Steri strips

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Registered: 04-04-2003
Steri strips
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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 9:09pm
For those of you that had steri strips on your incision - how long before they come off? The doc said two weeks but it's been four now and mine seem to be permanently attached. I can't imagine peeling them off of such a new scar - peeling something sticky off of regular skin is painful enough.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Tammy

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: twittig
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 7:08am
By around 2 weeks or so, I noticed that the edges had begun to curl up a little. The nurse told me that when that started, I could peel them off in the shower. If it's been 4 weeks, you can definately take them off. Get the nice and moist in the shower and peel them off gently - they don't really pull much.

Melissa, Evan (Feb 08/02) and Baby (edd Dec 1st)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: twittig
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 9:38am
Mine stayed on until my postpartum checkup...for some reason I think I had a 2 week as well as a 6 week but I could just be remembering wrong :-) I *do* remember my midwife taking them off for me because I wasn't brave enough to do it on my own. They definitely didn't fall off on their own like they said they would. I agree that you can take them off on your own...in the shower would be the best place probably. Maybe one a day, take it slow if that helps :-)

Take care,

Hillary, DD 6/22/00, DD #2 EDD 7/8/03

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Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: twittig
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 2:07pm
For my 2nd cs, mine were on for about 3 weeks. I purposely kept them on longer and I think my incision healed much better. It also looks a lot better. My first cs, the nurse took them off after a week and I had lots of problems getting healed. My opinion--if they aren't bothering you, keep them on.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: twittig
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 5:30pm
With my first c-section, mine stayed on for a while. As they peeled, I cut off the part that didn't stick. My OB also told me to use lotion to help pull them off. My OB removed mine at the 2 week appt. with my 2nd c-section. Don't worry, they won't stay on forever, and you scar may look better because of it! :)