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Can a c-section incision open up after 3months? Never had any infections just started walking / running and I see it pink sometimes & stings but dry

Can a c-section incision open up after 3months? Never had any infections just started walking / running and I see it pink sometimes & stings but dry

Unlikely: A significant amount of healing occurs within 3 months after a C-section. As long as there were no complications after surgery and you had an otherwise normal recovery, you should be ok. The stinging and pink coloration can occur for several more months. If you continue to have concerns, have your doctor evaluate to make sure everything is still ok.

Dr. Al Hegab
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I'm almost 6wks pp from a c-section & above the incision is red and swollen but not painful. Feels tender like a bruise. Is it an infection?

I'm almost 6wks pp from a c-section & above the incision is red and swollen but not painful. Feels tender like a bruise. Is it an infection?

Couldn't say: This is definitely something you should see your ob/gyn doctor for, he/she can tell wether an infection is present or if it is part of the healing process. If not happy with their answer, or keeps getting worse, seek a plastic surgeon.

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I am breastfeeding; my C-section incision is infected and has a yeast infection, could this be what is causing my baby to spit up and be extra gassy?

I am breastfeeding; my C-section incision is infected and has a yeast infection, could this be what is causing my baby to spit up and be extra gassy?

I'm so sorry. It's: Great that you're continuing to breastfeed. If the yeast is on your nipples &/or in baby's mouth, please talk to your pediatrician & OB for treatment for both of you. It can be hard to get rid of. Also, call the birth hospital's nursery for the name of a lactation consultant who can help you. Gas & spitting up may not be related, but it seems both of you are uncomfortable. You're a trooper!

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I was told that I have endometriosis on my incision where I had a cesarean section. How is this possible?

I was told that I have endometriosis on my incision where I had a cesarean section. How is this possible?

It is possible: Although somewhat unusual, endometriosis certainly can occur in a c-section scar, or any other pelvic surgical scar for that matter. It is thought that the cells from the inside of the uterus get "seeded" into the scar at the time of the surgery and can then begin to grow, and perhaps cause pain.

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My C-section incision has an infection. I've been on antibiotics for 7 days and still have the infection. What happens next?

My C-section incision has an infection. I've been on antibiotics for 7 days and still have the infection. What happens next?

C-Section infection: You want to keep the area clean and dry and make sure you follow up with all of your scheduled apts with the OB. You need to give time for the antibiotics to work as well as letting the incision heal from the inside out. Don't get frustrated this may take several weeks to completely close and heal completely. Feel better soon

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Is it normal for your C-section incision to weep?

Is it normal for your C-section incision to weep?

Initially yes.: After the first 1-2 days it is not normal and merits medical attention.

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Is it normal for a C-section incision to bleed?

Is it normal for a C-section incision to bleed?

Yes/no: Its normal to have a small amount of bleeding in the first 24 hours. After this, the skin seals over and there shouldn't be any bleeding. If you have a bloody discharge from the incision, you need to see your surgeon to make sure there is no infection or seroma present. Best wishes!

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If I have a pus bump on my C-section incision. Is it infected?

If I have a pus bump on my C-section incision. Is it infected?

Possibly: Go back and get this examined by the ob/gyn who performed the c-section.

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If I had an infected C-section incision can it cause infertility?

If I had an infected C-section incision can it cause infertility?

Unlikely: When an incision gets infected it is usually in the skin and the tissue right below the skin, not within the pelvis. Therefore this does not cause infertility.

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Is having a bladder infection dangerous if you had a C-section 3 weeks ago?

Is having a bladder infection dangerous if you had a C-section 3 weeks ago?

Likely not: There is likely no increased risk with the cystitis 3 weeks after the section.

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If I plan on having a c-section, what can I do to prevent a wound infection?

If I plan on having a c-section, what can I do to prevent a wound infection?

Yes: Use an over the counter anti-bacterial soap on the lower abdominal area at lease 1 to 2 days before the caesarian section and do not shave the area of hair. Let the or team do the hair removal prep immediately before the delivery.

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What does a obgyn usually do for a C-section incision that's been infected?

Treat it: A combination of antibiotics, debridement (surgical cleansing) of the wound and possibly some further testing and imaging studies to determine the extent of involvement may be necessary. If you have any doubts about what they are doing, get a second opinion.

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Its been 18 teen years an my incision is red an swollen an has a bad smell an it hurts where I had a c-section?

Its been 18 teen years an my incision is red an swollen an has a bad smell an it hurts where I had a c-section?

Call doctor/go in: This needs immediate evaluation. Suggests an infection with such limited history.

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I got a C-section 2 weeks ago and I looked at it today and there is leakage down there it's an orange color is it an infection?

Probably not: It is probably clear (/serous) drainage with some blood in it that looks more orange than red. You should call you ob/gyn, however, as this is not common. Not an emergency unless having increasing pain / fevers / nausea & vomiting.

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I had my son via C-section last november. I had a horizontal incision no problems healing would I be okay if I found out I was pregnant?

I had my son via C-section last november. I had a horizontal incision no problems healing would I be okay if I found out I was pregnant?

Your OB Knows: This is a question for the OB that did this surgery. You cannot expect us to give you permission when we did not have access to your health records or know specifically what the OB recommended after your c-section.

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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