If we used Steri-Strips™ (paper-like sticky bandage strips) to close a wound, please follow these instructions to help your wound heal.

If your wound has a dressing, your doctor will tell you how long to leave it in place.


  • keep your wound clean and dry
  • remove the Steri-Strips by rolling them from both ends towards the middle. Soaking your wound in water first might make this easier


  • do not pick at any scabs
  • do not get the area wet, as the Steri-Strips might fall off
  • do not put a dressing over your wound if it is on your face. 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 unsure.


Resource number: 1639/VER3
Last reviewed: February 2019
Currently under review

Contact us

For questions about your Steri-Strips that cannot wait until a GP appointment, please contact the urgent care centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Phone: 020 7188 6182, 8am to 12 midnight.

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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