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blister near my incision

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    Hikeratheart
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      Hi,

      I have a wide re- excision July 1st. Having 17 stitches (breslows 4.5) and so relieved it did not spread to my.lymph nodes. I am healing well, but in the past few days noticed a few small blisters and one larger red like pimple near the site. My susurgeon said I had good clean margins.
      I see my dema next week. Could something new show up this quickly?

      Scared in Milwaukee ……thanks for any insight

      KathyMcC

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        beans920
        Participant

          I have had similiar blisters appear weeks after surgery in my axillary area. (arm pit).  Also had one appear next to a mole on my left shoulder which turned out to be melanoma.  They both looked like a blister or small bubble and did show up on my pet scan.  If it looks wrong or suspicious get it checked asap.  This is some tough stuff.  If you are in Milwaukee I am northwest of you 50 miles.  Good luck,  Dennis

            Hikeratheart
            Participant
              Hi Dennis. .I feel like crying. I jystnphobed my dema’s office and described to the nurse my blister / pimple. She said, ” Oh go back to your surgeon!” I said the stitches gave been out for weeks! And the response was ” oh no it won’t show up as a blister .or pimple” I have 2 primaries and am getting so much conflicting info! Have you seen a Mel specialist? I have not, and have a feeling some of these good drs don’t have a clue. I will probably have to pay out of pocket for a good specialist, but feel it will be worth.it for piece of mind.
              kathy
              Thanks for the help
              ldub
              Participant

                Is it possible that your some of your second layer of stitches have worked their way through your skin?  I have heard of dissolvable stitches doing that and others have posted about it on this site.  Hope it is a false alarm.

                Hikeratheart
                Participant
                  Thank you, that could be. I had my stitches out july 12th. It was well, all healed up. Do you mean I had disposable stiches under those? I’ve been putting on vitamin E ointment. …and the doc said it could be a reaction. ..maybe getting myself all worked over nothing…but.better safe than sorry
                  thanks and please know I appreciate this forum so very much much! ♡ K M
                  ldub
                  Participant

                    Yes – Most people with WLEs have two layers of stitches – depends how deep they had to go down into the tissue and how much they had to remove.  Mine was two layers of repair  with dissolvable stitches under the skin even with a surface lesion.  Sometimes the dissolvable stitches migrate upward prior to them fully dissolving and more than a few people on this board have mentioned how terrifying it is to see a new "lesion" develop near their scar and then it turns out to be just that. Of course you have to be super cautious and get checked out but this can't be excluded as a possibility.

                    stars
                    Participant

                      I've had this issue with disposable stitches with all three wles. However, it did not present as blister or pimple-like thing near the scar. In each case, the stitch protruded from the scar itself, not nearby. If I ran my finger over the scar it was either spiky (if stitch was cut) or smooth (if stitch uncut). I could pretty much grab the stitch with tweezers… They look and feel like thin fishing line. The wounds did not close properly until I had the dr stretch/cut the internal  stitch so it bounced back under my skin. Once that was done, the wound healed.

                      stars
                      Participant

                        Sorry, I meant to add: it could well be a reaction to vit E cream. Vitamin E is on the out as it actually been linked with cancer when taken orally (not proven, but suspect). The amount in creams is probably minimal but I woukd stop with vit E, my derm recommends vaselien for scar prevention. Vit E can cause dermatitis

                         

                        http://www.dermweb.com/skintherapy/stl0103.html

                        stars
                        Participant

                          Sorry, I meant to add: it could well be a reaction to vit E cream. Vitamin E is on the out as it actually been linked with cancer when taken orally (not proven, but suspect). The amount in creams is probably minimal but I woukd stop with vit E, my derm recommends vaselien for scar prevention. Vit E can cause dermatitis

                           

                          http://www.dermweb.com/skintherapy/stl0103.html

                          stars
                          Participant

                            Sorry, I meant to add: it could well be a reaction to vit E cream. Vitamin E is on the out as it actually been linked with cancer when taken orally (not proven, but suspect). The amount in creams is probably minimal but I woukd stop with vit E, my derm recommends vaselien for scar prevention. Vit E can cause dermatitis

                             

                            http://www.dermweb.com/skintherapy/stl0103.html

                            stars
                            Participant

                              I've had this issue with disposable stitches with all three wles. However, it did not present as blister or pimple-like thing near the scar. In each case, the stitch protruded from the scar itself, not nearby. If I ran my finger over the scar it was either spiky (if stitch was cut) or smooth (if stitch uncut). I could pretty much grab the stitch with tweezers… They look and feel like thin fishing line. The wounds did not close properly until I had the dr stretch/cut the internal  stitch so it bounced back under my skin. Once that was done, the wound healed.

                              stars
                              Participant

                                I've had this issue with disposable stitches with all three wles. However, it did not present as blister or pimple-like thing near the scar. In each case, the stitch protruded from the scar itself, not nearby. If I ran my finger over the scar it was either spiky (if stitch was cut) or smooth (if stitch uncut). I could pretty much grab the stitch with tweezers… They look and feel like thin fishing line. The wounds did not close properly until I had the dr stretch/cut the internal  stitch so it bounced back under my skin. Once that was done, the wound healed.

                                ldub
                                Participant

                                  Yes – Most people with WLEs have two layers of stitches – depends how deep they had to go down into the tissue and how much they had to remove.  Mine was two layers of repair  with dissolvable stitches under the skin even with a surface lesion.  Sometimes the dissolvable stitches migrate upward prior to them fully dissolving and more than a few people on this board have mentioned how terrifying it is to see a new "lesion" develop near their scar and then it turns out to be just that. Of course you have to be super cautious and get checked out but this can't be excluded as a possibility.

                                  ldub
                                  Participant

                                    Yes – Most people with WLEs have two layers of stitches – depends how deep they had to go down into the tissue and how much they had to remove.  Mine was two layers of repair  with dissolvable stitches under the skin even with a surface lesion.  Sometimes the dissolvable stitches migrate upward prior to them fully dissolving and more than a few people on this board have mentioned how terrifying it is to see a new "lesion" develop near their scar and then it turns out to be just that. Of course you have to be super cautious and get checked out but this can't be excluded as a possibility.

                                    Hikeratheart
                                    Participant
                                      Thank you, that could be. I had my stitches out july 12th. It was well, all healed up. Do you mean I had disposable stiches under those? I’ve been putting on vitamin E ointment. …and the doc said it could be a reaction. ..maybe getting myself all worked over nothing…but.better safe than sorry
                                      thanks and please know I appreciate this forum so very much much! ♡ K M
                                      Hikeratheart
                                      Participant
                                        Thank you, that could be. I had my stitches out july 12th. It was well, all healed up. Do you mean I had disposable stiches under those? I’ve been putting on vitamin E ointment. …and the doc said it could be a reaction. ..maybe getting myself all worked over nothing…but.better safe than sorry
                                        thanks and please know I appreciate this forum so very much much! ♡ K M
                                        ldub
                                        Participant

                                          Is it possible that your some of your second layer of stitches have worked their way through your skin?  I have heard of dissolvable stitches doing that and others have posted about it on this site.  Hope it is a false alarm.

                                          ldub
                                          Participant

                                            Is it possible that your some of your second layer of stitches have worked their way through your skin?  I have heard of dissolvable stitches doing that and others have posted about it on this site.  Hope it is a false alarm.

                                            beans920
                                            Participant

                                              I used local specialists first but when they told me interferon was the way to go I asked the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion.  Mayos oncologists see more melanoma cases  in a week than these locals will see in a lifetime.  My locals were affiliated with Froedhert but still didn't have a clue.  Get checked by a melanoma specialist.  Madison University Hospital Carbone Cancer Clinic may have some people with more experience if you want to stay in state.  Stay positive.   Dennis

