• Staples removed 4 days ago. Scar is scabby and dry. Doc said leave it alone, but I feel like I need to put something on it. Any suggestions?

    Asked by mom3b1g1969 on Monday, May 28, 2012

    Staples removed 4 days ago. Scar is scabby and dry. Doc said leave it alone, but I feel like I need to put something on it. Any suggestions?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      It may not feel or look great, but scabby and dry are good things for scars. It means they are healing well. But softening the scabs with lotion or soaking in a tub could actually delay healing at best or reopen wounds or cause infection. I would ask the surgeon again once the scabs have starting healing. At that point, some lotion or cream to hydrate the skin would probably be ok, but there could be some restrictions in the type of cream used.

      almost 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      Do exactly as the doc suggests... You also don't want to risk introducing some kind of bacterium that could cause an infection....

      almost 5 years ago
    • mom3b1g1969's Avatar
      mom3b1g1969

      Thank you ladies

      almost 5 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar
      cranburymom

      I placed scaraway (kinda expensive tape). I asked my surgeon though. She gave me extra tapes she had. My understanding is that it will prevent skin from forming scar tissues. You may want to give a quick call to a nurse @ your surgion's office.
      Good luck!!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar
      MarnieC

      I used a therapeutic grade lavender essential oil - it helps with the healing process, helps with the itch, helps with scarring, and is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. I healed up quickly and I hope you do too!

      almost 5 years ago

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