Also known as liquid stitches, skin adhesive is a special medical glue to close wounds. It is a quick, pain-free, safe alternative to stitches and staples.
Medical glue can be used on its own or with stitches or adhesive tape.
Topical skin adhesives are liquid cyanoacrylate monomers that form a strong bond upon contact with the moisture of the skin. Thus, edges of a wound are joined together, and the wound starts to heal underneath.
Skin glue is usually used for simple cuts or wounds that:
Sometimes, medical skin adhesive can be used to close wounds that may be larger and longer. In that case, the wound may be closed internally with subcutaneous sutures, then externally with medical glue.
Liquid stitches are ideal for operations and procedures such as:
Not all wounds are suitable for skin adhesives. For example, wound glue is not ideal in highly mobile areas, such as wounds over joints, as it cannot withstand as much tension as sutures. Also, not suitable for areas that are moist or damp.
Advantages of wound glue include:
Your doctor or nurse will give instructions about caring for a wound closed with surgical glue before leaving the hospital. Those might include:
Rarely contact dermatitis may occur in some patients during or after the treatment. Allergic reactions usually clear up in a few days but may sometimes persist for months. Contact your doctor immediately if you have an allergic reaction which may include:
See your medical provider immediately if:
Liquid stitches are safe and effective in closing certain wounds. LIQUIBAND Exceed Topical Skin Adhesive from McKesson helps close both surgical and trauma injuries. Medical glues like the popular Ethicon Dermabond Advanced Topical Skin Adhesive come with a convenient applicator tip for safe and easy application.
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