds - ie antibiotic ointment helps to heal faster. Leaving the wound uncovered should be ok but it can cause staining of your clothes and bedding etc. Best of Luck - Dr Hardy...
What should I do with my stitch abscess?
Thank you for sharing your question and photograph and congratulations on your surgery! I would recommend keeping the area covered with an ointment such as Aquaphor and clean gauze until your body fills in the remaining hole from the inside-out. At times the body can produce early scar tissue that may prevent complete closure and your surgeon may need assist this healing with a small office based procedure. Maintain close follow up with your doctor but i would anticipate this to close over the next week. Best wishes.