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Help ITCHY stitches

lilac100llilac100 Posts: 180
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Anyone got any home remedies for my stitches itching. I was lucky with the fusion they glued my back so no scabbing and itching. When he took my hardware out last week he used stitches. Now it's scabbing and cracking and itching. I can tolerate the cracking and scabbing but the itching is driving me insane. I've got 2 more weeks with these things and can't stand it. Guess it's my own fault I told him not to worry about the tattoo this time I just want to feel better. I know itching is supposed to be a good sign, healing and all, but I've woken up scratching and some blood from the pulling the scabs off. Other then that I'm recovering well.


  • Lilac,

    I found for me, mixing the use of ice and heat seemed to calm it down, and too speed up the healing process. The heat increased the blood flow, and the ice numbed things up a bit to take the edge off of the itching.

    The other thing I did with several surgical incisions is massage the incision - it knocks down/breaks up surface scar tissue and seems to reduce the sensitivity of the incision site that causes some of the itching.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thank you, I've been using ice but I'll try some heat.
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