After my last section, I remember being unbearably itchy under the blowy up leg things. I actually had to ask a HCA to give my legs a rough wash with a cool flannel it was so bad.
Would shaving my legs make it worse or better? I don't tend to bother all that often in general, but I do have one of those venus razors with the purple bits that release shaving gel stuff for my underarms.
Any tips for preventing the itchyness? I am a generally itchy and rashy person anyway.
I wonder if that's the same as what I had, I think it's more neurological ie as the sensation returns to your lower body it fires off all sorts of sensations. I'm not sure shaving will make any difference. Can't do any harm to try but I wouldn't hold my breath. Do you think the surgical stockings made it worse? Perhaps you buy some of your own and try them out beforehand and find some that don't itch too much and then ask if you can use those ones. I don't know if surgical stockings vary but perhaps there are some hypoallergenic ones.
If you are itchy and rashy person, then shaving will itch (quick regrowth and irritated skin), so I would guess it will be worse unless it is so bad you can't actually feel the difference. I had cotton/elastic stocking last time, and don't remember any itching. I had depilated few weeks before though so no long hair to pull either.
How odd, I've never heard of inflating surgical stockings. Perhaps you could ask the hospital if you could have the traditional fabric ones this time.
Otherwise, could waxing be a better solution? Much less itchy stubbly regrowth. I find although initially (for about two hours) my legs are prickly and itchy after waxing, ultimately they itch much less during the regrowth period.
I'm sure I read somewhere (tho I've never been able to find it again) that you can ask to have an antihistamine to reduce the itching - my back itched terribly and somehow because of the spinal I could feel the itching but not how hard I was scratching so ended up with big scratches all over my back. Might be worth asking.
Don't think it's a skin itch. I itched like buggery. Was told there was something I could take to make it stop, but had side-effects. Wish I'd taken it though, as I then heard of others who had with no ill affects at all. Can't remember if legs were shaved or not, think it's highly unlikely given the size I was!
I saw a consultant today and she looked at one of my many rashes (on my bump) and asked if I knew what it was. I said no and she shrugged. Possibly exema or psorisis she suggested. I baffle medical science! Admittedly she was a maternity doctor, not a skin doctor, but still I feel oddly proud
(Bit off topic, but, like I say, I am a rashy person!)