How to remove surgical glue

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How to remove surgical glue
Surgical glue is used often in place of stitches and staples. (surgical spirit image by JASON WINTER from

Surgical glue is a popular alternative to sutures and staples, according to eMedicineHealth. Surgical glue is safe for doctors to use on patients' skin and internally to keep an incision closed during healing. To remove glue that has seeped out of the wound or to remove the glue on your wound, you must use an adhesive remover that is safe for your skin.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Medical adhesive-removing wipes
  • Clean cloth
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Antibacterial cream such as zinc oxide

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  1. 1

    Rinse the area with clean water to remove any debris that may be on the skin or glue.

  2. 2

    Rub the area gently with the adhesive-removing wipes until all of the glue is off. You can get medical adhesive-removing wipes that are safe for the skin online or through your doctor.

  3. 3

    Rinse the area with warm water and a clean cloth to remove the adhesive remover.

  4. 4

    Wash the area with an antibacterial soap.

  5. 5

    Put a thin film of antibacterial cream on the wound to keep it protected.

Tips and warnings

  • Only use adhesive removers approved for use on skin. Other removers can cause irritations and infections.

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