How to Identify C-Section Infections

how to identify c-section infectionsDo you think you may have a C-Section infection?

It’s not uncommon, in fact one in ten C-Sections result in an infection.

First of all if you suspect you have an infection, don’t’ panic!

Most infections can be eliminated quickly if they are caught in time. That means your  job is to try to determine if you have an infection and then take prompt action.

There are a number of areas that can become infected after having a C-Section. Your incision is probably one of the most common areas for infection, but there are other infections such as internal infections that can crop up too.

We’ll cover them all here and help you identify whether or not you truly have an infection and what you can do, or whether you’re simply experiencing something that’s part of the healing process.

Identifying C-Section Infections

C-Section Incision Infection

An infection on or around your incision can produce swelling, redness or fluid oozing from the incision. The fluid could be blood if you have reopened your incision in some way but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have an infection.

If your incision does break open follow careful C-Section incision care so you don’t end up with an infection.

If the incision and surrounding area is red, warm to the touch and very sore or has a green or white pus oozing out you most likely have an infection.  This is time to call your doctor, you may need an antibiotic to clear the infection.

In the meantime gently clean the area by gently applying antibacterial soap over the incision (do not rub) then rinse thoroughly by running warm water over the area until you are sure all the soap is rinsed off. Then pat it ever so gently dry.  Make sure the area is very dry.  Once it is completely dried, cover the area with a sanitary napkin changing it as needed until you can see your doctor.

Signs of an Internal C-Section Infection


A uterine infection, also know as ‘Endometritis’ occurs in about 10-30% of women following a C-Section.  The signs will be:

  • Lower Abdominal pain and a belly that is tender to the touch
  • Bloody discharge that smells bad or has a yellow greenish color
  • Your lower abdomen gets very hard or firm
  • You have fever of 100.5, chills and flu-like symptoms.

If you have any of these signs, don’t take the ‘wait and see’ approach, call your doctor immediately. Infections left untreated could have dangerous results including infertility, loss of feeling, even death.

Bladder or Urinary Tract Infection

It’s possible that you may contract a bladder or urinary tract infection (UTI). This sometimes occurs after having a urinary catheter.   Once the catheter is removed you may have some soreness in your urinary tract area.  This doesn’t necessarily mean you have an infection, sometimes the area is just irritated after having the catheter removed.

You’ll know you have an infection if you have any or all of the following:

  • Burning while urinating.
  • You feel like urinating often with little urine that comes out.
  • There is blood in your urine or your urine is cloudy or smells bad.
  • You have fever and chills.
  • You have nausea and vomiting.
  • Your kidney area or back is very sore.

If you experience any of these things, drink lots of water and call your doctor.  If you do have an infection your doctor will prescribe oral antibiotics that will start clearing up the infection within just a few hours.  If you have lots of burning pain when urinating your doctor can prescribe pain relief for that as well.

Septicemia

Septicemia is a bacterial infection that spreads to the bloodstream.  This is the most dangerous type of infection following a C-section and if detected requires immediate medical attention.

Septicemia is identified by a sudden spiking fever as well as rapid heart rate, rapid breathing and chills. If untreated this can lead to septic shock which is identified by low blood pressure, hypothermia, confusion and problems with blood clotting.  If you suspect septicemia, contact your doctor immediately.

Blessings,
Elizabeth

For more the C-Section procedure, risks and recovery, The Worry Free C-Section is an excellent resource for advice, personal tips information on all aspects of having a C-Section.

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Mother, author, Cesarean researcher and C-Section mom herself, Elizabeth supports and helps educate women on C-Section birth, planning, making informed choices and recovering well.

111 comments

  1. dino says:

    i had a c-section july 9 2009. i went back for a check up and got an IUD…about 2 days after the IUD i started to bleed so much it didnt seem normal to me at all. i also started to get a numbing feel in my legs and my legs would just go out… it would give me a painful sting or shock just on my legs… i went to the doctor and she said i was fine that it wasnt the IUD causing that, that its just my nerves.. but it only does that when i bleed a lot… my daughter is now 5 months and i still have been bleeding…its less but still there and my scar from my c-section feels like its half numb… and a few weeks ago i noticed a bump in the middle of my scar…it was inside my skin but slightly sticking out… i did nothing because it wasnt painful and it went away then 2 days ago it appeared again but more to the left and im worried it could be something bad but i dont have money to spend on just anything and i would like to know if theres a big chance it could be dangerous and spend my money on it???

  2. Bobbie lynn Smith says:

    I had a c-section 11yrs ago and now my insision is red, there is a small amount of blood coming out, I am keeping it clean. it has a hole and is starting to break open? 11 yrs later Today is Friday I cant go to the Dr til Monday ?

