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My c section scar is driving me crazy it itches but when I scratch it, it hurts. I had my second and last c section 21 years ago.

My c section scar is driving me crazy it itches but when I scratch it, it hurts. I had my second and last c section 21 years ago.

ITCHING: Unfortunately, itchy postoperative wounds are common. There is much debate about the underlying cause. My advice, since it appears that over-the-counter remedies are not working and it continues to be bothersome for you, is that you follow up with a dermatologist. I will search our HealthTap database for a potential referral provider. ...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?

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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C section 14 weeks ago. Since then have had a red, itchy rash in a band around lower back. Is small red bumpy spots, itches on and off. What is it?

C section 14 weeks ago. Since then have had a red, itchy rash in a band around lower back. Is small red bumpy spots, itches on and off. What is it?

Infection?: To know for sure what it is, you would need to see a Dermatologist. A common cause of your symptoms is a yeast infection or bacterial infection in the skin. These can usually be treated with non-prescription antifungal or antibacterial skin creams. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have been getting recent pain and itching on a c-section that was preformed 13 years ago, why now, and what could it be?

I have been getting recent pain and itching on a c-section that was preformed 13 years ago, why now, and what could it be?

Common: Here is an answer from another person with same sx:

i had a c-section 12 years ago and mine quit itching about 2-3 years ago. That goes along with any real bad scar. As the years go by tit will get lighter and lighter for you. Some people just heal faster than others and I guess. Most likely change in blood flow form weight change/exercise/ medication/ diet. ...Read more

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After 2 wks of c section I'm scratching my self like crazy b/c of severe itching What could be the reason help please?

After 2 wks of c section I'm scratching my self like crazy b/c of severe itching What could be the reason help please?

Itching: Severe itching 2 weeks after a c-section could well be due to a reaction to a drug. Narcotics are a common cause of itching. To say better would require knowing when the itching started, exactly where you are itching, whether or not you have a rash, and what meds you are taking. Even things like new soaps can cause this. Discuss this with your OB and in the meantime benadryl (diphenhydramine) might help. Best wishes ...Read more

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My mom has had her last c-section 24 years ago and lately it has been interntly itching what could that mean is that normal?

My mom has had her last c-section 24 years ago and lately it has been interntly itching what could that mean is that normal?

Scar tissue: Itching in scar tissue is normal, and I'm not sure that it means anything. Most adults who are 54 years old have a few scars here and there. If it bothers her a lot she can consider steroid injection to help with the itching, otherwise, likely doesn't mean anything is wrong. ...Read more

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I had a c-section 25 years ago and in the passed week it has started itching and burning with some swelling around the cut line. Please help?

I had a c-section 25 years ago and in the passed week it has started itching and burning with some swelling around the cut line. Please help?

See a GYN MD: The old scar may need revision by removal as long as you are not a keloid former extra thick scar) A GYN surgeon can do an evaluation as to cause and the best way to resolve the matter at the examination. ...Read more

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I had my 3rd C-section on 11/23/2009. My bikini cut incision has started itching alot. It is still close, there is no fluid leaking. Why is it itching?

I had my 3rd C-section on 11/23/2009. My bikini cut incision has started itching alot. It is still close, there is no fluid leaking. Why is it itching?

Healing vs infection: Incision go through a number of phases, including inflammatory. Continue to monitor incision for signs of increasing redness, swelling or drainage.

Holistic treatment of an itching incision may be vitamin e or aloe based topical treatments. Mild treatments may include anti-histamine diphenhydramine/benadryl.

If not scheduled, then a follow up showed be made. ...Read more

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Why is the area around my C-section scar aleady itching and I'm only 8 weeks pregnant?

Why is the area around my C-section scar aleady itching and I'm only 8 weeks pregnant?

Scar Stretching: The scar is trying to stretch with the new pregnancy and the elastic of the skin which surrounds the scar is "breaking down" causing the itching. ...Read more

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I'm 29 years, had c-section on 4 Feb, lot of itching n irritation in anus especially after passing stool, problem elevates at night, suggest remedy.

