Dealing with an Itchy Surgical Wound: Causes, Relief and Care Tips
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Should I Cover an Itchy Wound?
Not every surgical wound needs to be covered. The causes of a dressing are:
- To prevent stitches from rubbing against your clothing and produce friction
- Offer a suitable healing environment for the wound
- Guard the area around the wound
- Absorb any fluids oozing out of the wound
Taking Care of the Wound After Surgery
When you have an itchy wound, the urge to scratch the area feels stronger than ever. However, scratching a wound can trigger infection and slow down the healing process. Here are some remedies you can take to soothe the itching:
1. Clean and Dry the Wound:
Keeping your wound dry and clean is winning half the battle against itchiness. This will not only soothe itching but also boost the healing process. You can use a mild cleanser to rinse the area and pat it dry.
2. Apply a Cold Compress:
You can apply a cold pack or some ice wrapped in a cloth to put gentle pressure on the wound for a few minutes. It will help in numbing the area to reduce itching and inflammation.
3. Keep Away from Scratching:
We all know how tempting is it to scratch an itchy skin. But in case it’s a wound scratching can delay the healing and worsen the wound. Try to distract yourself whenever you feel the urge to scratch such as talking to people around you, playing a video game, watching TV, etc.
4. Apply a Topical Cream
You can also apply some over-the-counter topical creams and ointments readily available in the market for immediate relief. Calamine lotions, aloe Vera gel, and other similar medications greatly contribute to relieving the discomfort of itching.
5. Visit your Healthcare Provider for Consultation
In case even after all the care your wound is swelled, infected, or leaking, the best idea is to consult your healthcare provider right away. Your physician will rule out the underlying cause of itching and provide you with the right treatment.
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Patience is the key to achieving every goal. Your wound-healing process demands sufficient time to heal, proper care, and attention. Remember to follow the above expert tips to accelerate healing with minimal discomfort.