  3. Elizabeth says:

    11 years later, I wouldn’t have thought that would happen :-| Put some bacitracin or neosporin on it, you can get these over the counter, they are antibacterial ointments, completely save. Wash you hands really well before putting on the ointment and keep it covered. Also don’t do any heavy lifting or stretching until you can get to the doctor. Good luck :-)

  4. skibebe says:

    I had a c-section 7 years ago and starting to think I may have an INTERNAL infection. It is hard, firm and painful exactly where the c-section incision was, but there is no sign of any problem on the outside. (in fct can’t even see the incision). I’ve had a CT scan with contrast, endometrial biopsiy, colonoscopy, and upper GI endoscopy all within past 2-3 months and all came out ok. I thought it was stress from loosing my father, father in law and good friend all to cancer within two months this year (problem starting happening just after that). GI specialist thinks (since cancer ruled out) it could be IBS. But I have no bowel problems and its constant, not just during stress. I don’t know…just wondering if could have something to do with my uterus, or other female parts since the c-section. Called my OB-Gyn to see if I should have another visit there….Its a constant burning sensation across my lower addominal area, extending to right side of back. Especially kind of throbs where c-section was. Any clues out there? Not knowing what it is is the worst.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    You may be experiencing problems with adhesions. Adhesions could be pulling causing the burning sensation. The thing about adhesions is they don’t show up on xrays or scans. Of course I can’t say for sure but try asking your doctor about it.

  6. Doreen says:

    It will be three weeks on 10/12,since my csection surgery,due to ovarian cysts and endometrios.
    I have been experiencing chills, clear drainage at the incision site, due to skin overlapping and sometimes a very low grade fever. Is this normal? When will these side effects go away?
    My incision site is not red or swollen and the drainage is clear.
    Thank you,
    Doreen

  7. Dee says:

    I had a C-section one month ago. The incision site seemed to be healing well. I noticed a pimple like bump right under the site and it stayed there for about a week or so. I would pop it when a whitehead developed. Last weekend, my husband and I both went to the doctor and was diagnosed with staph infections. The one that I had that made me go to the doctor was on my bottom. It was completely red, swollen, hard, and obviously infected. I showed the doctor the pimple, which had started healing, and he said the infection could have started from my C-Section. I have a new pimple that has developed right under the first one. I’m also concerned because now I’m getting pains in the creases of where my upper leg and midsection meet. I’m on two antibiotics and probiotics for the infection but I’m worried about what this new pain is. Thanks.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Dee, it’s hard to know where the pain is actually coming from, however infections can be painful and I’d suspect that’s where the pain is originating from but since you’re on antibiotics for the infection that makes me think the pain is not infection related, however that may not necessarily be true. I’d give the antibiotics time to thoroughly work and see if the pain doesn’t subside. If it continues or gets worse you should see your doctor about it right away. I hope it gets better for you *** hugs***.

  9. Renee says:

    I had my C Section 5 weeks ago.. I thought it was infected because Ive had constant drainage. Not a lot however it hasnt stopped draining.. Its a bloodish color and the incision is pink around it and feels warm.. Thought it felt warm because of the fat flap i have so it get warm there. Had it checked at the hospital by 4 drs and they stuck a q tip in the hole of the incision and said it wasnt infected however Im still worried that its still draining.. How long does it take for the draining and the hole to close/heal… Sometimes where the hole is it hurts like a fresh cut.. Thats the only spot that hurts.. Any information would be appreciated.. :) ty…

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Renee, I’m not sure why you have drainage, however that should subside soon. If your doctor says you don’t have an infection I wouldn’t worry about it. Just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t look like it’s getting worse.

  11. aub says:

    hello my name is aub and i had a csection three weeks ago and everything is going really good. but woke up this morning with my left hand numb and my right inner thigh hurting me to were it feels that my leg gives out on me when i walk but before that i was havin pain in my foot before that i am so worried about blood clots what do you think and what r the sighns of them

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Aub, I really don’t know, this is something you should call your doctor about. If it is blood clots you need to see your doctor right away.

  13. Gaby says:

    I had a c sec 7 months ago and haven’t completely healed. I bruised where the incision was at the time of delivery. I’m concernerd that I have maybe an inch that has completely closed. The site is red. Also I don’t have feeling on my lower abdomin.

  14. Jenifer says:

    I had a c-sec 5 weeks ago and am just now experiencing burning in my lower left abdomen…not near my incision site, more muscle pain? It’s seemed to get worse over the last two days, stopped bleeding a couple weeks ago but now have a dark brownish red discharge. Is this normal or could I have an infection? Scheduled to see a dr next week not sure if I should call and try and get an earlier appt :(

  15. marisol martinez says:

    A friend of mine had a C-Cection two months ago and is developing a high fever. She went back to the hospital and was given some antibotics. She started taking the antibiotics and started vomiting and lots of pain. She went back to the hospital and was told she has a kidney infection and urinary track infection she was sent home with more antibiotics. Aweek later she is back in the hospital with high fever and still alot of pain. The Dr. are now telling her she has a blood infection. Is this normal after surgery.

