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please bare with me....this is a longer post.....

i have an important question!!???

since i am not yet a nurse, nor have i officially started nursing classes yet.

okay, i had a lower body lift last december, which is basically a tummy tuck all the way around your entire body.

well, my incision area where the tape only was in contact with the skin.... blistered up, just like a 3rd degree burn.

thank god, i noticed it when i did, as the glue had eaten 2 large (2 silver dollar size on each incision). i pulled it off, and had to baby it with special ointment.

so, yesterday,in tijuana, same doc who did my body lift, did my breast lift/augmentation and my scar revision where it had just healed a little wider.

thank god when i woke right up after surgery yesterday. i felt it itching and burning, just before it got bad, and pulled it off, and used just plain paper tape yesterday with the nurse....as paper tape has never hurt before.

now 24 hrs post op, my incision hurt like crazy bad, so i pulled off all the tape, only 2 small strips about 10" long, and 8" long of tape....not where he did the scar revision, but further down/around the incisions.

it was bubbled up where the glue had hit. it was only paper tape!!! so, its about 3 layers of skin thick, in a perfect little circle, just like last december.

i have been on antibiotics for 2.5 days, keflex, and i have some triple antibiotic ointment as well.

i am thinking to let it air dry first, but should i put anything over this incision, triple antibiotic ointment with a plain dressing that has no glue??

my doctor is in mexico, so i cannot reach him until monday.

any suggestions? the incision is fine, a little bit bled, and 1 small spot (size of a quarter) i am not worried about infection, its not infected....but cannot decide if i should put anything on it or not?? it hits right where my panties are...slightly above it?

thank you

deb!

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Myxel67 has 15 years experience and specializes in Diabetes ED, (CDE), CCU, Pulmonary/HIV.

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I don't think you're supposed to ask for medical advice, so a moderator will probably close your thread. Don't even use paper tape anymore. Ask for Hypafix.

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I don't think you're supposed to ask for medical advice, so a moderator will probably close your thread. Don't even use paper tape anymore. Ask for Hypafix.

Oh, I bet you are right. I didn't think of that. Oh well. I am thinking to just let it air dry anyway....and I already emailed my surgeon, just not sure if he will check his email tonight, but usually he is very good about getting back to me.

Oh well, thanks anyway!! If they close it, they close it. :)

Blessings!

Deb

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I don't think you're supposed to ask for medical advice, so a moderator will probably close your thread. Don't even use paper tape anymore. Ask for Hypafix.

What is Hypafix? Is that like 2nd skin?? I have some of that, but it is the silicone stuff, but the doc said last time not to use that until it was completely closed over.

Funny how my body reacts to the glue?? I would feel fine except now for that!!!:idea:

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crissrn27 has 8 years experience as a RN and specializes in nursery, L and D.

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My whole family has reactions like this to almost all adhesives. It does seem to be more common than I thought. Even paper tape will cause tearing/blistering. I would usually use ace wraps to hold bandages in place if I have to have one.

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ya know, i just laid some plain sterile gauze on top of some triple antibiotic ointment, and pulled my underwear over it, to hold it in place. i told them that i knew i was allergic to the thick, kind since then, but right after surgery, when i woke up in recovery, i could tell i was burning!!! it hurt so bloody bad, like fire!!! :angryfire so, the nurse pulled off the offending bandage, and it was already red, and it had been just a few minutes from when they put it on. so, we then used paper tape, and i kept that on for 24hrs.....dumb me, it really was hurting again, burning, so low and behold, it had bubbled up, blistered....over my old incision...he only had to do a revision on part of my incision in the front (i had a lower body lift in december, all the way around my body!) and he will do a revision on my back side of my scar above my buttocks because that area is sooo tight, and thin. he said just sitting up, or leaning over, will causes enough tension to pull it apart, so he said he would do it when i go back in for my thigh lift next year.

i had gastric bypass back in aug 05, and i have lost right at 150lbs, and i have been slowly getting my plastic surgery as i can. i just got my boobs done, lifted and augmented, and he lipoed a little on my upper abs and did the scar revision.

i love, love my surgeon!!

if anyone would like to read about my surgeon, and my story, and befores and afters you can go to :

here is my webpage on obesity help. if anyone has a patient who wants to learn more about gastric bypass or other types of weight loss surgery, and it even has an area for those who do not want weight loss surgery, refer them to: www.obesityhelp.com

here is my page, and if you scroll to the very bottom of my page, you can see the password to view my pics on my picturetrail. please do not share my photos....they are personal, but i have come so far, nothing embarasses me any longer.

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thanks!!! i hope this helps someone!! :)

deb

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As mentioned above, we cannot offer medical advice here. You need to be in contact with a medical provider as soon as possible. Allergic reactions to something are not to be taken lightly.

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As mentioned above, we cannot offer medical advice here. You need to be in contact with a medical provider as soon as possible. Allergic reactions to something are not to be taken lightly.

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Thanks, I figured that out after the fact :) I have not asked anyone anything else. If you noticed on my 1st post after someone told me that, I did not know...and half expected them to pull this post :)

I did, and my doc said its the same as last time, just an allergic reaction to the glue in the adhesive, so I got rid of it, and now I only use plain dressings with antibiotic ointment with no adhesive material of any kind :)

Thanks!

Deb

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