I'm 29 years, had c-section on 4 Feb, lot of itching n irritation in anus especially after passing stool, problem elevates at night, suggest remedy.

Hemorrhoids.: This sounds like hemorrhoids. Not uncommon with pregnancy and can cause itching, irritation. Try a hemorrhoid cream on the area daily for 10 days. And try to stay regular with high fiber diet and drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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I hv bad itching in vagina its 1st time I never had one. Pain in abdomen too. Is it infection? What medicine should I take? Plz hv two kids 4rm c section

I hv bad itching in vagina its 1st time I never had one. Pain in abdomen too. Is it infection? What medicine should I take? Plz hv two kids 4rm c section

Yeast Infection?: Vaginal itching is most commonly a yeast infection. This is treated with a vaginal yeast medication such as Monostat. If that doesn't get rid of it, you will need to see a doctor for an exam. Best wishes! ...Read more

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'' why are my breast so itching and hurting after I have had my uterus taken out a year ago''? I have had 3 c-section the last one was 9/17/2010 I had my tubes tried the same day. I had to have the lining of my uterus burn down shortly after due to the fa

'' why are my breast so itching and hurting after I have had my uterus taken out a year ago''? I have had 3 c-section the last one was 9/17/2010 I had my tubes tried the same day. I had to have the lining of my uterus burn down shortly after due to the fa

Having: Having breast itching and pain can occur from hormonal changes, or from completely separate issues such as a skin condition. First of all be sure that your bra material isn't aggravating your condition, and be sure your laundry soap isn't irritating. If your skin has any changes such as a rash, then you may need to see a dermatologist. Be sure your mammograms are up to date if you are of the age that you need them. You may need to contact your gynecologist to consider medication treatment for your chronic breast itching and pain. ...Read more

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I had a csection and was giving morphine. My lip started itching and my cheek really bad and now I have what looks like feaver blisters. What's wrong?

I had a csection and was giving morphine. My lip started itching and my cheek really bad and now I have what looks like feaver blisters. What's wrong?

How long?: If it is herpes hsv1 then the antiviral pill can be effective if started on the first or second day. After that the benefit decays rapidly. A dermatologist can help you. ...Read more

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My son has a bug bite on his outer thigh. The area around has a thin inflamed horizontal section several inches long that he says itches, not really pain. Is this something I should take him to see a doctor for?

My son has a bug bite on his outer thigh. The area around has a thin inflamed horizontal section several inches long that he says itches, not really pain. Is this something I should take him to see a doctor for?

Bug bite: If no other symptom, clean the area well, apply an antibiotic cream OTC, antihistamine if itchy. If spreading reaction or progressive symptoms, see a doctor or ER, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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My stomach skin is numb from mid right section to around the back. What causes this? It itches as well?

Shingles: One cause of itchiness or pain with numbness around the trunk is herepes zoster, or shingles. The sensations can occur before the onset of the classic rash. If your symptoms are located specifically across a cerain dermatome, then the cause is likely shingles or another radiculopathy. ...Read more

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My gouache itches very very bad and hurts what should I do?

My gouache itches very very bad and hurts what should I do?

See a doctor: If I understand correctly, you are referring to the area of skin between the scrotum and anus. One of the potential causes is a fungal infection, which can be treated with topical anti fungal medication. Your doctor needs to examine the area to know for sure. ...Read more

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I'm always wet and it itches once in a while down there. Is this a serious issue?

I'm always wet and it itches once in a while down there. Is this a serious issue?

Itchies: It may be a yeast infection. Try over the counter vaginal yeast medication. If that doesn't work, then you need to see an ob/gyn. Being wet isn't really an issues. ...Read more

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My body itches everywhere like something is crawling on me but there there is nothing. What is this?

My body itches everywhere like something is crawling on me but there there is nothing. What is this?

Creepy crawlers: Itching all over can be caused by many things. Without a rash it's unlikely to be bug bites or poison oak or scabies or an allergic reaction. It could be your liver or kidney are having and it could just be from dry skin. You need an exam and most likely blood tests. If you have a rash it will most likely be easy for your provider to tell on exam. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my head itches like crazy?