  16. Anneth Gomez says:

    I had a c section 3 months ago and it bleed like a month ago my dr said to go in but i had no chance to but i went to the er and they said it looked ok. Now I have some bleeding and some sticky stuff coming out its clear and a little white is this bad ? And is it normal to be happening now after almost 4 months?

  17. Nereha says:

    I had a C-section 3 weeks ago, my name is Nereha and the incision looks fine, is closed but i have two red bumps like half of inch down! they look like a spider bite looks like, their a little bit shine and they don’t hurt at all!!! i was just wondering if any body else had the same bumps????

  18. pooja says:

    I had c section 11weeks ago.i have loosemotions coming and going from last week,had fever 38.5 last week on thursday,took paracetamol…fever was gone .but today have bad pain in sides if stomach and blood coming from rectum after loose stools.sometimes very bad pain in both legs and lower back.I dont feel hungry.My periods did not come this time.sometimes my whole body pains badly.dont know what to do.called doctor she said it can be viral infection as the weather is too bad these days and just asked me to drink lots of fluids.
    Please let me know.its difficult with the small baby.

  19. Letty says:

    Hi i had my baby 5 mos ago and healed fine but just recently noticed redness right in the middle … Im a lil worried . What do i do ?

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Letty, is the redness around your incision? Pain and oozing around the incision is an indication of infection. If you don’t have that then you may want to just wait a few days to see how it looks. If you do have pain or oozing, contact your doctor. You may have an infection or there might be something else going on.

  21. Eli says:

    I had a c section 10 days ago and I noticed a smell down there when im bleeding but it smells like from what i remember is a period smell and is there if I keep a pad on for a long time when I don’t have access to a bathroom so it’s full of blood could that be why it is smelling? My scar looks fine.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Eli, blood sitting on a pad for a long time isn’t going to smell very good. As long as you don’t have pain, fever or discharge and your scar looks good chances are there’s nothing wrong, but I’d suggest keeping an eye on the smell and if it doesn’t go away or gets worse, check with your doctor.

  23. lisa says:

    hi i had a c section on jhan 4th 2012 my scar heeled pretty good the doc say…but the bottom of my stomach is sore, my lower back and blood clots everytime i use the restroom. what should i do.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lisa, Check with your doctor. Just give him a call and tell him what’s happening. They may have a good explanation or they may want to see you. But check with your doctor first.

  25. kellie says:

    Hi, my name is kellie, I just had a c section 12 days ago. I keep sweating like crazy. My temp is 99.5.I keep feeling like I’m breaking fever firming the day. My eyes feel heavy n weak. I don’t feel like getting out of bed at all because when I stand up I completely feel weak. My scar looks like its healing. It don’t hurt or have oozing stuff. Idk what’s wrong should I make a app?

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Kellie, It sounds like you may have the start of an infection of some sort. The infection could be internal. I’d make an appointment to see your doctor or at least call and talk to someone.

  27. bea says:

    I had my c section three months ago and it heeled just fine, but a couple of days ago i noticed my incision swollen and red, what does this mean?

  28. Elizabeth says:

    Bea, it could be infected. Does it hurt? Does it have pus oozing out? Those are indications that it’s infected. If it’s just red and swollen, that can also be part of the healing process. To really find out what’s going on, it’s best to check with your doctor. Hope that helps, Elizabeth :-)

  29. Cassie says:

    I had my c section 5 weeks ago. I was healing great but last week lower abdomen began to hurt. I sneezed one morning and the pain got worse. Now it is horrible to stand and makes me hunch over… Could this be an infection? The incision looks great.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Cassie, actually this could be any number of things. I could be something as simple as built up gas or a stretched muscle or it could be the start of an infection, however since it’s impossible to know what the problem is, I’d check with your doctor to see what s(he) has to say. Watch for a fever or discharge and make sure the pain isn’t getting worse.

  31. patricia says:

    hi there I had my 4th c section 3.5 weeks ago, I have 3 four boys now so little time for rest. I have been bleeding the last 2 weeks off and on after stopping for a bit. also cleaning and the next day (today) I’m bleeding pretty good and watching for clots well when (tmi) looking at toilet paper I notice a string with the knot in it from internal stitches, is, this normal???? I’ve been hurting a lil more then normal the last few days but thought because I haven’t taken pain meds in over a week and cleaning and taking care of 4 kids 3 of them under 3.

  32. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Patricia, You need to call your doctor for that. I don’t think a string with a knot in it is normal to be passing through your system. The stitches may have broken loose causing bleeding. Your doctor needs to know about that.

