How to Care for
The following care instructions will help to recover
as quickly and easily as possible from the stitches used to close a
It is important that you avoid any contact with
water for the first 2 days following surgery.
For the next three days (Days 3 - 5), it is
important to not soak in water. You may take a shower, but
avoid leaving the stitched area in the path of the direct stream
of water. Avoid baths and swimming.
During Days 3, 4, and 5, you may clean the area
with Calendula Succus. Use a poultice of Blanched Cabbage
leaf (about 1/2" thick, 1" larger than the incision) if infection
After this period of time, you may bathe and swim
as normal on Day 6.
It is wise to keep the area covered if you think
you may be exposed to potential irritants (clothing, chemicals,
etc.), but it is not necessary. Cover the area as needed.
Open air and sunshine helps if there is no local trauma to the
area of the stitches.
After the scar has healed over and any scabbing
has fallen off, you may apply a small amount of Vitamin E oil
alternating with Lavender oil. Use these for 3 days
following the removal of your stitches. Apply the Vitamin E
in the morning and the Lavender oil in the evening. Vitamin
E helps soften and reduce the scarring, and Lavender oil helps
clear up the local redness.
If pain or inflammation persists, call your
physician or surgeon for advice.
How to Care for Your Surgical Incision
Apply Calendula Succus, a juice derived from the
calendula flower, 4-5 times a day. It is only necessary to
apply 1-2 drops per site.
Let the succus sit on the area for a couple of
minutes before attempting to wipe it off.
It is helpful to cover the area for the first few
days following surgery to provide a protective barrier from your
clothes, pollution, etc.
After about 10 days, the scabbing should have
fallen off. Rub olive oil into the scab from day 4 until it
falls off easily.
Once there is no more scab present, you can apply
a small amount of Vitamin E oil, alternating with small amounts of
Lavender oil. The Vitamin E helps to soften the scar and aid
in the healing process, while the Lavender oil decreases the
redness around the area. You only need apply each oil once
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