Tissue Adhesive Wound Care

Cuts and wounds can be closed with tissue adhesive. Adhesive is like glue. It holds the skin together and helps a wound heal faster. This adhesive goes away on its own as the wound heals.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Showers are allowed. Do not soak the wound in water. Do not take baths, swim, or use hot tubs. Do not use soaps or creams on your wound until it heals.

  • If a bandage (dressing) was put on, change it as often as told by your doctor.

  • Keep the bandage dry.

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

  • Do not put tape over the adhesive. The adhesive could come off.

  • Protect the wound from another injury.

  • Protect the wound from sun and tanning beds.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your wound is red, puffy (swollen), hot, or tender.

  • You have more pain in the wound.

  • You have a red streak going away from the wound.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have chills and start to shake.

  • There is a bad smell coming from the wound.

  • The wound or adhesive breaks open.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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