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A 32-year-old member asked:

when broken bones heal does it get itchy?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Not typical: This is not typical, but since every individual is unique, it may be that your body reacts in that way.
Dr. Jennifer Tucker
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
The skin can: You may be immobilized in a cast after a fracture. The cast keeps your skin from sloughing normally which can cause itching. Also, increased blood flow in the area of our fracture can cause this as well.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes. I believe its -: Due to the skin cells under a cast or a splint, which accumulate under the cast/splint, causing itching. Normally without such covering, the skin cells fall off, during normal activities. After the fx heals and cast is removed, with normal washing, the skin cells are removed, so itching decreases in a few days.

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Do babies with fused bones in their skull need surgery?

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No: This answer depends on the amount of fusion, the location, and the bones involved. There are some genetic disorders that lend to large fusions, creating very abnormal skulls. Crouzon's disease is one such disorder. If fusion is detected or found on imaging, immediate follow up with a neurosurgeon and geneticist is required to help make that decision.
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Is it safe to use anti-itch cream on my child?

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Yes: Small children have thinner skin, and are more sensitive to the effects of topical preparations.
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When do I need to take and oral antihistamine for itching as opposed to a topical cream?

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If cream not working: The time to switch from a cream to an oral antihistamine is if the itching/rash is widespread enough that you're needing to use a lot of cream or if the cream isn't working. You can certainly combine the cream and the pills. If you develop the symptoms during pregnancy or they don't get better with treatment, talk to your doctor. Rashes during pregnancy can be a sign of complications.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

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With less energy: It takes less energy from falls to cause a wrist fracture in an osteoporotic person. Also, the fractures can be more "smashed" into pieces with ostoeporosis.
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A female asked:

I have flea bites on my skin. How can I make them stop itching? And how can I repel the fleas from biting me!?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Over-the-counter med: For flea bites, one can take claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine that causes itching. Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for about 5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can put an anti-itch gel such as "itch-x" on bites. Itch-x has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing or painful, a doctor can evaluate. "deep woods off" repels fleas.

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