5 Physical Problems Doctors Fix With Glue

Small Cuts and Wounds
Small cuts can be handily treated with medical-grade super glue. ©RusN/iStock/Thinkstock

Why pull out the needle and thread when you could just glue yourself back together? Medical-grade super glue 2-octyl cyanoacrylate is a liquid topical skin adhesive, developed and approved to close superficial wounds. It's best used in place of sutures that are classified on the suture sizing scale at 5-0 or less in diameter, on lacerations on the face, arms, legs and torso.

To use it, your doctor or surgeon will hold together the edges of your wound while applying a thin strip of glue over the seam; that's right, there's no anesthetic needed. The glue dries in about 20 to 30 seconds, and because it wears away during the healing process, it's gone in about a week. (It can also be removed with a little antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly and a little bit of peeling.)

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