Help!!! My incision where they preformed my emergency Colectomy is driving me crazy! It is so itchy and I'm doing everything I can to keep from scratching it to death. Does anyone know how I can deal with this?? Is there anything that would work good to kill the itch? I will be grateful for any suggestions!
Don't laugh, but one of the things I did was put a large band-aid over the itchiest spot as close to the stoma as I could - just one more layer between my fingers and the itch! My stoma itched like crazy, and there was nothing I could put on it that wouldn't make the wafer not stick to my skin! The incision about an inch away, I also put a big band-aid over and also used a little cortizone cream on to help stop the itch.
Hello Freedancer. I found that HC45 cream helped a bit (not a lot - but a bit!) I understand that the itching is part of the healing process but that doesn't help when the urge is to scratch it until it bleeds. By the way, that won't stop it itching either. The suggestion of covering it up so that you can't get to it is a good one as at least you will minimise the damage that you can do by scratching.
I used Basil essential oil... it took away the itch and helped healing (I used a very pure oil so it soaked in and didn't leave an oily residue). Now, I know ~ standard disclaimer... this is only MY experience!! I was very careful to rinse around the stoma area so the wafer was able to stick and whatnot.
Thanks!! I have that oil and I will try it right away!