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Caesarean incision bulge

Hi ef mom's,

I recently gave birth and it was a c-section. From day 1, there was no dressing for the incision or any medicine application for the scar. I feel the scar not getting dried up and there is slight bulge and redness. I revisited the hospital twice, gave blood test to check for any inflammation and doctors say there is no need to apply anything for outside scar.

Wonder if anyone faced the same issue ? For my first c section I was prescribed Betadine disinfectant antibiotic solution and the scar healed in less than 7 days.

Do we get any equivalent antibiotic solution here in Switzerland ?
Has anyone tried anything in similar situations ?

Thanks everyone for your time and appreciate any information. Thank you !!
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Old 02.09.2015, 12:11
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Re: Caesarean incision bulge

If you really feel the need, then you can buy some betadine over the counter.

My wife had 4 c-sections. Each one took a little longer to heal than the last, possibly due to a combination of factors, including age and, importantly, the presence of more children and the surgeon. On this point, the surgeon may have been worse than the last and not created such a clean cut and suture when closing the wound.

There are plenty of people who ascribe to essential oils to help the healing process, but my hunch is that the physical massaging is as important as the oil used, as this in itself promotes good blood flow to help clear the by-products of inflammation and wound healing.

Just try to remember that you've had major surgery.

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Re: Caesarean incision bulge

Mine was huge it seemed to me and took ages to go away. As long as there is no inflammation I was told just to be patient and just leave it be. I just made sure I wore loose-fitting, comfortable clothing as not to irritate it.

I think the previous poster might be right, second time around it just might take longer.

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Re: Caesarean incision bulge

Congratulations on your new baby!


My incision felt huge, and looked red, and felt like it was taking forever for the swelling to go away too. I think it's normal. As someone else said a C-section is major surgery, not a paper cut!! Be good to your body and give it plenty of time to heal.

Betadine or another disinfectant will only help prevent it from becoming infected, not make it heal faster or change the appearance of the scar. Just keep the area clean, give it as much fresh air as you can (easier said than done with a newborn to cuddle, I know!!) and try to be patient. If it gets itchy you can rub it with some almond oil.
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Re: Caesarean incision bulge

Hey,
What you can do is to use betadine solution (you have to dilute it 1:10) and you can put it on your wound a few times a day using a cotton pad. If you prefer a cream on your wound you can buy Flamazine over the counter.
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Hi ef mom's,

I recently gave birth and it was a c-section. From day 1, there was no dressing for the incision or any medicine application for the scar. I feel the scar not getting dried up and there is slight bulge and redness. I revisited the hospital twice, gave blood test to check for any inflammation and doctors say there is no need to apply anything for outside scar.

Wonder if anyone faced the same issue ? For my first c section I was prescribed Betadine disinfectant antibiotic solution and the scar healed in less than 7 days.

Do we get any equivalent antibiotic solution here in Switzerland ?
Has anyone tried anything in similar situations ?

Thanks everyone for your time and appreciate any information. Thank you !!
You know that if there is no bacterial infection, antibiotics are useless?

As for scarring/bulge reduction (on burns etc.), Contractubex cream (can be had OTC) has proven to be very effective. It doesn't burn and is clear. Worth every penny of its slightly expensive price (you can ask your doc to give you a prescription for it if you want to).

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Re: Caesarean incision bulge

Thank you all for such detailed and valuable suggestions. I never thought 2nd section would take longer than first. So i feel relieved by the suggestions and experiences shared. There is no inflammation as per my previous blood test. I would patiently wait for my body to heal by itself though i get tempted to try the antibiotic solutions for outer application. Thanks again all !!
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Re: Caesarean incision bulge

When I had my first baby, they told us to put antiseptic/alcohol solution on the umbilical cord/belly button, when I had my second baby, they changed advice and told me that they had done research that showed it healed better with less cracking and infection without the antiseptic liquid...

It may simply be the advice had changed.

Either way, I had endoscopy / surgery scars from having ovarian surgery and they recommended plenty of fresh air and a little direct sunshine...without getting sunburnt, to help with scarring.

My mum had 3 c-sections, then went for a tummy tuck when she decided to have her tubes tied... She had a great surgeon who took out all three c-section scars and left her with a small incision wound under her bikini line, and got rid of all the extra stretched skin...she was extremely happy with the result...
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