Glued wounds

If we have closed your wound with medical glue, please follow these instructions to help your wound heal. 

  • The glue must stay in place until your wound has healed. This takes 5 to 6 days. 
  • The glue forms part of the scab. Do not pick at this because it comes off gradually by itself.

If you have diabetes or diabetic neuropathy (a type of nerve damage), please tell the staff treating you. We can then personalise your treatment. 

Looking after your wound


  • keep your wound clean and dry
  • leave the dressing in place for the time that your doctor tells you


  • do not wash the area or get it wet for 7 days
  • do not pick at the scab when the dressing is removed
  • do not put a dressing over your wound if it is on your face or head. It is best to leave this type of wound open to the air

Pain relief

You can buy regular painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, from a pharmacy or shop. They should be enough to relieve your pain if you take them regularly by following the instructions on the packet. 

It is important to check that the painkillers do not react with any other medicine you take. Ask your pharmacist if you are not sure. 

Speak to your GP if:

there are signs that your wound is infected, such as:

  • your wound becomes red or swollen
  • your wound becomes very painful
  • your wound reopens completely
  • there is pus (a thick, yellow liquid) or blood coming from your wound

Resource number: 0139/VER4
Last reviewed: February 2019
Currently under review

Contact us

If you have any questions about looking after your wound, please contact the urgent care centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Phone: 020 7188 6182 8am to midnight.

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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