View Full Version : Swimming with/after sutures (stitches

April 15th, 2004, 01:17 PM
A question for all those crazy swimmers out there. I received stitches in my right index finger and was wondering how soon i could return to the water after the stitches come out. What is the shortest time that anyone has hit the water after stitches? Is it possible to go swimming with them in? maybe just wrap them up real good? Thanks for the input!

April 15th, 2004, 01:23 PM
Call your doctor back and ask him/her.

April 15th, 2004, 01:26 PM
I've been told that you need to wait til the stitches are out. It probably depends on how deep your cut is and how well you are healing. I agree with aquageek. When in doubt, call your Dr.

April 15th, 2004, 01:36 PM
Should be ok after the sutures are out, but not before.

April 15th, 2004, 02:00 PM
I recently got a gash on my head that required a few stiches. I was allowed to kick with a board but told by my doc not to get my stiches wet ---which made shampooing a challenge!

I don't see how you can keep your finger out of the water tho; better take up jogging for a while.

April 15th, 2004, 02:35 PM
I once tried swimming with a fistglove on to cover stitches in the hand. I tried taping the opening at the wrist to keep water out, but couldn't get a seal good enough to not leak. I ended up kicking most of the time with the hand wearing the fistglove up on a kickboard. It's better than nothing.

April 15th, 2004, 05:21 PM
I'm no doctor but where there's a will, there's always a way. Do you think that an undersized dishwashing glove and some duct tape would do the trick?

Duct Tape or "duck" tape as most people refer to it can fix almost anything!!! I've seen people use it on their cars for Pete's sake. If your stitches come out, just duct tape them.;)

April 15th, 2004, 05:33 PM
Originally posted by Backman
Do you think that an undersized dishwashing glove and some duct tape would do the trick?

I think I must have slept through that lecture. Now out here in the swamps of North Carolina we just apply a poultice, isn't that right Aquageek?