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   Posted 1/14/2005 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
 Has anyone out there that did the reconstruction ever had trouble with itching?  I remember having some problems the first time but it might be under my arm or somewhere else.  Today, one of the twins has gone thru spells of itching like crazy.  Scratching doesn't help!!!!  I see plastic surgeon again on Wed. for another expansion and I guess I'll see what he has to say.  But, if anyone on here has any advice - please, please, please let me know. 
Thanks in advance.
Teresa King

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   Posted 1/15/2005 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Is there any redness or heat involved that might lead to a suspicion of an infection? Healing processes can itch, but infection can also itch. If you see any sign of infection, immediately get some medical help. To delay could mean more chance of losing the ground you have gained with reconstruction. If you just itch and no other signs, then I would just keep a close eye on it and use some "itch cream" to help. There are lots of OTC creams, but be careful not to use over an incision area. Hugs, Mary K.

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   Posted 1/15/2005 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
The itching can also come from stretching the skin during the expansion process. I would caution against using the creams because of the new incisions; many of the anti-itch creams have various forms of steroids in them (such as hydrocortisone) and that can delay or interfere with the healing process. Moist heat from a warm wash cloth will give some temporary relief and you can do that as often as you want. Also, use a moisturizer daily to keep the skin soft. Vitamin E is supposed to help healing and prevent scarring, but don't use it until the incisions have closed completely. Frayda

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   Posted 1/15/2005 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep, the itching is annoying. I had and have itching at the site of reconstruction. The P/S told me it is normal. Nerve endings regenerating, skin settleing in after being stretched and just plain healing. Did you ever have a cut or sore that itched like crazy when it was healing? Same thing. But keep an eye out for possible infection!!

Frayda had some good suggestions.

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