This page is suitable for people who have received treatment for a variety of different wounds such as a cut, graze or scrape. It is not intended for patients who have had an operation.

Wound care

Your wound has been treated by one or more of the following:

  • Suturing (stitches)
  • Staples (clips)
  • Adhesive wound closure strips
  • Medical glue (super glue)

All wounds should be kept clean and dry while healing is taking place. Do not cover the wound with waterproof fingerstalls or plastic gloves. All wounds heal in time but following the advice on the page it will help to reduce infections.

If your wound re-opens please return to the department or make an appointment to see the practice nurse at your GP’s surgery.


As with stitches, removal of the staples should be arranged with your GP or practice nurse. If the staples are in your scalp - only wash your hair once during this period. Please rinse your hair thoroughly. Take care when brushing your hair as the staples may be tugged.

Adhesive wound closure strips

Lightly dampen the strips and carefully peel them off. You can do this at home or make an appointment with the practice nurse at your GP’s surgery.


Glue does not need to be removed. Just like a scab, it will fall off. Do not pick the scab. Warm water will help lift any remaining glue from the healed wound.

Printable version of this page

Wound care advice for patients GHPI0767 Department: Emergency Medicine Review due: March 2024 PDF, 81.5 KB, 2 pages
Reference number GHPI0767_03_21
Department Emergency Medicine
Review due March 2024