  33. Maria says:

    Hi i had a csection 5 weeks ago and the incision looks great and I was feeling great untill 2 days ago I haven’t dtopped bleeding since my csection and this week it got worse it felt like my period and im taking birth control pills . I have a burning sensation on the inside of my incision more towards the right side and numbness on my lower abdomen is this normal or should I go see the doctor

  34. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Maria, How bad is the bleeding? If you’re soaking a pad every few hours you should call your doctor. The numbness around the incision is normal but I can’t verify what is happening with the burning. I would suggest calling your doctor. Keep in touch and let me know what you find out :-)

  35. elsabe says:

    Hi E
    I had my c-section 11 weeks ago. I Had mastitis at 2 weeks and 4 weeks postpartum.
    The fevers were bad. At the same time (2 weeks pp), my csection wound also got infected.
    As I was on broad spectrum antibiotics twice for the mastitis, the doc said it would also
    Heal the wound infection. I also applied antibiotic ointment for at least 10 days, and after that tried honey and clendula powder But my wound is still not healed.
    It doesnt ooze pus anymore, but now rather looks like pimples under the scar.
    As there is still pus, could it be infected still? Would u suggest another course of Ab?
    Or just AB topical ointment? I would really appreciate your thoughts.

  36. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Elsabe, I’m afraid that’s a question for your doctor. It sounds to me that it still may be a bit infected but whether another course of antibiotics is the right thing for you is up to your doctor.

  37. tera says:

    i had a c section 12/26/2011 the day of surgery a bruise started to form the told me that it could possibly be a blood clot. two weeks went by and i decided to get a second opinion, that doc said the same thing… thats night my stomach rupturd open with nasty brownish blood that soaked my clothes. went to er they gave me 2 different antibiotics and sent me home waiting for my docs office to open… when i got there they took a q tip and stuck it inside to incision site. and it continued to drain. three days later they sent me to a wound clinic….. they ended up having to cut me back open and letting it heal from the inside out.. on march 23 it was closed, march 30 it was back open….. went back down and they seem to think everything is fine…. just wanted to share what happened with mine, maybe that will give you some ideas on what yours could be…

  38. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Tera,

    That’s not something you want to happen and I thank you so much for sharing your story. For others reading, this is definitely something to watch out for.

    I trust that things are better for you now :-)

  39. Blanca says:

    I just had a c section 2 Weeks ago am just borry that maybe is infected because every time I clean it and put a new pad it has this bad smell and at the middle is a lil open and it hurts not much do this us my fist c section so dont now if this normal dont have a doctor appointment until Monday

  40. Elizabeth says:

    Blanca, it sounds to me like you have an incision infection. I’d call your doctor and see what they have to say, they may be able to schedule you for an earlier appointment.

  41. Blanca says:

    Elizabeth thank you well call my doctor and they dont have nothing sooner then Monday and they also told me that it dont sound like is infected plus I dont have a fever

  42. Hilda says:

    Had c- section 3 months ago and was healing well just started feeling itchy and a smell down there I check incision have redness like a rash all around it. I clean it with peroxide and put neoaprin till I can seen the doctor tomorrow. Can this be a infection?

  43. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Hilda, From what you explained it does sound like an infection. Redness and odor are clear signs of an infection, although soreness can sometimes accompany that. Good luck at your doctor’s visit Hilda, I hope all goes well :-)

  44. Angela says:

    I had a c-section 13 years ago….yes 13 years ago. It leaks with a clear liquid. Should I do something about it other than keeping it clean?

  45. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Angela,

    Do keep it clean but I’d continue to simply watch it. Other than that there isn’t much you can do. I would recommend however, that if it doesn’t clear up on its own that you have it looked at. It could be as simple as fluid your body has never absorbed or it could be the start of an infection. But 13 years is a long time so I’d have it looked at just to be on the safe side.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  46. Michelle says:

    I had my c-section done on Dec 14,2012 with in day i got a weird smell coming from the cut went to the doctors and told me it was infected becuz of the skin that was over was not letting it dry up or get air to just clean it up with alcohol and to put a lil towel there like that it could stay dry. With in day went to the hospital was not feeling so good and they said that it was infected to take antibiotics for 10 day am already on my 6 day and there is a discharge coming out greenish what do u think its wrong do i still keep cleaning it with alcohol or should i try something new

  47. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Michelle, Be sure to finish your medication. Some infections can take longer to clear up. Has the smell gone away?

    Meanwhile ask your doctor about putting Bacitracin (over the counter anti-bacterial cream) on the wound. Alcohol is very drying and it evaporates quickly. Because Bacitracin is an ointment it works on the infection continuously and also prevents new bacteria from entering the wound, which I like, but ask your doctor about using it first.

  48. Rachel says:

    Hey, at the end of the month will be 6 months since my c-section, my cut has healed perfectly, nice and clean. Recently I’ve noticed, when I try to sit up from laying down I start to get a burning pain across my lower abdomen, possible where my inside incision might be. Its not right above my outer incision, more between my bellybutton and outer incision. I’m also not the smallest lady and still kind of have a saggy tummy. Is this something I should worry about? I want to start going to the gym but I’m scared I might make the pain worse or cause damage.

