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Walk-in Clinic

Phone: 519-822-7841

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Pharmasave Arkell Pharmacy

Phone: 519-822-7859

Wound Care Tips After a Stitch Removal

Wound Care Tips After a Stitch Removal

One of the most common procedures of closing a wound is stitching. From lacerations, accidental cuts, or operations, stitches are used to allow the skin to heal naturally.

Depending on the location and size of your wound, stitches can be removed within 14 days by your family doctor in Guelph. Taking care of your incision is important to ensure it won’t reopen or get infected.

Here are tips from your local walk-in clinic in Guelph on how to care for your wound after suture removal:

  • Preparing your materials
    Before going to your doctor to get your stitches removed, make sure to visit a pharmacy in Guelph to ensure you have the products needed for basic wound cleaning, such as medical gloves, alcohol pads, gauze sponges, and dressings.
  • Cleaning
    You need to keep the wound clean and dry. Use water and soap to clean the area and a cloth to dry. If the area is prone to contamination or re-injury, cover it with a band-aid.
  • Care for a scar
    Applying vitamin E cream or aloe vera can reduce scarring. You also need to use a sunblock with at least SPF 30 to protect the scar from direct sun exposure.
  • Watch out for possible infection
    Even though your sutures have been removed, your wound is still healing and may get infected. If you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, pain, and swelling, call your doctor immediately.

Do you need help in removing your stitches?

At Arkell Walk-In Clinic & Arkell Pharmacy, a medical clinic in Ontario, we offer stitch removal for minor lacerations. Our friendly staff will also provide you with tips on how to effectively care for your wound so you can heal quickly. Call us now to set an appointment.

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Contact Information

  • 403 Arkell Road, Unit 4.
    Guelph, ON N1L 1E5
  • WALK-IN CLINIC *Now accepting UHIP patients* Phone: 519-822-7841
    Fax #: 519-822-5775
  • PHARMACY Phone: 519-822-7859
    Fax #: 519-822-5631
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Arkell Walk-In Clinic

  • Monday 10 AM - 6 PM (Nov.1 - Closed)
  • Tuesday 9 AM - 6 PM
  • Wednesday 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Friday 1 PM - 5 PM (Open every other Friday-see Google for up to date hours)
  • Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM (Open every other Saturday-see Google for up to date hours)
  • Sunday Closed

Pharmacy Hours

  • Monday 9 AM - 6 PM
  • Tuesday 9 AM - 6 PM
  • Wednesday 9 AM - 6 PM
  • Thursday 9 AM - 6 PM
  • Friday 9 AM - 6 PM
  • Saturday 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday Closed

*Please Call Pharmacy for Holiday Hours*