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I got a cyst removed earlier today, now the incision itches but doesn't hurt. What can I do about it?

I got a cyst removed earlier today, now the incision itches but doesn't hurt. What can I do about it?

Leave it alone!: Try to not itch the area, especially for the next few days as the wound heals. You could try taking some Benedryl. Sometimes scratching around the surgical area but not on the surgical area helps too. Call your doctor before putting any kind of cream or lotion on it. ...Read more

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I had a c-section 3 months ago. My incision has healed, but the scar itches like crazy every once in a while. What is the best thing to put on it?

I had a c-section 3 months ago. My incision has healed, but the scar itches like crazy every once in a while. What is the best thing to put on it?

Hard to say: First determine the cause of the itching: 1) if it is due to ingrown hairs, depilation may help. 2) if it is due to histamine or inflammation, antihistamines ( topical or oral) with corticosteroids may be useful. 3) if neurogenic, scar massage or topical capsacin may provide relief. 4) if caused by a suture reaction, removal may be indicated. If a topical allergic reaction, cessation of ointments. ...Read more

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Had 4 lymph nodes removed &biopsies ( benign) 2weeks ago. half of incision split open..pain & hard lump under it. Itches down arm ?? Infection?

Had 4 lymph nodes removed &biopsies ( benign) 2weeks ago. half of incision split open..pain & hard lump under it. Itches down arm ?? Infection?

Post op issues: Best to go IMMEDIATELY to see your surgeon or Urgent Care center...Sounds like wound dehiscence who possible infection or abscess/hematoma formation. But over the internet impossible to tell. ...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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How to get your incision to stop itching??? 12 days postop

How to get your incision to stop itching??? 12 days postop

Any med?: Many people use antibiotics on wounds. Bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic are common. NONE OF THESE PREVENTS OR TREATS INFECTION. They are common sensitizers, causing itchy allergic reactions. People sometimes are allergic to adhesive tape. Where is the incision? How large? Why? Stitches? See the Dr who gave you the incision. ...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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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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Stitches not dissolving and pneumothorax/portacath incisions are itching. What do I do?

Local care: Clean the incisions with soap and water, then wipe with alcohol. That should help with the itching. The stitches will absorb eventually. ...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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Mastoidectomy done 18th & all good except sticky discharge from incision tolerable pain & swelling, major itching, blisters at base and frt of inci, ?

Mastoidectomy done 18th & all good except sticky discharge from incision tolerable pain & swelling, major itching, blisters at base and frt of inci, ?

See your doc ASAP : The itching and the blistering suggest that this could be an allergic contact dermatitis, perhaps to the adhesive from the bandages. But anytime there is an issue going on after surgery, it is very important to see the surgeon right away. Infection could also present similarly and must be excluded. ...Read more

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I had my 3rd C-section on 11/23/2009. My bikini cut incision has started itching alot. It is still close, there is no fluid leaking. Why is it itching?

Healing vs infection: Incision go through a number of phases, including inflammatory. Continue to monitor incision for signs of increasing redness, swelling or drainage. Holistic treatment of an itching incision may be vitamin e or aloe based topical treatments. Mild treatments may include anti-histamine diphenhydramine/benadryl. If not scheduled, then a follow up showed be made. ...Read more

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Incision itching one month after inguinal hernia oparation, is it normal?

Yes: Very common symptom, and a sign things are going well with the healing process. ...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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