  49. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Rachel,

    It’s not unusual to have a little pain there for several months afterward, especially when getting out of bed a you mentioned. Most of the time it’s muscles and nerve endings working to get back to normal.

    Keep an eye on the pain, make sure it’s not getting worse. However as long as it hurts in that area, don’t try to do too much as far as exercise is concerned. Go slowly. But keep an eye on things and make sure the pain doesn’t get worse.

  50. lacey says:

    I had a C-Section 2 weeks ago my third C-Section. Never had problems with the others but this one. The right side of the incision opened a little and it is leaking a little fluid but no odor, what should I do?

  51. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lacey, Sometimes the fluid leak is OK, it doesn’t always mean an infection. If the fluid turns green in color or pussy or if the area becomes very red, hot and sore to the touch, you should call your doctor. It wouldn’t hurt to call you doctor anyway just to make sure.

    In the mean time I like to put anti bacterial ointment like Bacitracin on the incision and keep it covered. Just keep an eye on it and if it doesn’t get better check with your doctor.

  52. Lacey says:

    Went to the doctor it wasn’t infected still gave me antibiotics it’s my 6day on them it’s not leaking much but know there’s a little blood coming out is that okay?

  53. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lacey, As long as you are on antibiotics and you’re not experiencing any other symptoms, I wouldn’t be concerned. A little blood is OK. However be sure to finish your meds. Glad to hear you didn’t have an infection :-)

  54. Jasmine says:

    Hi,

    I’m 23 and had my 3rd section 3 months ago. At my 6wk check up i had a vaginal infection i got meds but didn’t finish them all, they were horrible and made me a little sick. 2 months later my stomach area is hurting and i feel funny in that area.. Mind you the month of Feb, i havn’t eating my best, i’ve been stressing and havn’t getting any sleep during the day.. and recently i havn’t been drinking alot of water.

  55. Elizabeth says:

    Finishing your medication when you have an infection is key to getting rid of it. I’d suggest you check back with your doctor and find out if there’s a different medication that you can take that won’t make you feel sick. Also drinking water is important as well. Hope you feel better soon :-)

  56. mercy says:

    Had 3rd c-section three months ago, healing well but brownish discharge experienced after the bleeding. Have been on antibiotics (tramed) which stopped the discarge but after medication it is back. What could be the problem? worried.

  57. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Mercy,

    The brownish discharge after bleeding is usually normal. Your bleeding should go from red to pinkish to brown and then it should go away. Unless you are experiencing a large amount of it with a bad odor and pain, it should be normal and will go away with time.

    Also Tramed is not an antibiotic, it’s a pain reliever, are you sure you have an infection? Did you see your doctor?

  58. Brittany Kidd says:

    i had a c section march 2012. about 9 months in after my incision was healed i noticed burning redness and a small knot.it hurt enough for me to go to the er cuz it was weekend they sent me home. by monday the knot was the size of a lemon and i was in sever pain got to the ob had to have it cut open and drained and packed it was an internal infextion. ive nevdr herd of this but im afraid it happening again.

  59. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Brittany,

    Infections like these are not uncommon, so any time you have pain, redness, fever or other unusual symptoms check with your doctor. You were wise to ER, however I’m concerned that they sent you home. They should have recognized that you had an infection. Are you getting better? Sounds like your infection is back?

  60. Jayme Murphy says:

    Hi, i had a csection four months ago and am currently on depo provera birth control. About three days ago i noticed brown discharge with brown specks in it. I have cramping in lower abdomen, itching and burning on my vagina as well. I dont know if this has anything to do with it but i also pulled off a scab that was on my c section scar, (it was never there before) and when i did that, puss and blood came out of it, not a lot, just a little. Ok so now i am bleeding like im having a full blown period associated with back pain cramps and still the itching and burninng. Im pretty scared as to what this can be. I know its not a yeast infection, cuz ive had one before. Could i have an infection? Im not able to make it to the doc anytime soon, cuz i just started a new job. Im scared plz help!!!!

  61. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jayme, yes you could have an infection. Brown discharge is not unusual, however itching and burning can mean a yeast infection, but you also be having a reaction to the depo provera or you could have another type of infection as well. I can’t know for sure. I do suggest trying to schedule an appt with your doctor. Try to go on your lunch hour or at least talk to the office nurse about it.

  62. Alissa says:

    I had a c-section 6 years ago. Directly on my scar I have a black spot the size of a pecncil eraser. It has been there since the c-section. It seems sort of like a scab under the skin. Recently, it has developed a small hole, almost like the layer of skin over it is dying off. Is this normal? I have had many other health complications due to my c-section and I have never thought to point this little black scab thing out to the doctors. Do you think it is insignificant or do you think this may be an issue?

