How do I know if my postpartum stitches are infected?
Look out for any signs that the cut or surrounding tissue has become infected, such as:
- red, swollen skin.
- discharge of pus or liquid from the cut.
- persistent pain.
- an unusual smell.
How do you clean infected stitches?
They can do this by:
- keeping the stitches covered and dry for the first 24 hours.
- cleaning the stitches gently with mild soap and water.
- avoiding perfumed soaps, alcohol wipes, iodine, and peroxide.
- patting the area dry gently with a fresh towel after cleaning.
What do infected vaginal stitches feel like?
For the stitches that you can see, make sure to watch for any signs of infection. These signs include if the incision area is red, swollen, or weeping pus; or if you have a fever. Vaginal bleeding and discharge.
Can I put anything on my stitches after birth?
Use soothing products
An icepack wrapped in a cloth, or clean muslin can be used to tackle perineal discomfort by gently pressing it on the painful area. Be sure not to apply too much pressure though, and always be gentle with yourself. Another option is to apply soothing (natural) products to the area.
What do infected stitches after birth look like?
Call your doctor or go to the emergency room if you experience an infection such as: Fever of 100 degrees F or more. Foul-smelling and/or greenish discharge. Redness and swelling around the stitches.
What happens if your stitches are infected?
Without treatment, an infection of your stitches can spread to other parts of your skin or body and cause complications such as abscess formation, cellulitis, or even sepsis. Your doctor may take a sample of discharge from your infected stitches.
Can dissolvable stitches get infected?
Unlike with permanent sutures, dissolvable ones are much less likely to create stitch reactions such as infection or granulomas. Signs of infection include: redness. swelling.
What ointment is good for stitches?
A layer of polysporin or bacitracin ointment must be kept over the sutures until they are removed. You may leave the incision site covered or uncovered during the day it is your preference, however, we do recommend that a layer of the antibiotic ointment be kept over the sutures at all times.
How do I know my stitches are healing?
The edges will pull together, and you might see some thickening there. It’s also normal to spot some new red bumps inside your shrinking wound. You might feel sharp, shooting pains in your wound area. This may be a sign that you’re getting sensations back in your nerves.
How do I know if my stitches are infected?
Watch out for any signs of infection near or around the stitches, such as:
- increased redness around the wound.
- pus or bleeding from the wound.
- the wound feeling warm.
- an unpleasant smell from the wound.
- increasing pain.
- a high temperature.
- swollen glands.
How long does a vaginal tear take to heal?
How long does it take a vaginal tear to heal? Most women feel relief from any pain caused by a vaginal tear in about two weeks. If your tear required stitches, they will dissolve within six weeks.