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Old 03-23-2011, 09:49 AM   #1
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Question Am I having an allergic reaction to my bras?

I am one month and one week post op and have started wearing underwires again the last two weeks per my PS instructions. Just this week I have been really ichy all over the tops and sides of my breast and on the front of my cheast. I notice that it looks almost as if I am breaking out (a lot of redness).
In the shower all I want to do is scratch and my breast but resist. However, my incisions are completely fine, no issues or irritaion there thankfully.
Has anyone else experienced something like this post BA? This is my second day with the problem. I am even wearing a different bra. Could it cause CC?
Any experience or advice on how to stop this is appreciated as I am getting scared.
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If it is a new bra, I would suggest handwashing it and see if that helps (could be the dye in the bra, however this is very unlikely if you have never experienced this before with new clothes) It sounds to me like you are experiencing a normal part of the healing process. I too went though this experience at about a month post op, then it would come again 2 weeks later and so on. Each time, I would also notice a significant change in my breast shape and size due to the D&F process as well as healing that was going on. HTH! keep us posted doll!
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I remember that I used to be really itchy and would scratch and get scratch marks! It could just be due to the fact that your skin has been streched out and it being irritated. I see that youre a month post-op. You were used to not wearing a bra for so long at PO and then you started wearing them and its probably irritating the area since a) youre not used to it and b) your skin is now stretched. HTH
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I agree with these ladies I think you're experiencing normal healing. It happens when you're pregnant too--as your skin gets stretched more with pregnancy, your belly starts to itch like crazy!! Try using some body cream or oil on your breasts, it may ease up the itching a little bit. HTH!
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Thank you all so much for your responses. I went from freaking out thinking my boobs were rejecting the implants to, ok maybe this is a normal thing. And every time I freak out, my rash gets worse

*pAnache* your right, I have never had a reaction to new bras before so I think it may be the same thing you went through. I did hand wash all my bras tonight....just in case Thanks!

I am already using a good moisturizer. Has anyone ever taken Benadryl to help with the itching?
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Thank you all so much for your responses. I went from freaking out thinking my boobs were rejecting the implants to, ok maybe this is a normal thing. And every time I freak out, my rash gets worse

*pAnache* your right, I have never had a reaction to new bras before so I think it may be the same thing you went through. I did hand wash all my bras tonight....just in case Thanks!

I am already using a good moisturizer. Has anyone ever taken Benadryl to help with the itching?
No prob lady! Yeees, I almost forgot about Benadryl. I took Benadryl early post-op to help with the itch that came from healing, however, when I went back to work I switched to Claritin because it is non-drowsy. They both helped out a lot! HTH!
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My skin was very itchy and red when they removed the tape and bandages from me. (I was in tape and bandages for a whole week after my BA). The nurse told me to use some cortisone cream so I went out and bought Cortizone-10 cream , I got it from a drug store, CVS. That really helped! My breasts were also very itchy from time to time from the skin stretching too!
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i would think the bra must be irritating you. i dont think it would increase your risk for cc. and it doesn't sound like a precursor to stretch marks like you asked in another post. it must be the bra! i never had this happen, hope it gets over with soon! must be annoying!
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Today was day 3 of the rash and now it was worse, especially after my shower. It just became less pimple like and more blotchy and connected. My whole upper chest, top, and inner part of boobs were just glowing red!

I called the PS on the way to work. He personally took the call (he just does consults on Thursdays). He considered the all the info and took time to look over my history. He said specifically THIS IS NOT NORMAL and I did the right thing by calling.

He pointed out some key factors; I am allergic to Penicillin (rash), many pain killers (rash), and have sensitive skin. He concluded I had a very rare allergic reaction to the Iodine cleaner they used Pre-Op.

He said it can show weeks even 2 months later, go away, and come back. After my surgery I looked like an orange Popsicle (see my progression pics) they told me to get it all off when we got home and hubby did his best to hand wash me but only mom finally got most of it off 3 days later (the parts covered by my bandage, the parts now rashed).

