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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. ...Read more

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Incision (Definition)

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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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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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. ...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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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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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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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more