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Unread 08-24-2005, 12:13 PM
red incision

Hi Ladies,
Three days ago I noticed a sharp pain emitting from the left side of my hysterectomy incision/scar. I don't normally look at it, as I consider it ugly and emotionally painful. However, it looked red -- as if I had draw on it with a red marker, and was unable to wash it off. I usually was it with soap and water in the bath tub, and then towel dry it, all without looking at it.
I spoke with a Registered Nurse over the phone, and her advice was to treat it at home with an antibiotic ointment, to cover it with gauze, to prevent the ointment from coming off, and to see a doctor if the signs of infection spread, if I developed a fever, or if the wound felt warm to the touch -- none of which has happened. However, I have noticed no improvement after 3 days.
My incision was closed at the time of hysterectomy with dissolvable sutures (rather than staples, at my request), and the incision healed without incident.
I had my hysterectomy 20 months ago, and am wonder what has accounted for the sudden onset of what seems to be a minor skin infection, although I know the Registered Nurse on the phone, and myself cannot diagnose.
Has anyone had this happen before? I have not yet seen a doctor for this. The pain is sharp, but it only comes and goes...
Thanks for your help!
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Unread 08-24-2005, 01:00 PM
red incision

I suggest you have a doctor look at it, even a primary care physician. Is it possible that you might have an ingrown hair? I get those from time to time in my various scar sites. They can be painful and the definitely can turn the area red.

I find if I don't remove the hair, they don't heal up. Don't go digging around in your skin ... have the doctor take a look and go from there.

Best wishes to you for a full healing from your hysterectomy. Sounds like you are still in the grieving process. I encourage you to visit the Aching Hearts Forum to find support and acceptance.

Many s
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