Skin Adhesive Strip Removal

Your caregiver has used skin adhesive strips today to repair a wound. Skin adhesive strips are used to help a wound heal faster by holding the edges of the wound together. The skin adhesive strips can be removed when the wound has healed well enough for the wound to stay together after the skin adhesive strips are removed. A wound covering (dressing), depending on the location of the laceration, may have been applied. This may be changed once per day or as instructed. If the dressing sticks, it may be soaked off with soapy water.

Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort or fever as directed by your caregiver.

Return to your caregiver's office in 7 days or as directed to have your skin adhesive strips removed. You may remove the skin adhesive strips yourself as instructed by your caregiver.

You may need a tetanus shot if:

  • You cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot.

  • The injury broke your skin.

If you got a tetanus shot, your arm may swell, get red, and feel warm to the touch. This is common and not a problem. If you need a tetanus shot and you choose not to have one, there is a rare chance of getting tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound.

  • Pus is coming from wound.

  • You have a fever.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • There is a breaking open (not staying together) of the wound edges even after skin adhesive strips have been removed.