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Why is my C-section scar oozing?

Why is my C-section scar oozing?

Wound (abdominal) abscess Infection at the site of the surgical incision leads to redness, tenderness, and swelling along the edges of the incision. Pus collects in a tissue cavity caused by the bacterial infection. Most wound abscesses also ooze pus from the incision.

How long does C-section drainage last?

This substance is known as lochia. You may experience lochia for up to six weeks, but the color and amount of the lochia will diminish with time. You may also experience pink or watery discharge from your incision following a C-section.

Should my C-section incision smell?

In rare cases, a cesarean incision will get infected. Signs of infection include redness, increased swelling or pain, foul odor or discharge, watery discharge, bloody discharge, separation of the scar, achiness, fever, or chills. An abscess can form if left untreated. It is important to call your doctor with concerns.

What kind of discharge is normal after C-section?

After delivery, you’ll begin to shed the superficial mucous membrane that lined your uterus during pregnancy. You’ll have vaginal discharge made up of this membrane and blood for weeks. This discharge will be red and heavy for the first few days.

Is my c-section healing properly?

Most times, the area heals properly without any issues. Still, even if you do everything right, you might experience complications while you’re healing. In rare cases, your C-section incision might open (or reopen). In medical terms, this is called C-section dehiscence.

Does a smelly wound mean infection?

Wounds that have a Foul Smell If a wound continues to emit an unpleasant odor, even with proper cleaning and care, there may be cause for concern. While any wound can be accompanied by a smell, most individuals can recognize one that is overly strong or just isn’t quite right and may be a sign of infection.

What does infected lochia smell like?

Defining Lochia Lochia typically smells similar to a menstrual period and may smell slightly metallic, stale, or musty. It shouldn’t smell foul.