I need help! Here it is 3:00 am and I have been rudely awakened by intense itching like I have never felt before in my entire life in my in incision. I am 4 and 1/2 weeks post-op and things look fine with the incision, but I am loosing my mind due to this terrible itching. I still have steri strips covering my incisions that were put in place after they removed my stitches and have to remain in place for one more week. I am not allowed to put anything on or near the incisions, but I am wondering if anyone has ideas of how I can get some relief? Will Benedryl or allergy medication help with this kind of itching? I know that they treat itching that it caused by a histamine reaction, but I do not believe this type of "healing" itching is a histamine type reaction. Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thank you TamiNicole, I finally could not stand it any longer and took a couple of benedryl a little while ago. I am anxiously waiting for them to either help reduce the itching or put me to sleep, I don't care which one.
Benadryl helps, as does cold compresses and hyrdrocortisone cream (not on incisions but skin which is adjacent). I suffer from a lot of allergic skin reactions so I can say all of these will help. Distraction helps too, i.e. if you can't sleep due to itching, doing something else like watching a movie will keep your mind off it a little, and anyway you might as well be doing something other than sitting in bed thinking of how much you want to scratch!
The Following User Says Thank You to punkin77 For This Useful Post: Newleftside (04-15-2013)
I hope you feel better by now!
I was told a few different thing... Ice, to pinch that leg then rub it ( I did find that helped). This was interesting, and I did help I'm not sure why... To scratch the same place on the other leg....??? It's a mind thing. Maybe it was the novelty but one horrible time it did help.
Nov 2011- PTT Tendon repaired
Jan 2013-Calcaneal Osteotomy with medial slide and a
FDL tendon transfer
The Following User Says Thank You to RuthS For This Useful Post: Newleftside (04-16-2013)
Thank you all for your help and tips. Yes Ruth by the time I received your post the itching had stopped with the use of antihistamines, ice, and tapping and rubbing the leg adjacent. (However the tapping and rubbing caused terrible "electric" type pains shooting down my foot, so I discontinued those actions right away.) I will remember the suggestions you mentioned Ruth for the next time should it occur again.
Thank you all again, I do appreciate all of your help!!