Rash and Itchiness Around Incision

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Rash and Itchiness Around Incision

Post by Diane » February 22nd, 2009, 10:18 pm

I have a light colored rash above and below the incision and constant itchiness since last night. It has been slightly itchy since about 2 weeks after implant but has become constantly itchy, it is even itchy under the skin around the pocket but no rash. I don't have a fever or anything and I don't think it is infected. Could it just be from using my arm a lot more now that it has been 6 weeks since implant? Did anyone have itchiness around their ICD and incision with their healing?
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Post by tombruce » February 22nd, 2009, 11:18 pm

Hi Diane,

Not to be construed as medical advice....but the itchiness is usually a good thing and a sign of healing. I think this is common for most incisional surgeries. I am sure there will be other opinions as well.


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Post by JohnM » February 22nd, 2009, 11:41 pm

I experienced itching and I do believe is normal in healing as experienced with sternum incision from bypass surgery also. the rash cant really say as didnt experience that. It could be from more freedom of usage of arm, but thats merely a guess.
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Post by ~guin » February 23rd, 2009, 12:50 am

The rash could be just from scratching the site. It could also be caused by more movement, but most likely from irritation from itching or clothing.

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Post by AndreaA » February 24th, 2009, 8:19 pm

I'm on board with the "itching means healing" idea - and I have have also intermittently gotten a rash around the incision - nothing big or annoying, but it just comes and goes.
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Post by kathyn2 » February 24th, 2009, 9:12 pm

My ICD site itched like crazy (so itchy it was almost painful) for a long long time. It rarely itches now that its been about a year and a half but it itched for a good year. I guess I am a slow healer. I thought I might be allergic to the box for a long time. I don't think about it much anymore tho.


Post by Mark » February 24th, 2009, 10:24 pm


I think a lot of us have gone through the ITCHIES when implanted, so I would assume it is pretty normal. the rash might be form the continued scratching as stated earlier. I wanted to ask you- is there any warmth form the incision area? Also no leaking or tenderness at the site, and the rash as you describe is pretty much flat, as in no pustules (like small little pimple heads)? As long as it is pretty much run of the mill itch, some light lotion might help stop it or even some Benadryl, of course as always- consult your cardiologist before trying anything. I think for the most part you will be fine, so not to worry. :)

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Post by smc0827 » February 25th, 2009, 9:59 pm

Mine still itches sometimes - almost 4 years later. It's completely healed, but I am sensitive to clothing tags, bandaids, stitches, any scratchy clothing, etc. So I figure it's just me!!! But it just comes and goes, no rhyme or reason.

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Post by Diane » February 26th, 2009, 10:54 am

Thanks everyone,
I made an appointment with my family doc today because there is a little hive on the end of the incision and I just want to be sure it's not infected. The itching is driving me nuts!!
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Post by Diane » February 26th, 2009, 10:04 pm

My doc gave me some polysporin with an antihistamine in it for the incision itching. It was instant relief! He also told me to wrap my bra strap with gauze to help prevent it from rubbing.
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Post by oleblueize » February 26th, 2009, 11:10 pm

My incision itched.. I had it implanted 3 1/2 weeks ago. Dr was big on not scratching. I get allergy shots so I am used to itching.. I rub around the incision not on it..
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