Help! Extreme itching/redness on right arm. Is there anything else I can put on to ease itchiness? (Photo)
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Rash on arm 3 weeks post op
Post Op arm Lift
You should see your doctor and surgeon right away although itching is normal in some patients. What you are describing could be a sign of infection and you may need antibiotics . Please call your surgeon's practice and follow up as soon as possible. Itching is no laughing matter.Itching sensation is carried by the same nerve fibers (so called c-fibers) that cause pain. I personally, on any given day, rather hurt than itch.
Post-operative itching of incisions is absolutely normal. It is cause by the chemical histamine, which is present in healing wounds. It is also present in nettles. Some patients find a lot of relief in just knowing it is a sign of healing and will diminish. Others find even more relief in an over the counter antihistamine such as Zyrtec, Afrin or Allegra which are good for daytime use or Benedryl which is great at bed time because it also has some sedation qualities. There are also prescription medications for recalcitrant itching.
Post-operative all over itching is usually a reaction to a post operative medication. Narcotics such as Percocet and Vicodin also cause histamine release and often an antihistamine helps or changing medication can help. Also, some antibiotics cause itching if a patient is sensitive. In these cases, changing antibiotics usually takes care of the problem.
Another thing that I have found helpful is a topical cream called Caladryl which is a combination or Camomile and Benadryl Cream. Caladryl kept me from going crazy during a hive outbreak about 20 years ago. Don’t put it on your incisions unless you get the okay from the doctor but you can slather it on itchy areas away from the incisions.
Allergic reaction after surgery.
If the incision does not have any open areas, I would recommend using Cortisone cream on the area of irritation. Also you may want to stop wearing your garment, because that may be adding to the skin reaction at this point. Also, adding some Benadryl into the mix may help instead of taking the Claritin. Good luck with healing.
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You may want to use some Benadryl and hydrocortisone ointment to help relieve the itchiness, but regardless I would recommend a visit to your plastic surgeon to evaluate for infection. It may also be that you are having a reaction to the oil or even the material of the compression sleeves.
Extreme itching after arm lift
- I am so sorry about this itching -
- It sounds as though you may be sensitive to the sleeve material.
- Ask your surgeon about whether you need to wear the sleeve.
- Be sure all tape adhesive is entirely off your skin.
- Do not wash the area with soap.
- Apply no lotions of any kind - once the skin is sensitized, it may react to everything.
- And ask your surgeon if it is too early for a topical steroid to calm the skin.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.
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