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What causes redness an swelling around wound stitches?

I have stitches from getting cut by a shard of glass on my hip. The stitches have became red, swollen, itchy, and are painful to even touch. I ve been using neosporin like I was advised, and have left it uncovered. However no fever or warmness to the touch. Are they healing or is this a sign of infection? I m 30 weeks pregnant, and don t wanna waste a trip to the hospital. (All doctors are closed due to hurricane)
Wed, 2 Nov 2016
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Ophthalmologist 's  Response
it can be allergic and inflammatory reaction of stitches. can take tab levocetrizine 5 mg daily. keep it clean and if doe snot subside alternate stitches can be removed. subsiquently all the stitches can be removed.
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