Tissue Adhesive Wound Care

ExitCare ImageA wound can be repaired by using tissue adhesive. Tissue adhesive holds the skin together and allows faster healing. It forms a strong bond on the skin in about 1 minute and reaches its full strength in about 2 or 3 minutes. The adhesive disappears naturally while healing. Follow up is required if your caregiver wants to recheck for infection and to make sure your wound is healing properly.

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.


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

  • Showers are allowed. Do not soak the area containing the tissue adhesive. Do not take baths, swim, or use hot tubs. Do not use any soaps or ointments on the wound until it has healed.

  • If a bandage (dressing) has been applied, follow your caregiver's instructions for how often to change the dressing.

  • Keep the dressing dry if one has been applied.

  • Do not scratch, pick, or rub the adhesive.

  • Do not place tape over the adhesive. The adhesive could come off when pulling the tape off.

  • Protect the wound from further injury until it is healed.

  • Protect the wound from sun and tanning bed exposure while it is healing and for several weeks after healing.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments as directed by your caregiver.


  • Your wound becomes red, swollen, hot, or tender.

  • You have increasing pain in the wound.

  • You have a red streak that goes away from the wound.

  • You have pus coming from the wound.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have shaking chills.

  • There is a bad smell coming from the wound.

  • The wound or adhesive breaks open.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.