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Hey everybody, I am 5 days post op and my incision sites are itching like crazy. I still have my staples - they get removed on the 25th- my question is what can I do about the itching? I can't use lotions or creams but I'm thinking maybe bio oil? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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I didn’t have staples so I didn’t have the same restrictions. I would give a quick call to your surgeons office and ask about the bio oil or an ointment such as Aquaphor healing ointment (that’s what I was told to use on my incisions but again I didn’t have staples so that may not be okay for your situation).

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I agree - I'd check with your clinic before doing anything. I suspect bio oil would might cause the same potential issues as lotions or creams would.

I got really itchy after one of my plastic surgeries - reactions to the adhesive or tape they used. They put me on oral prednisone for a few days, so maybe they could do something like that. But I'd call your clinic before doing anything.

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staples? I didnt have stables. They used surgical glue which faded away after about a month. but mine were still a little itchy. i used some neosporin pain+itch relief. Maybe that can work for you?

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I had staples for 7 days. I could do literally nothing for the itch, not allowed to use any cream, oil, etc. I just itched around the clear bandage to ease my mind.

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The itching means the incisions are healing. It sucks, there's not much you can do, maybe ask about benadryl, but one thing that can make it worse, is taking a hot shower. Heat activates the nerves to fire. Nerves firing mean big time itching. So if you are taking hot showers, maybe try to turn the AC a bit warmer before your shower and take a cooler shower and see if that helps until you're healed.

Best wishes!

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Thanks everyone! My surg team says I can't use anything topical, but they are having me try some oral steroids. Fingers crossed it will work

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1 hour ago, sugarbee24 said:

Thanks everyone! My surg team says I can't use anything topical, but they are having me try some oral steroids. Fingers crossed it will work

yes - that's what they gave me after my plastic surgery (oral steroids - in my case, prednisone - you probably have the same. You take them for 10 days, if I remember correctly...).

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