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Allergy like spots around the surgical area
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ekenah posted:
My husband had open surgery on his ankle when he broke it. After the surgery we notice red spots by the surgical area and my husband says sometimes they are itchy. I put some topical ointment but they keep appearing. I tell my husband to go back to the surgeon and ask about it as I suspect that they may have left some piece of surgical materials inside that is causing the allergy like spots in the the surgical area.
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Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
This rash may represent several things: inflammation brought on by the surgery, irritation/ allergy if an implant was used, or as you are concerned about, a foreign body reaction. I would suggest seeing your surgeon for advice and perhaps even asking the surgeon if he/she thinks a dermatologist may be able to help.

Good luck to you and your husband
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
www.TareenDermatology.com