Skin Rash After Surgery

by Anonymous

I had rotator cuff surgery 8 weeks ago. The day after the surgery, I started to itch. I thought it was the Pergoset and so I stopped that. It then became a strange rash. It comes out as a little bump, then turns into lines or circles. The doctor said it was my immune system reacting with some of the things in the anesthetic and it would go away as soon as it all came out of my system.

A few weeks later, I went to a dermatologist and she said the same thing, gave me Zyrtec and cream to use for two weeks. It has not gone away. Some areas fade and some more come out. The itch is worse than the surgery. Will it get better and do you concur that it is from the medicines I had?

There is no cure for dermatographism but I am not sure if this is what you have. Antihistamines help control the symptoms if it is dermatographism and for some people the symptoms eventually dissipate. Surgery has been often linked to starting the dermatographism skin hives problem. It may be just a rash from the medication that will eventually go away.

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Aug 18, 2016
Itching for Almost Two Years
by: Anonymous

I've been itching for almost two years and have been given every prescription known for itching and nothing is working. I am now on Prednisone, a steroid for three months and still no go. If I had it all over to do again I'd never would have had the surgery. This has been hell! The recovery from the Rotator Cuff procedure was simple, but you absolutely have to do your therapy and exercises. But the itching is hell.

Mar 24, 2016
Skin rash when skin is broken
by: Anonymous

I get an itchy bumpy rash anytime I get a cut or puncture. It started when I got my tattoo 20+ years ago and I thought it was the lotion I was using. It then happened again when a garment rack fell and scratched up my face. Since then I have developed a rash when I got my belly button pierced and had surgery on my elbow and a hysterectomy. The doctors finally told me I'm allergic to the chloraprep and adhesives. That explains some of the rashes, but not all. Each time it looks the same and each time it develops only when the the skin is broken. If it was a metal allergy, I would think I would show signs while wearing jewelry such as rings or necklaces but I do not. Does someone have any ideas? I have been scared to have anymore tattoos or piercings done and I had to remove my belly button piercing.

Mar 23, 2016
Same issue and no answers
by: MG

I had it three times in less than a year. I thought it was poison ivy the first time then six months later I got it after shoulder surgery. The last bout came after preparing for a vacation by going to a tanning salon. Symptoms are the same as reported by others. Chest and shoulder although opposite shoulder from the post surgery reaction. I'm just dealing with it and like one person wrote, it goes away after 4-6 weeks. Benadryl helps.

Dec 16, 2015
Rash after Surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi. My husband just had a long surgery for spinal fusion. He developed a rash on each side of his lower stomach. The surgeon came to see him and explained that it was from his skin pressing on the operating room table. The skin in that area must have sweat and mixed with antiseptic on the table. They gave him some ointment and it was better the next day. So the rash could from the operating room table, especially if you have had a long surgery!

Jun 17, 2015
Skin Rash after Surgery as well
by: Theresa

I also had rotator cuff surgery three weeks ago. The rash began a few days after surgery, and has now spread to the full length of both arms, hands, chest, upper thighs, and of course, not only the shoulder that was operated on but the other one too! So far, the only thing that's helping is Benadryl and Aloe Vera gel.

Jun 08, 2015
The worst, Hemmoroidectomy
by: Anonymous

I have the exact same rash everyone is describing only it is around my anus and between my buttocks. I am serious. I am still itching and by far the BEST thing is vasoline. Petrolium jelly soothed me and protected my skin. I would have to wipe off the area and reapply nearly 2 tablespoons, 3-4 times a day.

My surgeon said that the stiches had healed but the skin around it was weeping (sort of leaking) and that the moisture causes skin irritation. He agreed with the vasoline and suggested any baby rash ointment with zinc oxide would help as well.

