Steri strips should be removed carefully and only with the advice of a health care practitioner, according to WebMD. To remove steri strips, begin peeling the strip up slowly, working from the outside and peeling toward the incision area. Once the sides have been loosened, repeat the process on the bottom and top edges of the steri strip.
Steri strips must be removed carefully and slowly — not like ripping off an adhesive bandage — because the entire strip is stuck to the incision, unlike an adhesive bandage that has a gauze like pad over the wound. While steri strips can be worn in the shower, it is important to remove them prior to bathing on days the strips are being changed.