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.