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Why is my surgical incision itching so much?

Why is my surgical incision itching so much?

Healing process.: Whenever tissue is subject to trauma, such as incisions made during surgery, the body initiates an inflammatory response as part of the healing process. As part of this process histamine is released. It is the histamine which causes the wound to itch. So itching of the wound is a good sign. If you find the itching is unbearable, you can take an antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for relief.

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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.

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Why does my surgical incision from a week ago itch and have a rash around it?

Why does my surgical incision from a week ago itch and have a rash around it?

Not uncommon: Some people have reactions to the prep prior to the operation or the adhesives used after it. It goes away after several days usually. Anti-itch products like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream can help. If it worsens, talk to your surgeon because infection is always a possibility, but less likely given your current symptoms.

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What can I do to relieve itching on surgical incisions?

Surgical Incision: You should consult your surgeon to discuss the options to relieve any surgical incision itching or irritation. Without knowing the location or type of surgery you had, it is difficult to recommend any treatment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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....

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I had open heart surgery 5 years ago and lately my incision is constantly itching. Should I be worried?

I had open heart surgery 5 years ago and lately my incision is constantly itching. Should I be worried?

No: Generally no. You should make sure you have not changed laundry detergent and other things that may be irritating the scar.

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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.

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I recently had surgery the skin around the incision on my scrotum is itching and peeling this may be jock itch how do I treat the raw skin?

I recently had surgery the skin around the incision on my scrotum is itching and peeling this may be jock itch how do I treat the raw skin?

Surgery: You should call and have the surgeon who performed the procedure examine this. It may be secondarily infected and you want to be sure that the surgery is not undone by this. Go and chat with them.

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There is fluid draining from my surgical incision, is this normal?

There is fluid draining from my surgical incision, is this normal?

Draining incision: There are times that drainage is expected and even encouraged. So is this normal? It may be normal for the condition you have but healed without infection and not draining is better.

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How long does it take a surgical incision to heal?

4-6 weeks: At 4-6 weeks 90% or so of the strength in the incision has healed. The wound will continue to modify for the rest of your life. Thus scars fade with time.

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Is it normal for a surgical incision marks to be hard?

Yes, but...: Yes, it is normal for incision lines to the firm for the first several months after the procedure is performed. As the scar "matures", most scars will soften and improve in appearance. Some patients will develop abnormal scars, called hypertrophic or keloid scars; these scars may be raised and firm. Treatment for these types of scars are available.

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What is the best way to take care of a surgical incision?

Clean and dry: Keep the incision clean by showering with soap and water at least daily. The incision can be left uncovered as long as it is dry and not leaking. Otherwise, a dry gauze will help keep your clothes fro getting soiled.

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Post surgical incision bled a little bit 5 days after surgery but has now stopped. Is this a big deal?

Not a problem: Probably is not, specially if stopped already, that could happens if small amount of blood accumulates under the skin and need to drain.

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What is the purpose of a surgical incision into the thalamus?

What is the purpose of a surgical incision into the thalamus?

Tumor or tremor: Neurosurgical incision to extrepate a tumor or place a brain electrode for electrical stimulation to control tremor are the only two occassions to operate on the Thalamus I know of

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What should I do if I accidentally put Neosporin on a surgical incision that I'm fairly sure had been glued? I am 4.5 days post-op.

What should I do if I accidentally put Neosporin on a surgical incision that I'm fairly sure had been glued? I am 4.5 days post-op.

Don't worry.: If it stays closed, no worries. You can wipe it off carefully. If it comes open, dehisces, then need to see your surgeon ASAP.

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