What should I do with my stitch abscess? (Photos)

I haf a TT 5 weeks ago and i developed a stitch absses according my surgeon. He said that i should put gauze and let it bc the stitch came out while i was showering. I saw it myself. I always put tripe antibiotic and cover it. It have been 3 wks already and is slowly getting better. I think i should not cover it anymore so it can dry and form a scab. I think that way it will heal faster. I am not sure. Everytime i took the gauze off it stick to my skin and started to bleed a little.

Doctor Answers 3

Stitch abcess treatment

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.

Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Stitch abscess

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...

James E. Hardy, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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