How to remove wound glue

Updated April 17, 2017

Wound glue is an alternative to sutures, staples and bandages. There are multiple varieties of wound glue -- from the over-the-counter liquid bandage variety -- to much stronger versions used in operating rooms. When attempting to remove wound glue, you may find that the usual techniques -- such as washing with soap and a washcloth -- don't do the job effectively. Special wound adhesive remover comes as both a liquid and as wipes, sealed in individual packets. Look for wound glue remover at surgical supply stores, or ask the physician who applied the liquid bandage to give you some, before you leave.

Wash the wound thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water. Pat it dry with a clean paper towel. Assess whether the glue is ready to be removed. Consult your physician if you have any doubts.

Open the wound glue remover pad, or bottle of liquid solution. If using liquid, saturate a clean gauze pad.

Wipe the surface of the wound with the pad gently, from top to bottom. Do not scrub, as this may reopen the wound. Continue wiping until all the wound glue is gone.

Wash the wound again with antibacterial soap and warm water, and pat it dry with a new paper towel. Avoid rubbing hard with either the soap, or the towel. Do not use a washcloth.

Cover the wound with an adhesive bandage, or sterile gauze and medical tape, in order to protect it -- if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Paper towels
  • Adhesive remover solution
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