Is this an infection beginning or a reaction to steri strips? My skin is itchy and sometimes tingling. (Photo)
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Possible allergy to adhesive
You may have a possible allergy to the adhesive in the steri strips. You can try taking benedryl to relieve your symptoms. Contact your surgeons office to make them aware so they do not use adhesive strips in the future.
Other then that your incisions look great!
Probable Steri Strip Reaction
Before proceeding with treatment, it's important to be evaluated by your surgeon. Occasionally, these findings may be related to a more serious problem. It's, therefore, necessary to thoroughly investigate the cause of this problem before initiating treatment.
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This looks like you might be reacting to the Steristrips or to Mastisol if it was used underneath them.
To be sure, return to see your surgeon or his or her nurse.
I hope this helps.
Steri strips are no longer needed nor beneficial.
Patients and their surgeons want to minimize scars, and there is no uniform "magic bullet' that can guarantee the least scarring. Thus, each surgeon will advocate a slightly different post-op regimen to help reduce scarring, including tapes (often called the poor man's scar pad), silicone or polyethylene scar sheets, topical agents such as Mederma, Scar Guard, Kelo-Cote, Selevax, and others, and simple massage with Vitamin E oil.
My own personal regimen for reducing scars is to use a Tegaderm immediately after surgery for 7-10 days, then at one week, twice daily Scar Recovery gel. At 3 weeks I recommend Vitamin E oil massage and start scar sheets at the first sign of scar hypertrophy, which usually is not evident until 3-6 weeks post-op. If there is no evidence of scar hypertrophy or keloid formation, I do not use scar pads, as they can cause irritation if not used correctly, and irritation increases the tendency for less-than-ideal scars. Which is why I would advise no more Steri-strips for you--they may be doing more harm than good! But talk with your own surgeon, to whom you will go if your scars end up to be suboptimal. Follow his/her recommendations. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen