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Skin reaction? Skin reaction?

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Unread 04-09-2012, 08:48 PM
Skin reaction?

I have had various surgeries in the past and never experienced anything like this, but the skin on my abdomen is very sensitive. It feels like I have a rash or like the skin is irritated, but there is nothing there. This was only on my belly and now my arms are doing it. Is this something others have experienced or am I just special?
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Unread 04-09-2012, 09:09 PM
Re: Skin reaction?

Have you started any new meds in the last day or so? Wondering if it might be some hormonal reaction to the surgery?? Sorry I don't have any answers for you. Hopefully someone will come along that will have some or better insight. Might not hurt to go ahead an put a call in to your dr though. ((hugs))
Unread 04-09-2012, 09:28 PM
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I woke up on day two with an itchy, rashy abdomen - and things were a bit red with two white (skin colored) stripes going down either side of me. I was also puffy around my ankles, hands, and my face seemed puffy too, so the doctor saw me right away. Turns out the surgical prep stuff they put on me wasn't washed off so I was instructed to shower, and they weren't sure if the puffiness was because of that or the narcotics, so I stopped taking those. Everything was fine after.
Not sure if this helps - I didn't have anything on my arms, and I could see that there was something there - altho it wasn't bright or anything. Good luck to you - hope you get some answers. Call your doctor - mine was so nice and his nurse was too, they answered anything I asked.
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Unread 04-09-2012, 09:59 PM
Re: Skin reaction?

I read morphine can cause itching. I asked my doc about it before surgery and he said yes, that is true. He said something would be added to the IV to help prevent that from happening. I don't know if this pertains to you, just a thought.
Unread 04-09-2012, 10:07 PM
Re: Skin reaction?

I had a rash after I left the hospital and I guess it was the codeine because I quit taking it and it went away. It was only on my torso, and not the arms, but I have had reactions to medications that have spread to the arms as well. Even if it looks like there's nothing there, it could still be a medication reaction.
Unread 04-09-2012, 11:33 PM
Re: Skin reaction?

I have a call in to my doc. She can't get me in till Wednesday. The itchy rash stuff started almost immediately on the belly and face and they said it was the pain meds so they moved me to a medication I have used in the past and it stopped itching for 2 days and now it is back. No new meds or soaps or anything. My ankles are getting swollen and my tummy is swelling. Will call dic first thing in AM to let her know. Maybe she can see me sooner.
Unread 04-10-2012, 02:43 AM
Re: Skin reaction?

I had my hysterectomy on the 16th of March and soon after got a rash that started below my breasts and then moved down my stomach to my upper thighs. They told me to take benadryl and took me off the Vicodin. They also had me taking ibuprofen and took me off of that as well. So the rash did go away. I think the benadryl helped.

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