  63. Lon'a M. Howe says:

    I had my second c-section 26 years ago, I noticed that it was hurting after I got out of the shower, so I looked at it. It was bleeding out, and took 45 minutes just to slow down the flow. I had my first c-section in 1977 (only 2 of them) why would this open totally and start to bleed out for no reason, I also have bleeding under my breasts where I have never had an incision, any idea why this would happen for no reason. I have already gone to the emergency room and discharged me, but I had also seen a Pa before that. The next day I went to my hematologist who was not there, so I saw his NP, who also said it was nothing. Someone must have a clue why this is happening, can you help?

  64. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Alissa, as long as it’s not infected or causing other issues it’s probably not significant. I personally don’t have experience with that sort of spot on your scar but I’d mention it to your doctor next time you see him/her.

  65. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lon’a,

    I’m so sorry but I can’t tell you why this is happening. There is definitely something happening inside and I can’t believe the doctors discharged you with no information as to what it is. Is it still bleeding?

  66. Ashley says:

    Hi, I had a csection 4 weeks ago. My incision is infected and I’ve finished a round of antibiotics but it’s still got puss coming out. Last night I had stomach pain and loose stools and a lot of blood coming from my rectum, including some clots. This happened 3 times. Could the two things be related? Is it an ER issue or a wait for a dr. appointment issue?

  67. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Ashley,

    I would definitely say go to the ER. I don’t know if this is related but they’re not good things. Blood from your rectum regardless of what’s causing it needs attention.

  68. Rachel says:

    Hi I had a C section about 3 months ago and I’ve recently stated having a very irritating feeling in my bladder it’s not a water infection I’ve already had it tested and it came back negative I have no burning or bleeding when I do to the toilet just this irritating feeling in my bladder that won’t go.

  69. Lynn says:

    Had my c section 21 years ago…the last week or so it is itching like crazy and seeping clear fluid…. I fave a weight issue so it doesn’t get much air there…what should I do to stop the seeping?

  70. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I don’t know what would stop the seeping but you want to be sure it doesn’t get infected so keep some over the counter Bacitracin on it. You’ll need to check with your doctor on stopping the seepage. Hope it gets better though.

  71. Emilee says:

    It’s been 2 weeks since I had my second c section an I recently started getting sever chills and sever fever with back pain? First I thought I had the flue and sweated it out but it came back yesterday and I had fever of 103.3 I took shower and ibuprofen doctor sent me with and went away but I still have sever lower back pain feels like its throbbing? I go to doctor on Monday I don’t know what he’s gonna tell me.. Can you tell me what you think it is?

  72. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Emilee,

    What you’re describing; high fever, chills and pain, this sounds like an infection, but I can’t really diagnose the problem. I’m glad you’re going to the doctor on Monday, don’t wait any longer than.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon :-)

    Elizabeth

  73. Jennifer says:

    I had a c-section 2 weeks ago and immediately following the c-section a burning pain down my inner left thigh would occur when laying on my left side. It also happens when I move my leg. It is not hot or swollen and is not constant. I asked my doctor who said that it can be normal and didn’t seem overly concerned. Would a pain like that be a result of tampering with nerves during surgery? If so, will it go away or be something I need to learn to live with.

  74. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    When you have surgery things get moved around a bit and nerves can be displaced a little as well. You know how sometimes you can press an area on your body and feel it somewhere else? Surgery can make those kinds of things happen too. Unless this somehow gets worse or the pain is excruciating don’t worry about it for now, it should actually go away and the pain should subside over time. Some of these things go away quicker than others so be patient.

    Try not to lay on your left side for awhile until things normalize within your body.

    I hope that helps and I hope it starts to feel better for you :-)

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  75. valerie says:

    Hi I had a c section on the 13th. My staples were removed on the second day, and ot sterile strips placed on them. When the nurse was removing them she said the corners were a little red. Doctor told me not to wash it, and to keep it dry for a week and come and see him.
    I decided to put a pad on it since I do have skin that overlaps and knew it would sweat.
    So for the last 3 days its been hurting on one side od the incision. I was checking up on it and it seemed to be okay. However today I felt some discomfort and went to check again, and when I removed the pad, there was a bit of greenish yellow on it. I quickly checked the incision and noticed that it had begun to ooze a bit, and theres a little red whole or dot I see where I think one of the staples came out maybe.
    It doesnt hurt that much when I touch it its just the discomfort in itself from the inside I guess. And its not swollen its just red where that dot is at. No fever or anything. No green puss really on or coming out of it right now.
    I called my doctor said to just wash it with warm water and dry it. Put a gauze on it.
    Im worried its infected…. And Im going to have to go thru all of what these ladies are going thru :(

  76. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Valerie,

    Don’t worry. It sounds like you don’t have a bad infection, perhaps just some irritation. Follow your doctor’s directions and you should be OK, but be consistent about keeping it clean and covered. Also try not to do any heavy lifting or stretching until it looks better.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  77. Maribelle says:

    Hi :),
    I had a Csection done 8/8. But had a foul smell during the whole time i had my staples, 5 days later had my staples removed, Dr. Prescribed my Keflex for a mild infection but its been about 3 days on the meds and I still see a split with red and little oozing with yellowish greenish pus not much ….but still there ….I called my Dr. And his Medical Assistant suggest me to keep it dry and if it gets worst to come in or go to the nearest e.r. My question is : well I’m Freaking out!!!! ” is the split a sign of my scar opening”….

