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How long should you leave a bandage on, and how would you safely

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how long should you leave a bandage on, and how would you safely remove the bandage, protecting - dissolving stitches on the bridge of the nose, after a fall, (86 yrs old). As they are on blood thinning tablets, the amount of blood was considerable and the bandage is soaked through.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.
Hi and welcome,Ideally bandage should be kept for first 24 hours and after that if it is soaked it should be changed and wound should be washed with wet cotton swab. If bleeding is moderate to severe then you need to go to doctor to check if any place is left un sutured. Though bleeding is more than average on patient taking blood thinners.Let me know if you have further questions.Please do not forget to leave a positive rating by clicking on stars on top right corner.Wish you good health
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the UK hospital are not removing the bandage until this Friday which will be 6 days. Is it different with DISSOLVING STITCHES !
What should the bandage be soaked in...to safely remove bandage, without disturbing the DISSOLVING STITCHES
The patient is not in any pain, although the scan showed a FRACTURE on the bridge of the nose
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.
Ok it is fine to keep it on in case of nasal fracture and dissolving stitches. But if bandage is so much soaked that blood dribbles through it then you should see your doctor. No worries for now if bleeding is not much and have no pain. Please do not forget to leave a positive rating by clicking on stars on top right corner.Best wishes.
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.
Cold compresses (ice wrapped in cloth) would help in preventing bleeding.Please do not forget to leave a positive rating by clicking on stars on top right corner.Best.
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