Leaving your stitches in too long can have some serious consequences.

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Sources:
http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/symptom-index/suture-questions/
http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/2413.aspx?categoryid=72&subcategoryid=727
http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/S_T/Suture-care
http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Stitches_and_glue_care/
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/surgery/Education/facilities/measey/Wound_Closure_Manual.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5010330/