He said that Iodine can be nasty and stays in your system a while if you don't wash it off right away. He said when your skin stretches more as for D&F, rarely, the normal irritation develops into a sever rash.

He Immediately subscribed 6 days of heavy steroids. I had to take 6 pills this morning and MAN it is like drinking 10 cups of coffee! He said no worries about cc and this stuff will actually help reduce the chance anyways as it suppresses your bodies immune system from attacking itself.

WHAT A RELIEF! I should be showing progress by tomorrow evening <3

I will try to post a public pic tonight to help those possibly in my situation! Thanks for all the help everyone

Lesson: Make sure you have someone get ALL the post op stuff OFF YOU after surgery! My hubby feels bad
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I developed a rash I believe around 3 weeks post-op. I was prescribed heavy steroids twice. Both times they helped, and the rash would show signs of improvement then the last day of the pill pack (both times) the rash came back. I still don't know what caused the rash unfortunately, and it comes, and goes still. But, the one thing that helps a lot is this Aveeno calamine, & pramoxine cream I found at Target. It soothes the rash, and eases the itchiness more than anything else I've tried. I hope your rash goes away ! It's a pain in the ass, especially when you want to enjoy your new boobies!! HTH
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Rash problems

Thank you for keeping us posted. I've had rash problems but not so badly as yours. My rashes, which range from mild red blotching to VERY itchy red welts around my face, breasts, pubic area, arms, and legs. But my rashes are related to my body temperature. I get rashes when I exercise which I do daily. But before I had my BA surgeries, I did not have them. Thankfully the rashes aren't so bad usually for me. Hope you get better.
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Oh my goodness, I am so glad you called your PS and are getting it taken care of! Thanks for sharing and keeping us updated. I hope you feel better soon.
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Hope the steroids help and that the rash goes away completely! Sounds like a pain and it is good that you let your PS know right away!
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wow, who would have known you can develop a reaction to things used in surgery months afterwards! way to go for calling your PS and getting it sorted out. hope the steroids help and you get better soon
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Apparently I had an allergic reaction to the glue they used. I broke out and they perscribed me a steriod that I am supposed to start to night. You can see it in my most recent pics on my album. It was itchy, red, and left bumps everywhere around my breast.
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Well thanks for all the support girls. My intent was really to get girls aware of this post op weird stuff and to let people know it is OK to call you PS if you are worried about ANYTHING.

Today was day 2 on the steroids and as predicted by my PS...the rash is nearly gone which means NO SILICONE ALLERGY! It was the Iodine whew!

Anyone taking steroids should be aware that they can cause some weird side effects...I got:

-excessive sweating YUCK!
-mood swings (poor hubby)
-Migraines at night when they start to wear off, very unexpected so take Tylenol before bed as a precaution.
-worst of all I can't sleep, very restless. Try and take in the early AM.

HTH

Mandy71...thanks for sharing. I'm sorry you are suffering from this now even if it is a little annoyance. I am surprised this is so common...
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and.......IT'S BACK! I woke up this morning after being clear for one week and a few days and it's back? I am no longer on steroids. What is going on here?
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and.......IT'S BACK! I woke up this morning after being clear for one week and a few days and it's back? I am no longer on steroids. What is going on here?
Crazy, isn't it ? Definitely call your PS in the a.m. Hopefully he'll be able to help you more than my PS has (who insists he's never seen anything like it, and doesn't know what it is). I'm over 3 months post-op, and have the rash again. It's beyond frustrating. The sad part is I'm used to it now. Im sorry to hear you're going through this, and I hope your PS is able to help you get rid of this horrid rash.
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So sorry to hear its back! How frustrating! Do you think it could still be the iodine? Perhaps it would help to take an antihistamine like Zyrtec. When I was younger I used to break out in rashes a lot and was prescribed steroids and antihistamines, like zyrtec and I found the zyrtec helped the most. Definitely call your PS asap!
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I am doing the same thing but I am only itching when I wear my push up bras any other bra it doesnt do that.....but when I put on a push up it itches like crazy idk
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