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I've broken out in hives 7-8 days after surgery twice. Been off all meds on day 3. Did or ate nothing new. What could cause the hives?

I've broken out in hives 7-8 days after surgery twice.  Been off all meds on day 3.  Did or ate nothing new.  What could cause the hives?

Hives: This is a complex question best answered by an allergist who will review all meds received during and after surgery to determine the cause of your hives. You should get all records for both surgeries from anesthesiologists and surgeons before your consultation. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Hives (Definition)

An outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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I had surgery 4 weeks ago for carpal tunnel, day after surgery Hives appear every night, take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the morning and they go away?

I had surgery 4 weeks ago for carpal tunnel, day after surgery Hives appear every night, take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the morning and they go away?

Likely coincidental: The only thing I can think of would be a reaction to an ingredient in a long-acting cortisone if it was indeed injected along with the procedure. Even then, 4 weeks would is too long for that to continue. Are you taking any NSAIDs for post-op pain? If so, that may be the problem. Otherwise there is no relationship between the two events. Consult an allergist or dermatologist if this persists . ...Read more

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Are post-surgery hives common to have?

Are post-surgery hives common to have?

Allergic reaction: Hives can be related to an early allergic reaction to one of your new medications. After surgery you likely have narcotic pain medications, sedative, antibiotic and others. Okay to call your pharmacy about possible allergic reaction to any new medication. Other possibilities exist, so call in to your surgery team as well. ...Read more

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I have a reaction to steri strips for my Achilles rupture surgery 2 weeks ago. What can I put on the hives? Itchy and painful, don't want to scratch.

I have a reaction to steri strips for my Achilles rupture surgery 2 weeks ago. What can I put on the hives? Itchy and painful, don't want to scratch.

See your surgeon: Achilles' tendon repair incisions can be 'tricky' as the tendon is nearly subcutaneous. Any non- healing wounds here or incisional 'rashes' should be seen by your surgeon promptly to avoid skin/ wound breakdown.In my experience the reaction to the steri-strips is usually a reaction to the benzoin used to keep the strips' sticky'and not the strips themselves. See your surgeon! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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If i'm allergic to codein (hives), but I have taken percocet in the past with no reaction, is it safe to take vicodin? Vicodin was prescribed for pain after surgery that i will have this thursday.

If i'm allergic to codein (hives), but I have taken percocet in the past with no reaction, is it safe to take vicodin? Vicodin was prescribed for pain after surgery that i will have this thursday.

It prob not allergy: All opiates cause release of histamine, and morphine, Codeine and Demerol have the most, and oxycodone, Methadone and fentanyl do it the least. However, they all can cause some histamine release, and some people get major problems with all of them. Hydrocodone, which is the incredient in vicodin, is intermediate in doing this. You could take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with it - talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I had surgery 2 days ago for gallbladder lap. And they put a brownish orange chemical on my skin and now I have hives on my stomach. What should I do?

I had surgery 2 days ago for gallbladder lap. And they put a brownish orange chemical on my skin and now I have hives on my stomach. What should I do?

Take a shower: The brownish orange paint is most likely betadine, an iodine containing antiseptic. Some patients will have some sensitivity, which may be the situation in your case. You can go into the shower and wash it off. Your bandaid incisions can get wet. It is less likely an allergic reaction to a medication that you got in the operating room. If it gets worse, contact your surgeon's office. ...Read more

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I have hives all across my stomach after gb surgery 2 days ago I have steri-strips with a orangish chemical underneath it. It itches near incisions ?

I have hives all across my stomach after gb surgery 2 days ago I have steri-strips with a orangish chemical underneath it. It itches near incisions ?

Depends: Any known medication or chemical allergies? Common irritants are our skin preps- iodine, chlorides, soaps, or mechanical with clipping and tapes. Most resolve quickly unless really allergic. ...Read more

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Hives/angioedema abruptly 12 days post-microdiskectomy. Night sweats since surgery too. All infection tests (-). Delayed drug reaction? Off all meds.

Hives/angioedema abruptly 12 days post-microdiskectomy. Night sweats since surgery too. All infection tests (-). Delayed drug reaction? Off all meds.

Please see your MD: who might refer you to an allergist/immunologist. With angioedema you should keep epinephrine handy. The allergist will sift through history and try to find a cause, which isn't present for most cases. Good luck ...Read more

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Had gallbladder surgery and now I have a rash/hives on my stomach one of my incisions I have small blisters and its really itchy what can I do?

Had gallbladder surgery and now I have a rash/hives on my stomach one of my incisions I have small blisters and its really itchy what can I do?

Contact doctor: From your description is seems that you have a skin allergy to some component of the dressing applied to the wound. It would be prudent to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Does this happen a lot after lap. Surgeries?#nqlu i kept going back to the doctor's office after the lap. Gallbladder removal surgery with hives, cough, diahrea, mild infections(sinus, skin), and feeling fogged in.I even went to an infectious disease doct

Does this happen a lot after lap. Surgeries?#nqlu i kept going back to the doctor's office after the lap. Gallbladder removal surgery with hives, cough, diahrea, mild infections(sinus, skin), and feeling fogged in.I even went to an infectious disease doct

Strongyloides: You need to see an infectious diseases expert and be fully evaluated. Some of these symptoms may be related to reactions to medications you may have received in conjunction with the surgery. Many may be related to strongyloidiasis, an uncommon but easily diagnosed and treated illness which can affect the gallbladder and be spread to elsewhere from there. Go back and talk to that id doctor. ...Read more

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I have 3 hives on forehead, swollen gland, a heavy feeling in my chest with some coughing. 9 days after surgery. Could it be allergy from anesthesia?

I have 3 hives on forehead, swollen gland, a heavy feeling in my chest with some coughing.  9 days after surgery.  Could it be allergy from anesthesia?

Probably not: I would think the hives are more likely due to either an antibiotic you received or are still on, an infection from the operation or something all together different. I recommend you see your surgeon. An allergist could also help. ...Read more

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What can cause hives?

What can cause hives?

So Many Causes: There are a number of potential causes of hives (urticaria) which include: viral infections, parasitic infections, IgE-mediated allergic reactions like bee stings, medication allergy, latex allergy, food allergy, transfusion reactions, and contact reactions. Some meds/products can induce hives like narcotics, radiocontrast media, muscle relaxants, stinging nettle, physical stimuli, and foods. ...Read more

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Why don't some hives itch?

Why don't some hives itch?

Are you sure?: Do you really have hives since nearly all hives itch. A bump on the skin is not necessarily a hive. ...Read more

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How exactly do you get hives?

How exactly do you get hives?

An allergic reaction: Hives occur when mast cells release histamine. Histamine makes nearby nerve endings fire causing the sensation of itching & iincreasing blood flow causing redness. Small veins leak plasma (the liquid part of blood) causing local edema - that's the white bump. Hives lasting 6 weeks or less are usually caused by a virus or an allergic reaction to a food, medication, insect bite or sting. ...Read more

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