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Itchy Surgery Incision
I had gollbladder surgery a week ago. One of my small incisions has a red ring around it this morning that is itchy. Does this mean it's infected?
Had laparoscopic surgery few weeks back incision is starting to heal form crust but one of them is very itchy what should I do? I am afraid to scratch
Likely normal: Patients frequently complain of itching of incision sites during the healing process. This is normal as long as you don't have redness or drainage from the wound. It should go away over time. You're right not to scratch it as during the early healing process scratching and abrasion to the wound could lead to infection by introducing bacteria into a fresh wound ...Read more
I had gallbladder surgery this morning I notice some white stuff on my incision. Itchiness and faint but thick red line below incision. This infection?
Possible infection: Was dermabond applied to any/all incisions? If so, you could have a dermatitis reaction to it, though an allergy is uncommon. Otherwise, yes, you may be manifesting an early cellulitis, or skin infection. If not on antibiotics, please notify your surgeon's office in am. ...Read more
I had gall bladder surgery in February and now six months later I have itchy bell button by incision and dark red. Cause for concern?
Three weeks ago I had knee surgery. The incision appears to be healing well but has become very itchy. What can I do to relieve the itching?
My lap surgery incisions feels itchy, 6thday. Is it normal? My surgeon told me not to remove the dressings. They used waterproof thing on the dressing.
Very common...: ...To feel itching as the skin heals. ...Read more
4 mths post OB/GYN laparoscopic surgery. Incisions (pelvic bone) super itchy. Tried lotion, ice, heat. Is this normal? What else can be done?
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
I had a breast reconstruction surgery 5 days ago, Wednesday I started discharging a clear liquid and my skin started to get red and itchy under my breast and around the nipple where the incisions are. Now it is spreading to my stomach and side. Help?
Red breast syndrome: It is possible you have a reaction to acellular dermal matrix, a material commonly used in reconstruction. There is an "aalergic" response to the material which usually dissipates with conservative therapy. There is a possibility of a seroma, or an infection. You should visit with your reconstructive surgeon immediately to effect treatment protocols. ...Read more
I had a minor surgery a month ago. It is still itchy and one time there is little pain. Is it normal?
5 days post cateract surgery. My distance vision is clear. How long does it take for scratchy and itchy feeling to subside?
Yes: Very normal. Part of the healing process. ...Read more
How long should it take for an IV port placement incision to heal? Is it normal for it to be itchy?
7 days: Healing following port placement is about a week, and that is when sutures are generally removed, although many surgeons close wounds with subcuticular sutures which dissolve with time, and don't require removal. Itching in newly healing wounds is quite common, and avoid scratching for it may result in hypertrophic scar, even keloid formation. ...Read more
Ignore it: It is likely to settle down itself. If you need to apply some moisiturizer so that there is no dryness there. If it is bad put some ice wrapped in tissue paper and keep it there for a few minutes at a time. This is a minor problem and will settle down soon. ...Read more
After giving birth or having surgery, do we have to go for confinement as in do not eat certain foods due to winds, itchy etc?
I had a surgery on my back four years ago, it still hurts and its itchy its also a big scar is it something I should worry about?
Yes: That is quite common as skin goes through its healing process. ...Read more
I am 5 weeks into recovery from whipple surgery. Yesterday, I woke up having itchy calf area, should I be concerned?
I had a minor surgery a month ago. It has healed but the scar is still itchy and one time there is little pain. Is it normal?
Possibly: If you are referring to 'itchiness' of the incisions, this is very common. ...Read more
After each of 4surgeries & having a catheter my vaginal area is inflamed, itchy & seems to be peeling. Happens after every surgery! What is this?
Yeast infection: You may have a yeast infection. Before each surgery, prophylactic systemic IV antibiotics may have been administered to decrease infection. Sometimes antibiotics throw off the balance of your vaginal flora and you get a yeast infection. Try over the counter treatment or see your OB/GYN if symptoms persist. See your MD right away if you have burning with urination because a UTI also possible. ...Read more
Since orif surgery I been avin red itchy swollen patches on body 2-3 a day since end a april all drugs stoppd 2wk ago they cum and go lasting 12hr?
Watch. ..: If not hurting and being expected to disappear, just watch, record where are the patches at the same site or..., & see if these patches may be waited out over time. Of course, watch if having some change in lifestyle and environments. If not fading in time, follow instructions described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html; then you can work closely with doc for right diagnosis/ care. ...Read more
Had a laparoscopic surgery 4 weeks ago and the 5 surgical insicions are leaking fluid, itchy and the side harden, is it normal? What can I do about it
Not nirmal: Consult you surgeon for follow-upGet a more detailed answer ›
My surgery wound is angry red and itchy so I pulled one of the scabs and puss oozed out and I see my stitch but they where suppose to disolve. What2do?
Call your doctor: Contact your doctor's office for followup. Redressing of the wound along with possible antibiotics may be needed if an infection is present or wound is not healing properly ...Read more
Skin prep: You just had gallbladder surgery and the skin is itching. It could be the skin prep that was used. It may have an orange hue to it. This prep kills the bacteria that is on your own skin like staph. Aureus. The itching should get better. You may also be reacting to the adhesive on the steri strips. If you have a latex allergy let your medical team know. ...Read more
I had gallbladder out in July and I have a small bumpy itchy rash around the incisions...any idea what it could be?
Is itchiness a side effect or reaction to my oxycodone 5mg or is it from my anesthesia? I had surgery yesterday morning.
More likely Oxycodon: It is unlikely for general anesthesia to cause itchiness more than 24hrs later, unless it affected your liver. General anesthesia is usually cleared from you body rapidly, unless you have a rare enzyme deficiency. It far more likely due to oxycodone. If itchiness is diffuse, stop oxycodone and see if it resolves. You can take diphenhydramine for symptoms. Let you doctor know asap. ...Read more
Itchy swoolen red welts lasting 24 hr then another cums 10 wk since it started after orif surgery?
Be seen: I would certainly recommend you be seen and accurately diagnosed as there are multiple possibilities including some form of contact dermatitis or reaction to splint material or implant used to internally fix your fracture, may be an infectious issue. A good exam would likely go a long way in determining the cause. ...Read more
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