  78. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Maribelle,

    Please don’t freak out. You sound as though you have a small infection. Stay calm but keep your incision gently clean and dry. Meanwhile don’t do any heavy lifting or reaching. Your incision will heal if it’s free of infection and isn’t stretched. I’d make an appointment to see your doctor though.

    Hope it gets better soon.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth :-)

  79. Melissa says:

    Just has my 3rd c- section 4 weeks and 5 days ago. It’s been red around it the whole time. They stitched me up this time instead of staples. The scab came off two little spots today and white puss started to come out. I didn’t try to squeeze it or anything it freely came out. It wasn’t a ton just about the size of a pea. there were also 4-5 bumps under the c- section that was there the tape was I’m guessing. They have gotten big and hard on the inside and the other day there was white at the top so I put a needle in it to release some of the pressure and it was white about the size of a pea to and I didn’t press it either. The C-section insision sometimes itches but it always hurts some and sometimes feels like its on fire or stingy. Thanks.

  80. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Melissa,

    You may have some infection there but with proper care sometimes the infected area can clear up. However I don’t recommend putting a needle inside it, even a sterilized needle can irritate an infection. The bumps under your incision are generally normal, they can be blood and tissue that remains as the incision heals and should dissipate in a few months. If your incision continues to hurt or gets red, check with your doctor. Soreness and redness is a good indication of infection.

    Hope that helps :-)

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  81. jay says:

    I had my second c section on august 16 so about three and a half weeks ago. I noticed as soon as I was able to examine my incision it was more swollen and deep on the left side. I immediately had a bad feeling as my first c section looked nothing like this. anyway I have been experiencing drainage. clear sometimes pink and even plain blood. my incision is open about the size of a pencil eraser on left side. I was able to squeeze fluid that cause a hardened lump behind incision, but since than lump has gone down. its continual leakage is freaking me out. no puss or fever that im aware of. but a lot of drainage. seems to be leaking more each day. why is my incision open??

  82. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jay,

    Sometimes the wound does open, however you need to check with your doctor, it may need to be packed or cauterized because that open area can fill with blood and tissue and that needs to be looked at.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  83. Eby
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi I’m Eby, I had a CS 1yr ago and I notice a small yellowish pimple on the CS site.. Its been there before, but it dried off and now its back.. What d’you think please?

  84. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Eby,

    This can sometimes be ingrown hairs around the scar and as long as they go away or don’t become infected it should be OK. Of course I’m only someone reading what you are telling me and can’t be sure this is what it is. If it persists you should check with your doctor.

    Hope that helps,
    Elizabeth

  85. Jamie says:

    Hello,
    My c-section was 6 years ago. The other day I noticed a red, swollen lump on the right side of my incision line. It was about the size of a quarter. It looked like an ingrown hair or under the skin pimple so I didn’t think much of it. Yesterday I noticed it had moved down 1/2 of my incision line. It now has 1/2 my scar swollen, red and very sore. Reading online has made me a little nervous tonight. The weird thing is, I have been in and out of the doctor in the past month and half with blatter/kidney infection (which I’ve never had before). Could this in anyway be related? I just had my last check up last week and they confirmed my infection was finally gone. Now, 2 days later I get this. Any insight?
    Thank you

  86. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jamie,

    Don’t be nervous about what you read. The web is a wonderful place to get information but sometimes it can freak you out a little, don’t let all the stuff you hear scare you. It’s better to consult with your doctor first.

    Having said that, bacteria in one location may spread to other areas of the body, however I couldn’t tell you if the bladder/kidney infection is related, I’m not the expert on that. But red and sore is a good indication of infection. Regardless of where it came from do check with your doctor. You don’t want to let that become a bigger problem.

    My best for getting better soon. Take care.

    Blessings
    Elizabeth

  87. Lois says:

    I had a c section 3 1/2 years ago & I still have numbness & I am noticing severe odors & wetness in the vaginal area. I use feminine products & the odor gets worse when I sweat as well as the dampness down there. Please help me.

  88. Chandra says:

    So I had a csection just under four months ago and had a little trouble with one part of it healing it leaked watery blood for like a month after the surgery I thought it was ok and tonight I looked at it and the place that I had trouble with is red and leaking clear fluid. I put antibiotic ointment on it and covered it.. Do you think it’s infected? Also it has healed in that area causing a dip in my scar and that’s exactly where it’s leaking from!! I’m really freaked out!!

