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What could I be allergic to if itching after general anesthesia and on pain med?

What could I be allergic to if itching after general anesthesia and on pain med?

Maybe not allergic: It's not unusual for pain medications such as morphine, demerol, or Dilaudid to be associated with some itching. They all can cause histamine release. This doesn't necessarily mean you are allergic to them. True allergy produces severe symptoms such as hives and trouble breathing. Sometimes Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with itching. Or you can ask your doctor to try a different pain medication. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


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I had my wisdom teeth removed this morning and was under general anesthesia and my body has been itching most of the day, but there is no rash. Is th?

I had my wisdom teeth removed this morning and was under general anesthesia and my body has been itching most of the day, but there is no rash. Is th?

Antibiotics?: Most common medications causing itchiness in the setting of surgery and anesthesia are antibiotics and pain relievers such as Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) or Vicodin. If you were put on an antibiotic, check to see what kind, and check with your surgeon. Many pain relievers that contain narcotics can cause itching. If you don't have a rash or any trouble breathing, this is not a dangerous reaction. ...Read more

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I was on shoulder stabilisation 2 months ago. Since I itch all over body+rash on both shoulders. Is it possible that its caused by general anesthesia?

I was on shoulder stabilisation 2 months ago. Since I itch all over body+rash on both shoulders. Is it possible that its caused by general anesthesia?

Doubt it: I assume you had general anesthesia 2 months ago for the surgical procedure. I can't imagine how general anesthesia could cause a rash that persists for 2 months. (some medications given during anesthesia may cause a rash that lasts for a few minutes. These are similar to a mild allergic reaction confined to the skin and resolve quickly.). ...Read more

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What does general anesthesia mean?

What does general anesthesia mean?

Fully unconscious: General anesthesia means you will be completely asleep, unable to respond to commands, unable to feel, hear or remember, and usually will have some kind of breathing device placed in your airway (throat). An anesthesiologist will monitor you closely and give you medications to keep you "asleep" and comfortable, keep you alive while operating on you, and most importantly wake you up! ...Read more

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Could getting general anesthesia hurt?

Could getting general anesthesia hurt?

A little: Some medications that are used for anesthesia might hurt but many anesthesiologists will give medications that will make you forget and some medications for pain before they give you the medications that is mostly known to hurt (propofol). ...Read more

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Can you die from getting general anesthesia?

Can you die from getting general anesthesia?

Yes: Anesthesia mortality over that last 50 years has gone from low to EXTREMELY low. In the wrong/poor hands, anything is possible, but, simply put death under anesthesia is about 10 times less than death when driving a car, and you don't ever think about that, do you? ...Read more

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What can being put on general anesthesia feel like?

It will begin: With an injection into your vein where you might feel dizzy or as if you had a few drinks but only for a few seconds before becoming unconscious. Then you will wake up, quickly in the operating room if a very short procedure, or in the recovery room. ...Read more

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What drugs are usually used in IV general anesthesia?

Primarily propofol: There are several IV meds but none have the "complete" profile for propofol as it has many characteristics needed for general anesthesia: amnesia, hypnosis and pain reliever. Despite its notoriety in the past by an androgynous pop star, its very safe in the proper hands of a professional who knows enough to monitor his/her patients diligently. ...Read more

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What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

Drowsy at first: Many people are surprised when they wake up, because it feels as though no time has passed at all. They can't believe that their procedure is actually over. You may feel a little groggy, and it's fine to go back to sleep. Mild nausea and a little pain from the surgery are also common. Ask your nurse for medicine to relieve nausea or pain. You'll feel more normal over the first hour or two. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to be put on general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to be put on general anesthesia?

Very Few Know: With modern anesthetics we try and shut down the memory of the patient before they go to the or. Once they can't remember what happened, it is very hard to find out what they felt as they went to sleep. Without sedatives the very medication that is used to put people to sleep blocks memory formation, so we have the same problem. Same with waking up. Patients come to in the pacu after the op. ...Read more

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Help please! Is being under general anesthesia peaceful?

Help please! Is being under general anesthesia peaceful?

Very Few Know: With modern anesthetics we try and shut down the memory of the patient before they go to the or. Once they can't remember what happened, it is very hard to find out what they felt as they went to sleep. Without sedatives the very medication that is used to put people to sleep blocks memory formation, so we have the same problem. Some patient s have said that anesthesia is the best sleep. ...Read more

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How are local anethesia and general anesthesia different?

How are local anethesia and general anesthesia different?

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia blocks transmission of local nerves and nerve endings with local anesthetics applied locally. General anesthesia is systemic, introduced intravenously or by inhalation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: general anesthesia?

What is the definition or description of: general anesthesia?

Induced coma: General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents.
It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or remember anything that happens. ...Read more

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For what reasons general anesthesia is recommended for young people?

For what reasons general anesthesia is recommended for young people?

Depends on surgery: The need for general anesthesia is usually based on the type of surgery. For minor surgery, local anesthesia with sedation may be sufficient. For babies and small children who don't tolerate needles, GA may be necessary because they can't hold still or follow command. Otherwise, the surgery is the most important factor in determining the best type of anesthesia: GA, nerve block, spinal, epidural ...Read more

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How much risk if there for a healthy person to have general anesthesia?

How much risk if there for a healthy person to have general anesthesia?

Very little risk: I tell all my healthy patients undergoing general anesthesia that it is without a doubt safer than driving home! For a healthy individual, general anesthesia is extremely safe. The risks of anesthesia for a healthy patient are mostly related to nausea/vomiting and oral trauma (cut lip, dental damage, etc.). Rarely, an otherwise healthy patient can have an allergic reaction to one of the drugs. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is such a thing as light general anesthesia?

Please let me know if there is such a thing as light general anesthesia?

General anesthesia: General is a category. When you are in general anesthesia, you are assisted with breathing maintenance. Conscious anesthesia is a lighter form. ...Read more

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Is endoscopy with general anesthesia?

Twilight: Typically it is done in a sedative state known as conscious sedation but depending on the depth and reflex, general anesthesia may be necessary or occur. ...Read more

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Do they use general anesthesia for cyst?

It depends: Excision of a cyst it can be done with many different anesthetics. The type of the anesthetic depends on patient's preference, surgeon's preference and anesthesia needed for the the cyst. Unless you are more specific, a clear answer is not possible. For example, a 1 cm cyst requires different anesthesia than a 10 cm cyst. ...Read more

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What are the risks of general anesthesia?

Many risks: But fortunately they are rare. Among the risks are nausea or vomiting, muscle soreness, a sore throat, constipation, headaches, and very rarely allergic reactions or life threatening reactions to anesthetic agents. Death is rare but can happen. ...Read more

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Could I be addicted to general anesthesia?

Could I be addicted to general anesthesia?

Addiction: Yes. A patient can become addicted to the agents used for gen anesthesia. In south korea there are patients who are documented addicts to propofol. They feign the need for surgery to get general anesthesia. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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