How can adult males care for a circumcision wound?

Jennifer S. Singer, MD
After adult circumcision the care is generally the same as for children. Bacitracin ointment can be applied along the suture line for a good three to four weeks after the procedure, and then switch to Vaseline until all the stitches dissolve. Doctors use absorbable sutures, so it is good to keep the stitches moist and apply Vaseline until they all dissolve. No further direct care is required after the stitches have dissolved, other than normal cleaning.

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