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I had surgery to remove an ovary/cyst last week and the incision sites itch really bad! how do I stop the itching?

I had surgery to remove an ovary/cyst last week and the incision sites itch really bad! how do I stop the itching?

Maybe: Itching is a normal complaint after surgery. Sometimes an anti-histamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help, but it should resolve with time. ...Read more

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I had surgery to remove an ovary/cyst last week and the incision sites itch really bad! is there anything i can do to relieve the itching?

I had surgery to remove an ovary/cyst last week and the incision sites itch really bad! is there anything i can do to relieve the itching?

Ask your surgeon...: I would hate to advise you to use a otc steroid cream and have your surgeon be against that. While it may reduce the itching, it can also delay the healing. I like traumeel cream for this purpose because it is a natural topical anti-inflammatory and promotes healing. ...Read more

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What to do if I had surgery to remove an ovary/cyst last week and the incision sites itch really bad! is there anything I can do to stop the itching?

What to do if I had surgery to remove an ovary/cyst last week and the incision sites itch really bad! is there anything I can do to stop the itching?

Ice probably best: That doesn't sound too unusual. Local ice pack would probably help. Perhaps an anti itch medicine, (Benadryl, zyrtec, (cetirizine)) might help. Heat, (hot shower) will probably make it worse. ...Read more

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I got a cyst removed earlier today, now the incision itches but doesn't hurt. What can I do about it?

I got a cyst removed earlier today, now the incision itches but doesn't hurt. What can I do about it?

Leave it alone!: Try to not itch the area, especially for the next few days as the wound heals. You could try taking some Benedryl. Sometimes scratching around the surgical area but not on the surgical area helps too. Call your doctor before putting any kind of cream or lotion on it. ...Read more

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I had a c-section 3 months ago. My incision has healed, but the scar itches like crazy every once in a while. What is the best thing to put on it?

I had a c-section 3 months ago. My incision has healed, but the scar itches like crazy every once in a while. What is the best thing to put on it?

Hard to say: First determine the cause of the itching: 1) if it is due to ingrown hairs, depilation may help. 2) if it is due to histamine or inflammation, antihistamines ( topical or oral) with corticosteroids may be useful. 3) if neurogenic, scar massage or topical capsacin may provide relief. 4) if caused by a suture reaction, removal may be indicated. If a topical allergic reaction, cessation of ointments. ...Read more

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Had 4 lymph nodes removed &biopsies ( benign) 2weeks ago. half of incision split open..pain & hard lump under it. Itches down arm ?? Infection?

Had 4 lymph nodes removed &biopsies ( benign) 2weeks ago. half of incision split open..pain & hard lump under it. Itches down arm ?? Infection?

Post op issues: Best to go IMMEDIATELY to see your surgeon or Urgent Care center...Sounds like wound dehiscence who possible infection or abscess/hematoma formation. But over the internet impossible to tell. ...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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What does an infected incision site look like?

What does an infected incision site look like?

Infected site: The incision site would be red, swollen and hot to touch. The cut skin sides are not joined together by staples or sutures there may be drainage of purulent fluid with smell or bubbly crepitus underneath the skin. It can be superficial, deep in fascia or in the organ inside. Thanks. ...Read more

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I had c section on 29/06/2017,10days ago! I don't have any pain now.The incision site feels little hard to touch.Is this normal? Hw long it takes hea

I had c section on 29/06/2017,10days ago! I don't have any pain now.The incision site feels little hard to touch.Is this normal?
 Hw long it takes hea

Normal: Congratulations. It takes 6 weeks to heal from a csection and during that time your incision may feel a little hard because there is inflammation there to assist with healing. If you have severe pain, get a fever, have drainage from your wound you should see your ob right away ...Read more

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I had a C-section 6mo ago. The incision site is still a tad tender to touch and I am afraid to work out. Is this normal?

I had a C-section 6mo ago. The incision site is still a tad tender to touch and I am afraid to work out. Is this normal?

Work out after preg: You should be healed by now and should be able to gradually return to the exercise level you attained before the pregnancy. If you undergo undue pain then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had Ir port placement on 12/15/17 with no complications. At this time, a pea sized lump has formed at the incision site on my neck. What is it?

Had Ir port placement on 12/15/17 with no complications. At this time, a pea sized lump has formed at the incision site on my neck. What is it?

Catheter: That "lump" may be the catheter under the skin. It is tunneled from the port on your chest wall up to the vein in your neck, where it enters the bloodstream. Depending on the particulars of the procedure, you may be feeling the catheter itself. Nothing to worry about! If you develop redness, drainage or fever you should get it looked at right away. ...Read more

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I had finger surgery about 2 weeks ago and near the incision site and all around it my finger is peeling is this normal?

I had finger surgery about 2 weeks ago and near the incision site and all around it my finger is peeling is this normal?

Yes: Peeling is part of healing, as the swelling goes down and extra damaged skin is replaced by new, young skin. Light itching also is part of healing. Otherwise do not hesitate to call the surgeons based on his/her recommendations. ...Read more

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Severe burning pain in abdominal area feels like my insides are burning incision site is warm to the touch and also a bulge around the incision ?

Severe burning pain in abdominal area feels like my insides are burning incision site is warm to the touch and also a bulge around the incision ?

Incision warm bulge: Would call the surgeons and be evaluated by surgeon or urgent care today. May be post -op infection and may need antibiotics or hematoma seroma, that needs release. . ...Read more

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I had a vaginal robotic assisted hysterectomy a month ago I am now having more pain in my left lower abdomen incision site. And inside my abdomen. is?

I had a vaginal robotic assisted hysterectomy a month ago I am now having more pain in my left lower abdomen incision site. And inside my abdomen.  is?

?Question: Your question was cut off, but generally speaking if you have any issues related to your recent surgery, I would call the surgeon as soon as possible as they would know your case best and may want to see you and examine you to assure all is healing appropriately and for continuity of care. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had an laparoscopic endometrial ablation in 2008. I always had a black spot at the incision site. Last week whatever the spot was started coming out?

I had an laparoscopic endometrial ablation in 2008. I always had a black spot at the incision site. Last week whatever the spot was started coming out?

Clarification: Endometrial ablations can not be done laparoscopically. They are done entering the uterus directly through the vagina. Please clarify what procedure was done. If there is concern regarding a surgical incision of the skin then that should be evaluated with a physical exam to determine the cause and treatment ...Read more

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I've had a fusion and discectomy L5-S1 7 weeks ago I have had a lump about an inch above the incision site which gets bigger at times and is tender,?

Varies : There are multiple potential considerations. It can be a reaction to the suture mistrial at the top
Of your incision, it can be the spinous process right above your surgery, which can become more prominent especially if the lower spinous process is removed, it can be a fluid collection known as a Seroma as well. I would not hesitate to make your surgeon aware. ...Read more

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Itching (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more