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allergic reaction from steri-strips on my incisions?

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I got surgery a few days ago, and since the following night I have had constant, severe itching. The itchiness is so bad I am unable to focus on work, and it keeps me awake at night. I have been using cortisone and have taken Benadryl, as well as switched the medical tape I was using because I believe it may have been causing an allergic reaction. I still have (fairly bloody) steri-strips on about 80% of my incisions, and I was wondering if maybe that could be the source of itching? Also, is there anything else I can do in terms of itch-management?

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replied April 20th, 2017
Skin Answer A60894
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

You didnt specify the surgery. The stitches need to be examined to look for an infected wound that could be the cause of the itching. If there is an infection at the site of the stitches then the steroids may worsen it. So it should be identified before using medication empirically.

Wishing you best of health


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