I Am 12 Days Post-op from tummy tuck with muscle repair on 2/6/12. My Incision Has Begun to Itch Like Crazy. Is It Safe to Apply Anything?
I Am 12 Days Post-op. My Incision Has Begun to Itch Like Crazy. Is It Safe to Apply Anything?
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Benedryl Cream... and meet with your surgeon just in case!
It’s important to consult your plastic surgeon when this type of situation arises.Your surgeon can rule out infection and allergic reactions which are also occasionally associated with itching in the post-operative period.In the vast majority of patients this type of itching is self-limited and resolves with the passage of time.
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Pablo Prichard, MD
Incision itching after surgery
As long as your incision looks normal it's likely that your itching is a normal part of the healing process. Try some benadryl and check in with your plastic surgeon to see if they reccomend anything else. The good news is that itching typically goes away on it's own. Cheers, Dr Kerr
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Hello waitedenough, Itching can be a very normal part of the incision healing process and topicals can usually be applied to calm the itch. However, you should be explicitly following the instructions of YOUR surgeon. These are the exact type of questions surgeons answer for patients in their surgery post care paperwork and during your follow up visits to our office. I am always concerned when I see so many of these questions being posed to RealSelf that should be posed to your personal physician. I wonder if proper follow up care is not being provided, if the patient feels they can't speak to their doctor openly or if the patient just doesn't want to follow the protocols given and is seeking approval elsewhere. The professional responsible for your post op care and outcome is YOUR surgeon. Call them please!
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Thanks for your question.
I would recommend you check in with your plastic surgeon. Itching can be quite normal and can sometimes be a side effect of Narcotics for pain relief. Your surgeon may be able to recommend a medication to help, but will also want to be sure there are no problems.
At 12 days I woluld let your surgeon decide if you are to put anything on the incisions.
Best of luck.
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Thank you for the question.
Always best to be examined by your plastic surgeon to rule out complications such as hypersensitivity... that may be responsible for the itching. After examination, your plastic surgeon may be able to advise oral or topical medication to help.
My Incision Itches!!
It is normal to have an itching sensation after surgery. However, it is too early to apply any topical treatment to this fresh incision. You should consult with your surgeon about the use of oral benadryl to help with the itching. Good luck.
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