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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?

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?

Not know: Itching of incision sites is normal healing. Redness can mean infection but usually will have swelling and drainage of pus if infected. Keep clean and watch closely for drainage or if fever then call the doctor. Itching is normal for all healing incisions. ...Read more

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An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more


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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

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

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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

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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?

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?

Dermatitis: Likely a reaction to the prep done at time of surgery or a dressing after. What are you putting on the wound now? I'd ask the surgeon what they suggest you use before trying anything. ...Read more

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4 mths post OB/GYN laparoscopic surgery. Incisions (pelvic bone) super itchy. Tried lotion, ice, heat. Is this normal? What else can be done?

4 mths post OB/GYN laparoscopic surgery. Incisions (pelvic bone) super itchy. Tried lotion, ice, heat. Is this normal? What else can be done?

Exam: Surgical incisions often itch as the skin is healing. If it appears to you there may be signs of infection then schedule a visit for an examination. Typically no treatment is needed if the incision is healing well and just itches. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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I had a minor surgery a month ago. It is still itchy and one time there is little pain. Is it normal?

I had a minor surgery a month ago. It is still itchy and one time there is little pain. Is it normal?

Probably normal: If the incision site is located at an area which is subjected to a lot of movements, then the wound healing may take longer. If there is pus or increasing pain, call the surgeon. If the wound still has not healed well in another 2 weeks, also contact the surgeon. ...Read more

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5 days post cateract surgery. My distance vision is clear. How long does it take for scratchy and itchy feeling to subside?

5 days post cateract surgery. My distance vision is clear. How long does it take for scratchy and itchy feeling to subside?

Cataract surgery: Having just had the same surgery, it can take up to 6 weeks I am told. You had your suture removed, correct? Also there can often be some inflammation from other causes such as infection or allergy, so let your doctor know about this. ...Read more

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How long should it take for an IV port placement incision to heal? Is it normal for it to be itchy?

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

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What are some home remedy for itchy incision site?

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

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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?

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?

Every MD's advice: Every md will have different advice to offer for each condition depending upon the surgery or complications of a pregnancy. ...Read more

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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?

Keloid: Keloids and hypertrophic scars can develop at sites of surgery, usually if there is delayed healing after the surgery. Those scars can be treated with steroidal injections, silicon patches, laser or surgery --- seek consultation with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is there anything u can do for an itchy C-section incision?

Not much: Healing is an itchy business. Keep the incision clean. Do not risk infection by putting cream or ointment on it. You can use a clean, cool compress if the itching gets out of hand. Hang in there. It will go away. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks into recovery from whipple surgery. Yesterday, I woke up having itchy calf area, should I be concerned?

I am 5 weeks into recovery from whipple surgery. Yesterday, I woke up having itchy calf area, should I be concerned?

May be drug reaction: Not related to surgery, check all your medications and reaction, speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: Scar can be itchy for a while. You can try to use some oils (like coco butter/oil) products to massage it, may soften it and help with pain. ...Read more

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After each of 4surgeries & having a catheter my vaginal area is inflamed, itchy & seems to be peeling. Happens after every surgery! What is this?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Itchy skin after gallbladder surgery, is it the dressing?

Itchy skin after gallbladder surgery, is it the dressing?

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

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Had rotater cuff surgery 9 months ago and below my scar it has little itchy bumps?

Hard to say: But could be non-absorbable suture working its way to the surface-possibly even an absorbable suture that didn't. Make it a point to see your surgeon or a dermatologist to get a handle on what you need to do next. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder out in July and I have a small bumpy itchy rash around the incisions...any idea what it could be?

See surgeon: Check with surgeon as to whether there is a suture left behind (if non-absorbable). Are you using any topical preparation on the area? If so, you have be allergic to it. ...Read more

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Is itchiness a side effect or reaction to my oxycodone 5mg or is it from my anesthesia? I had surgery yesterday morning.

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

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Itchy swoolen red welts lasting 24 hr then another cums 10 wk since it started after orif surgery?

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