                                              Hikeratheart
                                              Participant
                                                Thanks everyone, I’m trying to be on top of this, vigilant, not paranoid! It’s a fine line we walk! .no more vit E, and I’m calling the Madison. U for an appt.
                                                So Dennis, Wheaton Franciscan health in MKE, said they have a mel specialist, Jonathan Treisman, I think they still do interferon which makes me leary to persue a second option there anyway. Thank you everyone! You do a great service! Kathy McC
                                                Hikeratheart
                                                Participant
                                                  Thanks everyone, I’m trying to be on top of this, vigilant, not paranoid! It’s a fine line we walk! .no more vit E, and I’m calling the Madison. U for an appt.
                                                  So Dennis, Wheaton Franciscan health in MKE, said they have a mel specialist, Jonathan Treisman, I think they still do interferon which makes me leary to persue a second option there anyway. Thank you everyone! You do a great service! Kathy McC
                                                  Hikeratheart
                                                  Participant
                                                    Thanks everyone, I’m trying to be on top of this, vigilant, not paranoid! It’s a fine line we walk! .no more vit E, and I’m calling the Madison. U for an appt.
                                                    So Dennis, Wheaton Franciscan health in MKE, said they have a mel specialist, Jonathan Treisman, I think they still do interferon which makes me leary to persue a second option there anyway. Thank you everyone! You do a great service! Kathy McC
                                                    beans920
                                                    Participant

                                                      I used local specialists first but when they told me interferon was the way to go I asked the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion.  Mayos oncologists see more melanoma cases  in a week than these locals will see in a lifetime.  My locals were affiliated with Froedhert but still didn't have a clue.  Get checked by a melanoma specialist.  Madison University Hospital Carbone Cancer Clinic may have some people with more experience if you want to stay in state.  Stay positive.   Dennis

                                                      beans920
                                                      Participant

                                                        I used local specialists first but when they told me interferon was the way to go I asked the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion.  Mayos oncologists see more melanoma cases  in a week than these locals will see in a lifetime.  My locals were affiliated with Froedhert but still didn't have a clue.  Get checked by a melanoma specialist.  Madison University Hospital Carbone Cancer Clinic may have some people with more experience if you want to stay in state.  Stay positive.   Dennis

                                                        Hikeratheart
                                                        Participant
                                                          Hi Dennis. .I feel like crying. I jystnphobed my dema’s office and described to the nurse my blister / pimple. She said, ” Oh go back to your surgeon!” I said the stitches gave been out for weeks! And the response was ” oh no it won’t show up as a blister .or pimple” I have 2 primaries and am getting so much conflicting info! Have you seen a Mel specialist? I have not, and have a feeling some of these good drs don’t have a clue. I will probably have to pay out of pocket for a good specialist, but feel it will be worth.it for piece of mind.
                                                          kathy
                                                          Thanks for the help
                                                          Hikeratheart
                                                          Participant
                                                            Hi Dennis. .I feel like crying. I jystnphobed my dema’s office and described to the nurse my blister / pimple. She said, ” Oh go back to your surgeon!” I said the stitches gave been out for weeks! And the response was ” oh no it won’t show up as a blister .or pimple” I have 2 primaries and am getting so much conflicting info! Have you seen a Mel specialist? I have not, and have a feeling some of these good drs don’t have a clue. I will probably have to pay out of pocket for a good specialist, but feel it will be worth.it for piece of mind.
                                                            kathy
                                                            Thanks for the help
                                                          beans920
                                                          Participant

                                                            I have had similiar blisters appear weeks after surgery in my axillary area. (arm pit).  Also had one appear next to a mole on my left shoulder which turned out to be melanoma.  They both looked like a blister or small bubble and did show up on my pet scan.  If it looks wrong or suspicious get it checked asap.  This is some tough stuff.  If you are in Milwaukee I am northwest of you 50 miles.  Good luck,  Dennis

                                                            beans920
                                                            Participant

                                                              I have had similiar blisters appear weeks after surgery in my axillary area. (arm pit).  Also had one appear next to a mole on my left shoulder which turned out to be melanoma.  They both looked like a blister or small bubble and did show up on my pet scan.  If it looks wrong or suspicious get it checked asap.  This is some tough stuff.  If you are in Milwaukee I am northwest of you 50 miles.  Good luck,  Dennis

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