  89. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Lois,

    I can’t really help you except to say that if you have severe vaginal odor (like a strong fishy smell) this can be a sign of an infection. But a strong vaginal odor could be a number of things so I’d have to suggest you see your doctor. You don’t want to let this sort of thing go on for a long time.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  90. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Chandra,

    First of all don’t freak out. If this is an infection it’s treatable. The antibiotic ointment may help it but you’ll need to keep a close eye on it. Redness accompanied with soreness and leakage generally means infection and I recommend seeing your doctor. The sooner you can get treatment the better.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  91. LuAnne says:

    Hello,
    I plan to call my doctor in the morning, but thought I’d see if maybe you could put my mind at ease in the meantime. I’ve had 3 c-sections, with the most recent one being 6 years ago. I noticed a drop of blood on my waistband tonight and finally figured out it came from the c-section scar – - there are a couple of areas that seem to be coming open and the whole scar looks red and irritated. Could it be infected after all this time?
    Thank you!

  92. Elizabeth says:

    Hi LuAnne,

    Sometimes if your incision doesn’t heal correctly it can break open later on. Of course that opens you up to infection.

    It’s good that you’re going to your doctor about this. There could be something else going on too. If you can, please let us know what you found out from your doctor.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  93. LuAnne says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Thanks so much for responding and I apologize for not coming back and posting an update sooner. I have actually been to the doctor three times since my original post and she really doesn’t know why it happened. It seemed like there might be some infection, so she gave me antibiotics and taped up the little “holes” that had opened up.
    My last appointment was yesterday. The dr. said it looked better and that her feeling was that we should just leave it alone unless it happens again or gets worse. She also said that sometimes women get ingrown hairs in their c-section scars, which can cause bleeding and infection, but there wasn’t really evidence of that with mine. At least not that she could see.
    Sorry for the long post! It seems like everything is fine now, but if I find out something else is going on I will try to come back and give an update. Maybe someone else who has had this happen will be helped by it.
    Thanks again,
    LuAnne

  94. Elizabeth says:

    Hi LuAnne,

    Thank you so much for responding back. I’m so glad that you’re getting better and that your incision is healing. Sometimes it can be a bit of a mystery as to why these infections occur the way they do. Anyway this is good information and I’m sure it will help other readers to the blog.

    Of course if you have an update or find out anything new we’d love to hear about it :-)

    Thanks again LuAnne.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  95. Sofia says:

    Just had a c section 3 weeks ago with my second set of twins and now I notice a bump the size of lemon next to my vagina?

  96. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Sofia,

    I couldn’t begin to guess what is going on. I have never heard a a lump near your vagina that large. I would not wait on that, I’d suggest seeing your doctor and getting an accurate diagnosis.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  97. Carolina tang says:

    Dear Elizabeth,
    I had my c-sec 4 months ago and it have healed well. Yesterday i started to have a yellowish sticky discharge with abit of smell. The stickiness feels as if a wound healing sticky liquid smell. I also started to have menstrual last month. I am currently breastfeeding by exclusively pump. I don’t know if it is an internal incision problem or it is just some weird discharge. Please advice. Thank you.

  98. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Carolina,

    Is your discharge from your incision or a vaginal discharge? I guess it doesn’t matter, a discharge with a smell is typically a sign of infection, so I’d recommend you check with your doctor. I think they’ll probably want to see you. If it is an infection you’ll want to take care of this as soon as you can.

    Let me know how it goes :-)
    Elizabeth

  99. Carolina tang says:

    Dear Elizabeth,
    It is a vaginal discharge. But i think it stop today. It only leak for one day. If it totally stop, can i wait n see? I put a liner but there is nothing yet… Already 12 hours

  100. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Carolina,

    I’m not a doctor, sorry, sometimes I wish I were, LOL! The problem is that if you don’t check with a doctor it’s anyone’s guess on what it is or if you need antibiotics or not. However it sounds like the start of an infection. If it were me I’d probably wait to see if it comes back, but if it does reappear I’d at least call your doctor’s office and describe it to them.

    I hope that helps :-)
    Elizabeth

  101. Carolina tang says:

    Yea true.. So far it come for two days. Stop already. If it comes back i will book a visit to my gynae. :D thanks elizabeth!

  102. jane says:

    Had cs operation 5 weeks ago. The scar was healing ok. Yesterday i srarted feeling sharp pains especially when i stand up and walk that makes me hunch over and move slowly. No blood, no pus. But then today i noticed small red bumps very close to the incision area. When i touch it, it has a burning feeling. No fever as well. What can it be?

  103. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Jane, you could have the start of an infection. I’d check in with your doctor just to make sure.

    Have you been doing more than usual? Sometimes that can cause pain. Not sure about the bumps though or what could be causing that. It’s impossible to know what’s causing this. You will need to check with a doctor to know for sure.

    Hope it gets better for you soon.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth :-)
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