Can you put an ice pack over stitches?

Random question, I was in a car accident a few days ago and had some significant damage to my ear, thus getting many, many stitches. Well naturally my ear has swollen, is it alright to put an ice pack over my stitches?

 

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What Guys Said 1

  • I did. Doctor told me it was OK. Made swelling go down, felt better. But that was 5 years ago, who knows, might just call and double check. Just to be sure. Some new stitches will dissolve in water. So be safe, check.

What Girls Said 1

  • Should be fine. Do not leave it on for more than 20 minutes before giving your stitches a 20 minute break. After the first 2 days stop using the ice because it won't do you any more good and you need good circulation to get to the area to help you heal and fight possible infection.

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