Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 6 months ago

What happens if you leave stitches in too long does it cause infection?

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  • 6 months ago
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    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...……….


    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
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  • Roddy
    Lv 7
    6 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.

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes, it can cause infection. It also makes them harder to remove.

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  • bubba
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    maybe , maybe not , but they will have to be dug out with a large needle

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  • 6 months ago

    If they aren't dissolvable they will get dirty and become infected. It can lead to gangrene.

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  • kelvin
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    nope they would dissolve

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  • 6 months ago

    No, but they become more difficult to remove in some cases. plus they leave unnecessary scarring.

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  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    If they don't dissolve, yes, infection is almost assured.

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