What happens if you leave stitches in too long does it cause infection?
- Country GIRLLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
Depends on the type of stiches used ,cat gut dissolve, mostly used inside.
Then you have the surgical thread, which always needs removed by a health
care provider. Then there's the metal staples.
When stiches are left in longer than normal they sometimes leave scars in
the place they were placed. Or the skin/flesh grows to the threads.An
infection can develop. Symptoms may include redness, swelling, fever,
pain/tenderness, at the site of the stiches. May also be warm to the
touch and may have leakage with a foul smell.
The skin we have has a natural barrier(its out protector) from infections!!!!
With intact skin----- infections usually don't/wont occur. However when
the skin is broken this is a direct invite into the skin for germs!!!!Having
infections from germs located on the skin and the environment we live in.
Most or many infections are caused by bacteria such as...……….
STREPTOCOOCCUS < STAPHYLOCOCCUS & PSEUDOMONAS.
However other issues can cause infections.
Its best to see your HCP, without treatment(s) this infection could
lead to abscess, cellulitis, or even sepsis.
After the HCP has diagnosed the cause they can scrip some
antibiotics. If its a small infection and not real bad a local cream
antibiotic is usually given.If its larger and very infected your HCP
will scrip an oral type antibiotic.
With antibiotic susceptibility testing the HCP will be able to
determine what type antibiotics that's best to treat the infection.
If this was a severe case....IV antibiotics are used and surgical
removal of dead tissues or dying tissue.Source(s): nurse
- RoddyLv 76 months ago
There are two types of stitch material. Most stitching these days is done with soluble sutures. These are 'eaten' by enzymes brought in your lymph system - they do not dissolve in water. In theory they don't need to be removed, but often there is too little lymph with surface wounds to dissolve them properly. It is a good idea to get them removed after 10-12 days, by which time they will have done their job fully.
If these stitches are not removed they will not cause infection as such, but the holes can remain open (like a piercing) and dirt, etc can accumulate in these holes, eventually allowing infection.
Non-soluble stitches MUST be removed by the doctor as your lymph system will not deal with them. Again, if they remain for too long the holes can heal around them and leave permanent 'stitch tunnels'.
With all stitches, they can be very much harder to remove once the skin arid them thickens and dries out.
- AmarettaLv 76 months ago
Yes, it can cause infection. It also makes them harder to remove.
- bubbaLv 66 months ago
maybe , maybe not , but they will have to be dug out with a large needle
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- ocularnervosaLv 76 months ago
If they aren't dissolvable they will get dirty and become infected. It can lead to gangrene.
- kelvinLv 76 months ago
nope they would dissolve
- David B.Lv 76 months ago
No, but they become more difficult to remove in some cases. plus they leave unnecessary scarring.
- Andy CLv 76 months ago
If they don't dissolve, yes, infection is almost assured.