I am 1 week post TT and BA. Why do I itch so much?
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Many surgeons do use steri strips to help close and seal the incisions after tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Usually they are left on for 1 – 2 weeks, and when they are taken off the wounds have sealed and are well on their way to healing. Unfortunately a small percentage of people do have a reaction to them like you have. Typically just taking them off and cleaning the area stops the reaction, but in a very few the itching and rash can persist and be quite miserable. In those cases it is felt that the true reaction is to the adhesive on the steri strips or the glue that is used to help them stay on (Mastisole or Benzoine). That adhesive penetrates into the skin and is difficult to wash off. Simple washing with soap and water seldom helps. Over the counter hydrocortisone cream or ointment may take some of the itch away and soothe the skin, but often a stronger prescription medication is needed. At my office we consulted with some local dermatologists and they recommended we prescribe Locoid Lipocream, and have patients apply cool moist soaks to the areas before applying the cream twice a day. This really helps to stop the itching, reduce the inflammation and get on with the healing and enjoying your results.
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Itching following surgery
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Itching 1 week post TT and BBA
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- Contact your surgeon and discuss this.
- This may be an allergy, reaction to surgical soap or garment, continued reaction to steristrip adhesive on your skin or the side-effect of narcotics.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.
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