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steri strips ?? how long on

lynettellynette Posts: 217
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am having an issue with the steri strips. They are itching so bad and are turning red underneath. I have so many allergies and I think these are one!!! I peeled the two off from where they took the bone marrow bx and now the skin is hive like underneath. I know they said they will fall off but these are going to have to go. I will call the office today to see if ok to peel off, otherwise I think I will have blisters!! Lynette


  • I didn't have any reaction to the strips and they were pulled off by my PCP about 3 weeks after surgery. You could probably lay a damp washcloth over the top of them for a while to help loosen them up. If they are bothering your skin its time to go.

  • They took mine off at my 1 week post op. My skin had the same reaction to tape. I kept trying to tell the nurses, but they kept telling me it was nerve pain. Needless to say by the time I got home and my hubby took the dressings off, I had bleeding blisters. 3 weeks later, I still have areas on my back that troublesome. So let 'em rip! Glad you are doing so well! :-) Shari
  • I had the same problem I was told that I am allergic to them and when they were removed, it also took the skin with it I now have scars the shape of steri strips lol I had to put cortizone cream on them. Doctor called it contact dermititis
  • I did call the Dr office and since I was far away and they could not see the icisions they wanted some blood work to r/o infection and someone to look at them, so went to my dr that I work for and he said incisions look good just inflamed under strips and labs were normal. Just ice and benadryl lynette
  • I'm guessin with weather warming up, it doesn't help the itch. So he left them on or took them off?

    I know they prefer to leave them if you can but if you have a reaction, I was told to call the doctor's office and they would decide.

    I hope it's better now.
  • Most of mine just fell off, but my Dr said I could pull the rest off at my 3 week check up. Thankfully mine didn't bother me.

  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    They put them back on!
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  • My nurse co-worker and my Dr. I work for took them all off yesterday. Last night I thought someone was going to have to put those mitts on me so I don't scratch myself to a state of rawness! All my incisions look like a big long hive. i know this is minor compared to what most of you have had post-op, but sure is irritating. Lynette
  • you can get quite severe scarring if you are allergic to them.
    Not to mention the uncomfortable non stop itchiness.
  • I had to cut my nails because I was clawing at mine in my sleep! My back itches so bad! I tried to put a little lotion on outlying skin. Hope it gets better soon!
  • Sorry to hear about your reaction. I definately react to bandaids and tape. I still have tape glue on me from 3 weeks ago and areas of redness in the shape of bandaids. I did not react to the steri strips however. Mine started falling off about 2 weeks after surgery. My incision however itches all the time. :)

  • I think I had the same problem, I'm not alergic to alot of things, I was alergic to those strips. :S
  • I left mine on for 10 days.. I broke out with some acne in the area from all the glue and other stuff I think. But my incision looks great
  • Thanks for all your input, I think the itch crisis is over. I think I got them off in time so there will be no scaring. Lynette
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