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OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches

I had hand surgery about a month ago and just recently stopped keeping it wrapped up. The problem I have is there is a good bit of dried blood built up all around the stitches. One part in particular is REALLY bad because it is in between 2 nubs (pink and ring fingers? if I can still call them that? ) and IDK how to get it out. I don't want to pick at it and risk ripping something open but it is quite a bit of build up and looks pretty bad.

Is there anything I can use to soften/dissolve the blood that won't mess with the stitches or the wound? I'm not bleeding or anything anymore so I would assume the wound is closed up since it has been a little over a month now.




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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
Peroxide will soften some of the dried blood.

You could also get a warm wash cloth and let sit on this area...then dab at it and this would clean as well.


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Peroxide will soften some of the dried blood.

You could also get a warm wash cloth and let sit on this area...




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Titus Pullo
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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
Use a wire brush.


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pressure washer


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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
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Peroxide will soften some of the dried blood.


That's what I was thinking. I just didn't know if it would soften anything else and cause it to open back up or if it would screw with the stitches. They're taking them out tomorrow but I would like to "clean it up" a little before then. Plus the dried blood rubbing the skin is kinda irritating.


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SM6
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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
Soak it in Epsom Salts. That will tell you if the wound has closed up AND help soften the blood so you can wipe it away with a damp towel. But then again, I'm not a doctor.

What would cause you to still have stitches one month in, anyways?


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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
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Peroxide will soften some of the dried blood.

You could also get a warm wash cloth and let sit on this area...then dab at it and this would clean as well.


This. And just a little tip to everyone...if you get blood on your clothes (as I did frequently when I was a vet tech), peroxide gets it off.


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What would cause you to still have stitches one month in, anyways?


I am paranoid and wanted to wait for them to dissolve


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if you get blood on your clothes (as I did frequently when I was a vet tech), peroxide gets it off.


Will that work on human blood too, or just animal blood. Hypothetical of course.


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it is in between 2 nubs (pink and ring fingers? if I can still call them that?
Wait. Did your fingers get cut off?


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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
You lost 2 fingers?


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Srbtiger06
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Soak it in Epsom Salts. That will tell you if the wound has closed up


I am assuming that would be somewhat painful?


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Wait. Did your fingers get cut off?

If so, do they still try to type?


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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
Human blood too. You just have to pour it on before you wash it. It wont take it out once it has been washed. If it still bubbles on contact, you are good.


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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
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Human blood too. You just have to pour it on before you wash it. It wont take it out once it has been washed. If it still bubbles on contact, you are good.



What about getting human blood out of the carpet of the trunk of my car?


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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
It's probably a scab more so than just dry blood. Just leave it pussy


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What about getting human blood out of the carpet of the trunk of my car?


ask Casey Antony


And Mr Fusion is right, the quicker you get the peroxide on the blood the better. And don't wash till after.


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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
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I am paranoid and wanted to wait for them to dissolve



Are they blue? Black? They will not dissolve. This is fishing string. What did your surgeon say? A month seems very excessive. The skin and tissue will eventually try and grow up over the sutures. You are already going to have hell getting them removed.


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re: OT Nurses or others....dried blood around stitches
Can I get peroxide in 5 gallon buckets?


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