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Please help— has anyone found out they are allergic to the staples used in gastric sleeve? I am one week post op and the rash/ hives on my stomach are crazy itchy and red. And getting worse. I’m off all meds as of three days ago. Benadryl and topical creams aren’t helping much. Any fellow rash peeps? What was your experience?

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I didn't get a rash from my bypass - but I did for my second plastic surgery (first plastic surgery I did not). I was having a reaction to the surgical glue or tape that they used - it's evidently not uncommon.

I was talking to my veterinarian about this. She said it sometimes takes two or three exposures before your body starts reacting to something, so that might explain it in my case (of course, your can react during the first exposure, too - like yours did)

anyway, I contacted my plastic surgeon about it, and he put me on steroids for about 10 days to suppress the reaction - and then after that he removed the tape (he couldn't remove it right away because the incisions were still healing). So ask your surgeon - they may put you on something to suppress the allergic reaction.

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I am 11 weeks post op. I got a rash on my abdominal area a few days after surgery and I still have it!!! I’ve tried hydrocortisone and all kinds of cream and nothing has helped. I didn’t think about it having to do with surgery. I guess talking to the surgeon would be the best idea.

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I was happy to find this thread because I developed a rash on my abdomen 1 week post op. It started out as red, raised, and extremely itchy. It covered the entirety of my lower abdomen, around the incisions and the whole are between them. I took Benadryl 25mg twice and day and put hydrocortisone cream on it for a week. It's almost completely gone now and no longer itches. I showed it to my surgeon today and he said he wasn't worried about it. He didn't say what caused it, but it seems somewhat common from the research I did. Best of luck to any fellow itchy folks... hopefully it resolves like mine has!

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