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What are stitches or sutures?

Stitches are used to hold a wound together while it heals. Stitches must be done within 8 to 12 hours of the injury so germs do not get trapped under the skin. Depending on the wound characteristics, a product known as "skin glue," butterfly bandages, or Steri-Strips may be used to join the wound edges together.

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