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Allergy To Sutures?? Allergy To Sutures??

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Unread 02-10-2008, 12:46 PM
Allergy To Sutures??

I am 3 months post- op, went to my Doctor yesterday and I am still not healed inside! She had to apply Silver Nitrate again! This is the 3rd time. I am so discouraged and frustrated. Also have bad scars om my abdomen and vagina from the allergy to the stitches. Anyone else have this happen?
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Unread 02-10-2008, 06:17 PM
Allergy To Sutures??


I am soooo very allergic to staples, sutures, adhesives, plastic, narcotics, and my list just goes on and on.

To tell you how allergic I am to the staples and sutures I had...I am still being treated at the Wound Care Center at the hospital because my incision is still open in certain areas over 4 months post op.

I can tell you that you will heal from the inside out. It will take a long time to heal if you are severely allergic to the staples and sutures. I even broke out in hives from some of topical med. that my dr (gyn) put on my incision, and where the staples were. I ended up on steroids, and looked like a burn victim for about a week. I could barely move without wanting to scratch. It was horrible!

I have to strongly recommend that if you are not healing, go see a Wound Care Specialist. That is what I did. My dr wasn't thrilled with the idea, but it was my body not healing. I felt that had to do something. I was bleeding, had a horrible odor, and pus was just draining out of it.

On my first visit, I was told to keep the wound dry, and covered at all times. I was given a prescription for sterilized water, and the dr made me a salve to put on it. I cleaned it 3 times a day, and had to wear a wash clothe to catch the pus and blood (it was just that bad). The usual gauze pads couldn't contain the drainage.

I go back once a week for debreding and packing. It is not fun. It hurts, but the dr does numb me before hand.

I was in the company of 3 women who had C-Sections and had horrible allergic reactions both sutures and staples. They were going through the same process as I was.

The silver nitrate...ouch! I had that done to me about 6 times because of my body rejecting the sutures.

I am still swollen from my surgery, but I have lost the odor, and am finally starting to heal. YAY!

It is frustrating. I sure do know it. I am right there with you. Just make sure you cover all of your bases. Go seek help from a Wound Care Specialist. They deal with this sort of thing all the time. Don't let any dr try to convience you otherwise.

Please feel free to pm me anytime. I soooo know how you feel. It is miserable.

Take care.

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