Stitch removal

Discussion in 'After Effects' started by GoldenPsych, Feb 17, 2008.

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  1. GoldenPsych

    GoldenPsych Well-Known Member

    Is it safe to remove my own stitches if i get something sharp to cut in to them. It really hurts still so not sure if it is ready to be taken out. I cantg afford petrol to get to docs until wed and then i am at work so not sure what to do really.
  2. bunny

    bunny Staff Alumni

    please dont remove them yourself, you risk taking them out too soon or getting an infection. Could you get a bus to the doctor instead? Or maybe even a lift from someone who knows you're good for a favour? You could even try calling the doctors surgery and ask if they could arrange transport, some places do for a small fee.
  3. resistance

    resistance Staff Alumni

    Well, I certainly wouldn't recommend it. Removing your own stitches can lead to problems, especially if the wound hasn't healed properly or the equipment you use isn't sterilised etc. I suggest you phone your doctors and let them know you're unable to get to them for the time being and see what they suggest.
  4. nedflanders

    nedflanders Well-Known Member

    No one is going to recommend that you take them out yourself. But I have. I had a cut on my thumb that needed two stitches. It was too much trouble to go to an MD's office for something like that. The cut had obviously healed completely (I think the stitches were in for ~2 weeks). I snipped the threads with a fingernail cutter and pulled them out. No big deal, and no pain at all.

    However, if these stitches go in deeper (like from an appendectomy), then absolutely do not take them out yourself.

    Dunno if this helps.
  5. Joshuwah

    Joshuwah Well-Known Member

    I removed a set of stitches I had in my bottom lip once, bad idea tbh :laugh:

    So I really don't recommend it, Ended up being in hospital for another day because of it >.<
  6. GoldenPsych

    GoldenPsych Well-Known Member

    I think i need to see the nurse anyway as is really painful and it has only just started getting painful in past couple of days. My arm throbs below it and is red and hot so i am going to see if I can see uni doc tomorrow - -f not it will have to wait til wed so see if can get it sorted at my own doc then.
  7. Joshuwah

    Joshuwah Well-Known Member

    That'd be the best thing to do.

    Keep safe :hug:
  8. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    It sounds as if you may have an infection. It is a good idea to get in to see the nurse so it can be taken care of properly. I hope things turn out okay. :hug:
  9. GoldenPsych

    GoldenPsych Well-Known Member

    I went to walk in centre and had them removed. Only had to wait 30mins so wasnt 2 bad. Got to go again on thurs as my whole arm is tender and it is very sore. She said is more than likely my body was attacking the stitches which was why was painful. SO It still hurts but I am glad they are out now.
  10. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    glad to hear you got them out, instead of doing it yourself, its best to be safe than sorry :hug: take care hun
  11. titanic

    titanic Well-Known Member

    I had some stitches came out on their own / they seemed to break up. But then I was concerned in case their were some left under the skin.

    Hope your arm heals quickly.
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