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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. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have had sex 3 times once a day 4 days before I will be 4 weeks after having a c section. Will I be ok or am I gonna end up with an infection?

I have had sex 3 times once a day 4 days before I will be 4 weeks after having a c section. Will I be ok or am I gonna end up with an infection?

That depends: 4 weeks post C-Section, sex should be fine and the possibility of an infection is more related to the person you are having sex with than the c-section 1 month previously. As long as you practice safe sex procedures as always, you should be fine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I care for my c-section incision?

Keep it dry: You shouldn't have to do much. One of the best things to do to help a cesarean scar heal well is to keep the area dry. That doesn't mean you can't shower, but pat the area dry with a towel. And if you have a belly that hangs over the scar, consider blowing a hair dryer on cool against your skin to keep the skin from getting too moist. ...Read more

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Does temperature affects c-section incision ?

Yes it can: You need to talk with doctor who did the
c-section. There are many things that may
bother the incision, some are normal reaction
the doctor can usually tell you if it is a concern. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed a little from a C-section incision?

Yes: A small amount of drainage after a cesarean section is normal, however if the drainage looks like pus, has a foul odor , or if the incision is surrounded by a red 'halo', have it looked at asap. The typical drainage is pink and watery. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a C-section incision to have any kind of smell to it at all?

Is it normal for a C-section incision to have any kind of smell to it at all?

no: It should not smell, please call your OB who did the c-section and discuss with him, it could be ? Infected or if there is extra adipose tissue that is rolling over on it , a gauze or something needs to be used want to keep that incision dry please call your OB now. ...Read more

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Bad weather make C-section incision hurt?

Bad weather make C-section incision hurt?

No : Weather has nothing to do with incision pain ,you may have incision pain regardless from surgery itself ...Read more

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Cesarean Section (Definition)

Cesarean delivery is the most commonly performed life-saving surgery in obstetrics; it involves safe delivery of the fetus(es) via an incision on the lower abdomen of the pregnant woman, thus ...Read more


Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more