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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more


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Why do I itch after surgery? (fractured femur)

Why do I itch after surgery? (fractured femur)

Healing or drugs?: Sometimes healing is associated with itching. As wounds heal you may feel itchy at the site of the wound. Alternatively, pain drugs, particularly opiates, can make you itch all over. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have itching after rotary cuff surgery?

Is it normal to have itching after rotary cuff surgery?

Were is the itching?: Some scar some times itch for a while but you treat them with steroid ointment locally.
If the itching some place else right me please. ...Read more

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What can I do about itching and burning after hemorhoid surgery?

What can I do about itching and burning after hemorhoid surgery?

See below: Local measures such as soaking 15-20 minutes in warm water, keep the anal area dry after washing, avoid rubbing or scratching the area. Watch for some acidic foods such as citrus and tomatoes that can irritate the region. Keep bowels soft & regular, use fiber supplements & avoid constipation or straining. Tucks (witch hazel) pads may offer some relief. ...Read more

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Scabs that itch after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Scabs that itch after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Don't Scratch: I would recommend you avoid scratching the scabs and instead if these are too bothersome consider keeping them moist with an antibiotic ointment until fully healed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for sitches to itch after 3. Months of surgery?

Is it normal for sitches to itch after 3. Months of surgery?

Stiches: Are usually removed in 1-2 weeks of surgery depending on the situation. Itching with healing is common. See your surgeon for an exam. ...Read more

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After two weeks of oral surgery, my cheek is still swollen and I feel hard lumps on the lower part. It also itches outside. Help?

After two weeks of oral surgery, my cheek is still swollen and I feel hard lumps on the lower part. It also itches outside. Help?

What kind of surgery: Did you have teeth taken out? If so, it can take up to 6-8 weeks to completely heal. Did you have a one week folliow up? Did you have stitches? Were they supposed to come out on their own or were you to go back? Call the dentist who treated you and tell them you need a folliow up appointment. Good luck! ...Read more

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I realize I have a hemorrhoid skin tags near my anal, it itches sometime and it makes me scared. Will it go away on its own without surgery?

I realize I have a hemorrhoid skin tags near my anal, it itches sometime and it makes me scared. Will it go away on its own without surgery?

Anal skin tags: The anal skin tags will not go away without surgery but the symptoms of itching can be controlled. Most anal itching is the result of soilage collecting around the anal tags which makes patient's feel like they aren't clean and results in excess wiping. I typically recommend my patients to keep flushable wipes in their purse as they clean around the tags more thoroughly with less irritation. ...Read more

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I have stitches and Dermabond where my pilonidal cyst was. It's been 8 days since the surgery with wide excision & ACell. It itches! What should I do?

I have stitches and Dermabond where my pilonidal cyst was. It's been 8 days since the surgery with wide excision & ACell. It itches! What should I do?

Healing: You had a pilonidal cyst removal. Now 8 days later there is itching. This is healing so try not to scratch the area. You might put bacteria in the incision from your fingers. The itching will stop. Over time it might get easier to divert your mind. ...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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My daughter in law just had surgery as a result of an ectopic pregnancy. The cut is healing nicely but there is a light pink fluid coming out ever so often, the cut is clean has no smell and she has no fever. The cut itches a lot though. The fluid is so

My daughter in law just had surgery as a result of an ectopic pregnancy. The cut is healing nicely but there is a light pink fluid coming out ever so often, the cut is clean has no smell and she has no fever. The cut itches a lot though. The fluid is so

It depends: Whether this is normal or a problem depends on several things including how long ago she had the surgery, whether it was laparoscopic or open, and how heavy she is. This could just be a seroma (a collection of tissue fluid) draining or it can be a sign that the incision is breaking down and going to come open. She needs to bring this to the attention of her surgeon to know for sure. Hope this help ...Read more

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Just had gallbladder surgery and now its scabbing what can I do to take the itching away?

Just had gallbladder surgery and now its scabbing what can I do to take the itching away?

Recovery: Ok to call in to your surgery team office during office hours and ask this question, make sure you have a POST OP appointment. Usually over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will slow down the itching. Be well. ...Read more

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I had back surgery, went through my side, 5 months ago, fusion/spacers, I have started itching can't seem to figure out if I am rejecting the spacers.

I had back surgery, went through my side, 5 months ago, fusion/spacers, I have started itching can't seem to figure out if I am rejecting the spacers.

PEEK spacers: You are not rejecting the spacers. Where do you itch? It is normal for the incisions to itch for awhile while healing. Have you changed laundry detergents, water softener, eaten something different or changed your environment, gotten a new pet. ...Read more

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I have a old scar from surgery of appendix and the scar is red, itching and hurting. What could it be?

I have a old scar from surgery of appendix and the scar is red, itching and hurting. What could it be?

Sounds like a keloid: But it could be delayed infection. Have a dermatologist look at it. Or your original surgeon, if he/she is still available. I doubt that it is skin cancer, but this is also a possibility however unlikely. ...Read more

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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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I am having spinal surgery on my c 3/4 4/5 5/6 6/7. I am itching and want to know if I can take an antihistamine prior to surgery on 9/30/13?

I am having spinal surgery on my c 3/4 4/5 5/6 6/7. I am itching and want to know if I can take an antihistamine prior to surgery on 9/30/13?

Pre-op medications: General recommendation by surgeons and anesthesiologists is to try and avoid all meds. Perhaps you can try applying moisturizing lotion to the area. ...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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Is there anything can do about itching around knee surgery incision?

Is there anything can do about itching around knee surgery incision?

Yes: Check w/ your treating physician first but there are various "anti-itching" creams that are available usually by prescription only. These can be very helpful. Best used once your surgical incision is healed though.... ...Read more

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I just had arthoscopic surgery on my shoulder to fix it up after multiple dislocations and now it is itching?

I just had arthoscopic surgery on my shoulder to fix it up after multiple dislocations and now it is itching?

Itching: This is not unusual after surgery. Make sure that you are not having an allergic reaction to medication and try some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery a month n had some complication where my liver was cut, I m not itching and have dry skin?

I had gallbladder surgery a month n had some complication where my liver was cut, I m not itching and have dry skin?

Several possiblities: Your gallbladder is located under your liver. They share a common space that can measure up to 10 x 5 cm. It is not uncommon for bleeding in this common space or its edges. Usually your surgeon will make intra-operative maneuvers to control any bleeding before ending the operation. Okay to ask your surgeon for details of your case. If your recovery is on tract, it may be a normal variant. ...Read more

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I had comartment syndrome surgery over 18 months ago and have had severe itching on my legs since, what can be done to rectify?

I had comartment syndrome surgery over 18 months ago and have had severe itching on my legs since, what can be done to rectify?

Get evaluated: This may be an infection of the skin, an allergic reaction or a nerve problem caused by the surgery. Without further information it is hard to determine. Se the orthopedist who operated on you for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Had knee replacement 4 weeks ago and my body is itching uncontrollably. Does it have anything to do with surgery?

Had knee replacement 4 weeks ago and my body is itching uncontrollably. Does it have anything to do with surgery?

Healing?: When the skin is healing, it is common to have symptoms of itching but they are usually local. Visit your doctor for an evaluation to rule out any reaction to medication or local surgical incision/scar skin problems. ...Read more