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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredThere are several signs that may help you to know when you should see your doctor about stitches for your wound. These signs include if the wound is jagged or on your face, if the edges of the wound flap open, if you can’t move comfortably, if the wound is deep, or if you haven’t received a tetanus shot in 5 years. If your wound shoots blood or if the blood seeps through the bandage, you should see your doctor about stitches. You should also see your doctor if you experience signs of infection. Signs of infection include a temperature over 100 ˚ F, redness spreading from the wound site, increasing pain, drainage, warmth, swelling, and a bad odor from the sore.
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredIf you are uncertain as to whether your wound needs stitches, consider seeking attention of a qualified physician. Some examples of wounds requiring sutures include large facial wounds, bleeding incisions, wounds around the eyes and mouth/lips, large full thickness wounds throughout the body.
American Red Cross answeredIt can be difficult to judge when a wound requires stitches. One rule of thumb is that a healthcare provider will need to stitch a wound if the edges of skin do not fall together, the laceration involves the face, or when any wound is over 1/2 inch long.
Stitches speed the healing process, lessen the chances of infection, and minimize scarring. They should be placed within the first few hours after the injury.