Mar 07, 2015
Rash After Breast Surgery
by: Anonymous

I had breast reduction on Jan 2, 2015 and two weeks later after they removed the steri strip tape I broke out in a red, hot, rash all underneath my breast and on my stomach. I went to the surgeon and was given steroid cream. It didn't help so I went to my family doctor and was diagnosed with a yeast infection. I applied cream as directed and took seven days of Diaflucan. I returned to the doctor for a follow-up and I still had the rash, so he decided it was now a bacterial infection. He prescribed antibiotics so I took those for a week and was a little better. Two days later, I broke out again.

I have tried, medicated powder, over the counter creams, and anything that suggested it would help relieve itching. Nothing yet works. The best thing so far is Aveeno Baby Rash Cream.

Has anybody else had this problem? I am miserable and it is driving me crazy. The surgery wasn't bad but this itch is horrible. My next step is to the dermatologist.

Aug 18, 2014

I just had breast cancer surgery five days ago and two days after the surgery I broken out with rash. It's the most horrible itch I have ever had in my life. My doctor told me I couldn't use any kind of corticosteroid ointments because it will delay the healing of the surgery. I have used olive oil and it calmed down for a little while, then I applied coconut with lavender essential oil and it helped a little better, but then it comes back. I think that all of us who have had surgery and break out in a rash are allergic to iodine which the surgeon uses to prevent infections right before the surgery.

Apr 22, 2014
Skin Rash after Surgery
by: Anonymous

I am dealing with a reaction right now and I have dealt with it a few times before. I had surgery last Wednesday and started breaking out by Saturday. In spite of what my dermatologist gives me for relief, it takes about six miserable weeks to go away. Hang in there, it does come to an end. P.S. I was given steroids a few years ago to counter the reaction I was having, and it broke out twice as bad. So beware of steroids.

Nov 11, 2013
Rash After Surgery for Depuytrens
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on my right hand and the pain has not gone away. This was 2.5 weeks ago. About 1.5 weeks ago I woke up with a horrible itching and burning, and oddly enough it went away after my wife helped rub me down with soothing lotion. About five days ago the rash grew worse and spread to my core torso, arms, legs (mostly thighs)and back. I asked the doctor if this was due to infection at the surgery site. He said it would be different, it would have red streaks coming from the wound.

It has been almost three weeks and my hand still hurts. Tonight the rash and itching woke me up. I wanted to scratch my skin off, but endured it for about an hour, rubbing not scratching until I decided to shower off the cream the doctor gave me for the rash. I stayed in a cold shower rubbing with a bristle brush everywhere it itched and then running cool water over it. I feel better now, almost as if I was in a mikveh.

So, can it be that there is an infection at the wound/surgery site that is not showing but causing the itch and the rash?

Feb 20, 2013
Rash after Surgery
by: Anonymous

The same thing happened to my boyfriend. The problem was that the rash spread to me. I did some research and found it was a staph infection. That is what the rash turns into if you do not treat it right away. Also if you have ever had a staph infection inform doctors of this before getting surgery because they will treat you before operating. Staph is running rampid in hospitals so be careful to always wash your hands after encountering anyone.

Aug 14, 2012
Post Surgery RASH and HIVES
by: Anonymous

I too have suffered and endured this torture. Five years ago I had 1/4 of my kidney removed. The itch accompanied by a small bump and/or rash began shortly thereafter and lasted on and off for almost a year. Three months ago I had surgery to repair a ruptured bicep tendon. It wasn't long after that the same condition began again. The itch and rash is not limited to specific areas of my body. Depending on the severity of each reaction, the itch will start with a very small bump or just expanding redness. Ultimately many times it will result in the appearance of hives.

Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Jan 29, 2012
HELP...I need some answers
by: Kim

I have the same thing. I had surgery ten days ago and developed a rash. I thought it was the pain medicine that caused it. I was a week on steroids and the rash was a little better. NOW it is back and it is so much worse.

Dec 24, 2011
by: Denise

My husband had the EXACT same thing. He had ankle surgery and then rotator surgery within five months of each other. He developed the same exact rash after EACH surgery. After his ankle sugery, it did eventually go away but took about three months. He just had his rotator cuff surgery three days ago and has the terrible rash now. It looks like a chemical burn and even is a little "jellied" in an area under his arm and it burns.

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