Wounds treated with skin glue

After the wound has been cleaned, it has been treated with skin glue. At home, keep an eye for infections in the wound.

About your visit

Your wound has been cleaned and glued. The wound normally heals within five to ten days, and the skin glue will disappear by itself. Your wound may have been covered by a bandage and you may have received a vaccination against tetanus.

When you get home

Contact your general practitioner at signs of infection

Keep an eye out for signs of infection until the wound has healed. Contact your general practitioner or dial 1813 to reach the medical helpline outside your general practitioner’s opening hours if you experience one or several of the following symptoms:

  • Redness, warmth or swelling at the site of the wound.
  • Throbbing or pulsing pains.
  • Red stripes on the skin extending from the site of the wound.
  • Wet or foul-smelling bandage.
  • Fever.

Take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain

You should take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain. Pain-relieving medicine can be bought over the counter. Take only the amount of pain reliever recommended on the package. Contact your general practitioner if you need help managing the pain.

Tetanus vaccination

If you received a tetanus vaccination at the hospital, it is normal for the skin around the area to become red, swollen or tender. This will pass after about a week.

Keep the bandage clean and dry

You should keep the bandage clean and dry. Avoid touching the bandage for the first two days. The risk of infection increases if the bandage gets wet. Change the bandage if it gets wet.

Only take showers

You may take showers after 24 hours, but make sure that the wound does not get wet as the glue will dissolve in water. The glue can tolerate a little dampness though. After 2-5 days you may carefully wash the wound.Carefully dab the wound with a clean towel or washcloth when drying.

Avoid baths, swimming pools and swimming in the sea until the wound has healed, as this increases the risk of infection.

Do not scratch the wound

Avoid scratching your wound if it is itchy. Cover the wound with a bandage if necessary. The risk of infection is reduced if you let the scab fall off by itself.

Do not use cream or ointment on the wound

Avoid using cream or ointment directly on the wound while the glue is on.

Practical precautions

Avoid nicotine

We recommend that you abstain from nicotine until your wound has healed. Nicotine is found in cigarettes, nicotine gum and nicotine patches. It impairs the healing of wounds.

Avoid direct sunlight

You should avoid getting direct sunlight on the wound as long as the skin is red. The skin usually remains red for six months to a year. During this period, the skin is especially at risk of sunburn and may darken. The dark colour will not disappear. We recommend using a sunscreen with a high SPF or wearing clothes that cover your scar.

Avoid handling food if the wound is on your hand

If the wound is on your hand, do not handle food until the wound has healed.

Worth knowing

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