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Anyone with an injury requiring stitches would probably love to hear if there are other options. Stitching can be scary, especially to a child. But is skin adhesive a good choice when closing a wound? That depends on a few things.
As I scrolled through my Facebook feed, I saw a picture of a little girl who had fallen and badly cut her chin. The caption under the photo was: "my daughter opted for medical glue instead of stitches."
Skin adhesive is a less painful and less scary choice when closing a wound, so doesn't that make it a good option? It can be, but there are two very important factors to consider that would require stitches rather than skin adhesive.
The first thing to determine is how far the wound goes into the layers of the skin. Generally speaking, the deeper the cut, the more it will need to be stitched.
Another factor is the location of the wound. If it is on the part of the body that moves a lot, like the knee or a knuckle, stitching, and limiting movement are required for proper healing.
Many doctors will opt for skin adhesives to close a superficial wound. When you think about it, it makes sense that a deep cut would require stitches, while one that is superficial could be closed with skin adhesive. For a cut that is shallow or located on the face, medical glue is much less painful than stitching the skin, and the chance of scarring is minimalized.
Skin adhesives are also used for serious wounds that require more protection than stitching alone. In these cases, medical glue is applied after the skin is sutured to create a dynamic duo of skin bonding.
One word: NO! Super glue is not formulated for use on human skin. It contains toxic ingredients and does not provide the flexibility of medical adhesive. Never use super glue on your skin for any reason! While it may be right there in your toolbox or the junk drawer in your kitchen, please keep it away from your cut.
Let's take a look at the top 5 skin adhesives:
An effective way to bond wounds from surgical incisions, including incisions from minimally invasive surgery and superficial cuts. Dermabond Advanced Topical Skin Adhesive adds 75% more strength to wound closures than sutures alone.
A sterile, liquid topical skin adhesive provides a very effective closure for incisions up to 4cm. It creates a barrier against microbes and kills surface bacteria. Provides 7-day holding strength in just 3 minutes
This adhesive forms a strong microbial shield for major surgical and trauma wounds to help protect wounds as they heal. The no-clog formation and tip allow simple and precise dosages accommodating narrow and wide applications. The 90 minutes of intraoperative use enables users to work at their own pace.
Designed to be extremely resistant to discharge and is the barrier of choice for many urostomies and ileostomies. It can be cut for customized use in stoma care.
Made with healing Karaya, which helps to clear irritated skin. These protective barriers are an adhesive alternative and help maintain peristomal pH levels.
These are just 5 available skin adhesive options. Shop HPFY for our complete line of skin adhesives and wound care essentials. Always seek medical advice for serious wounds.
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