What do you suggest if my head itches like crazy?

Several possibilitie: Itches like crazy sounds pretty darn serious. You might have someone check for hair lice or other offending agents. Less intense itching might be related to your shampoo, hair products, including reaction to dyes, etc. Less intense itching could also be related to a fungus infection of the scalp, which would need some anti-fungal treatments. ...Read more

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What can I use for a spot on my back that constantly itches?

Back itch: You have a condition known as notalgia parasthetica. It usually involves the back under the scapula. The cause is not known but is thought to be caused by irritation of the nerve endings. Of late, Botox has been proposed for treatment. ...Read more

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Why does my butthole itch? I'm 23 female and it only itches inside of it. 

Why does my butthole itch? I'm 23 female and it only itches inside of it. 

Depends: Many things could be going on ranging from a healing tear to a hemorrhoid to poor hygiene. As with so many things if it is persistent and bothering you get in and see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I think my underarms are iiritated. Because there is small bumps and it itches a lot how can I fix that?

Itchy Underarms: You may be having a reaction to your current underarm deodorant or detergent you use to wash your clothes. Apply a small amount of otc cortisone crime to the affected areas and use a mild deodorant and mild detergent for a while and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Have something broke out on my scalp itches bad.

Have something broke out on my scalp itches bad.

SeeMD: U may want to see your md or a dermatologist! ...Read more

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Is it normal having vaginal itches during ovulation?

Not related: Infections as trichomonas vaginalis could be the cause of vaginal itching and not related to ovulation. Therefore, doctor's examination necessary. ...Read more

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What can I do if my scalp itches and flakes so much?

What can I do if my scalp itches and flakes so much?

Shampoo and Referral: You can use any of the over-the-counter dandruff shampoos--ask your pharmacist. If no relief within 2-3 weeks, see your doctor for a dermatology consult. ...Read more

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My back itches whenever I get warm! What causes this?

My back itches whenever I get warm! What causes this?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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The back of the roof of my moutch itches a lot why?

Allergies?: Could be allergies associated with a runny nose and post nasal drip. You could try a decongestant to see if that helps. ...Read more

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My body itches but don't have a rash what can be the cause?

My body itches but don't have a rash what can be the cause?

Insects, Allergy: Allergy to food, infectious mites, perfume, cologne, shaving lotion, air purifiers to name a few.
Take a look around you and see if you may be doing something different than before you started with the itching. You might still break out with a rash. See a doctor to get it cleared up quickly. ...Read more

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My husbands head itches all yhe time its driving him crazy?

Dermatitis: This common problem is easily managed with the right topical medication. Your family doctor should be able to help easily with the right treatment. ...Read more

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I have 1 tiny bump that itches. The itching comes and goes. What might it be?

I have 1 tiny bump that itches. The itching comes and goes. What might it be?

R/O HIVE: Hive are raised bumps that can occur after an allergen exposure. They are usually itchy and multiple. If there is only one it may be a cyst or a lipoma. You need an exam to determine the type of lesion. ...Read more

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Can you help me? My Ariola Is swollen, but it's only red and it itches, what causes this

Swollen areola: Itching is actually a minor form of pain. Swelling and redness may indicate an infection. Check with your PCP. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the outside of my vignia. Hurts and kinda itches. What could it be? I'm worried. Please help me!

Need testing: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. Painful bumps are concerning for a possible herpes infection. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Itches eyes and rolls eyes up?

Dryness or allergies: Please consult you eye care physician. Itching and rolling your eyes up can be secondary to many causes of ocular surface inflammations. Allergies, dryness, blepharitis, just to mention a few.
Start preservative free artificial tears and see an eyecare physician. ...Read more

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Red patch in groin area itches?

Several: Rash? Could be almost anything, but most common would be a fungal infection such as tinea (ring worm) or candidiasis (yeast). These will respond to OTC clomitrazole. If it doesn't clear, or is not a rash, please see your Dr ...Read more