Steri Strip Adhesive Reaction/Irritation
on 9/16/09 12:49 pm
When I went to the vascular surgeon, the attending that was in the surgery identified the reaction because he administered the medicine with a roller which left the perfect rectangle shapes over the incision areas. I also had one place where the solution ran down my leg and it left a long line to the back of my leg.
Don't ignore it... call your doctor.
I think I'm going to take the others off tonight. Was worried it wasn't long enough to heal yet, but the first incision is completely closed and looks fine...
I had 5 incisions that were driving me nuts. All of them were broken out from the steristrips - they were so red, almost purple the exact shape of the strips. I had to take them off early because I couldn't take the itching anymore. I tried everything to stop the itching. It kept me up at night - I was besides myself. I was taking antihistamines every 4 hours and putting benedryl cream on them plus cornstarch with very little success. Finally I went to my allergist who said he thought it was a combination of a slight infection along with an allergic reaction. He had me put on Bactroban ointment (prescription bacitracin) and a very strong cortisone cream. After a week, it finally cleared up. It was a nightmare.
Thanks for all of your insight!
Thankfully it's healed, just some dryness left which I put cream on daily.