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Spitting sutures occur after a surgery when one or several of the stiches that were placed do not dissolve properly. Spitting sutures typically occur 1-2 months after a skin surgery has been completed. 


Spitting sutures typically appear as a non-healing bump or set of bumps within the surgical scar. Many times, spitting sutures can look like pimples that do not seem to heal or painful and draining pimples. In some cases, they can come to the skin surface and can be felt as a sharp object withijn the pimple. 


Spitting sutures are lesions that develop when a surgical suture ("stitch") that is supposed to dissolve does not dissolve properly. The body recognizes the remaining suture as a foreign material. A local inflammatory reaction often accompanies the spitting suture and can appear as a small pus-filled bump or inflamed papule that eventually becomes a focal ulceration or opening in the skin. Spitting sutures typically occur 1-2 months after the skin surgery. 


If given enough time, the suture can be discharged from the body on its own. However, since these can be painful and uncomfortable, the suture can be removed by a physician if the suture material is visible, allowing the painful bump or ulceration to heal.