How to Identify C-Section Infections

how to identify c-section infectionsIf you’ve had a C-Section and suspect an infection, don’t panic!

Most infections can be eliminated quickly if they are caught in time so identifying whether or not you actually have an infection and taking prompt action is important.

Here we’ll take a look at the several types of  infections that can occur, how to identify an infection and what to do if you have an infection.

There are a number of infections that can occur after a C-Section.

And the warning signs to look for with any infection are…

  • Pain
  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Continued fatigue and energy loss

Here’s help in identifying each of the infections mentioned above and what to do to

Here’s help with identifying each of these infections and what to do…

Identifying C-Section Infections

C-Section Incision Infection

An incision infection is probably the most common of all C-Section infections.

If your incision is infected it may be swollen, red, sore to the touch or there may be fluid oozing from the incision.

If your incision does break open follow careful C-Section incision care at home to help avoid an infection.

Signs of an incision infection:

What to do if your incision looks infected?

If you experience any of the above signs of infection, call your doctor immediately. Ignoring an infection hoping it goes away on its own is dangerous. You should seek medical attention right away.

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 a Uterine 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 vaginal 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 (UTI)

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 which may make urination painful.

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:

  • Persistent burning while urinating that lasts a day or more.
  • 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 is a serious bacterial blood infection.  This is the most dangerous type of infection following a C-section and if detected requires immediate medical attention. Septicemia can quickly turn into Sepsis if untreated.

It starts with a bacterial infection that might originate in lungs, urinary tract, or abdominal area. Bacteria from these infections spread to the bloodstream causing Septicemia.

Symptoms of Septicemia:

  • Sudden spiking fever
  • Decreased urination
  • Diarrhea
  • rapid heart rate
  • rapid breathing and chills

Severe sepsis often means admittance to the hospital intensive care unit where the patient can be closely watched and treated. Successful treatment will depend on things like your age and overall health, your tolerance to medications and the extent of the condition.

Although septicemia is rare, it can be life threatening if treatment is delayed so it’s especially important to see a doctor right away if you experience the above symptoms.

And finally…

Always  Go with your instincts

If you suspect an infection but you’re not sure go with your instincts and check it out.  Checking with your friends or chat rooms on the web isn’t a great way to diagnose what’s happening.  Also taking the wait and see approach in some cases could be fatal.  Not everyone manifests symptoms the same, so my advice is if you suspect a problem go with your instincts and talk to your doctor.


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

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137 thoughts on “How to Identify C-Section Infections

  1. Maya says:

    I had a c-section abt 17 days ago was in hospital for 3 days then got discharge the next morning I ended up in er cause the doctor gave me wrong meds she wasnt my doctor she only took over cause my gynae wasn’t there I also started getting headaches and feeling dizziness and my legs felt like shocks slept it off ..I couldn’t poop for 3 days till today finally it came out BT after that I felt energy loss and not feeling too well my wound is hurting abit and my doctor gone to France on holiday so im unsure abt removing my plusher their is abit yellow dots I see BT I’m so scared to just do anything on it ..plz advice or help
    PS its my first baby

  2. Shannon Johnson says:

    I had a C-section on February 26 of last year and now there is a number on the left side of my scar it’s red and warm but not to the point where I had a fever or anything I just want to know if I should be worried

  3. Brittany B says:

    I had a C Section 3.5 months ago and am breastfeeding. All my reading says you shouldn’t have a period while breastfeeding and yet I am on my third. This period is scaring me though. It has been two weeks of very heavy bleeding starting with very dark blood and with small clots ranging from pencil eraser size to quarter sized for the first week. I woke up this morning and an enormous gush of blood came out even with my tampon in. No smell, pain, fever, or anything like that. But what is going on? I don’t want to call the local nurse line because their solution to absolutely everything is to come in, without giving you any clues as to what the problem may be and I’d prefer not to if it isn’t necessary. Help please!

  4. Jessica says:

    Hi my name is Jessica I had my first c-section (emergency c-section) the day after my surgery I developed a low grade fever . The Drs thought I may of had a uterus infection. The gave me Iv antibiotics which did not help . The Drs proceeded to tell me it was normal to run a low grade fever after an emergency c- section. I was sent home still running fever a few days pasted and by then the c-section was bright red from the insition to my belly button and very warm . I also developed a lump the size of a baseball next to my belly button. I went to Er they sent me home on some oral antibiotics . A cpl days later no improovment it actually got extremely worse . I noticed a black spot of what was dead skin above my c-section insition . I started to get the most nasty smelling discharge from my insition . I went to a ob doc Iv never met in tears please help me . This dr and another bless there hearts saved my life. I had gangrene . They gave me 3 strong antibiotics and said come back in 3 days each day it got better n better on the 3rd day I went back and a surgeon had to cut off a soft ball size piece of dead skin . I had to go thru a lot of wound care including wearing a wound vac for a month and having visiting nurses come in and repack my wound every other day for about 3 months. Mean while my baby was an 80 miles away still in hospital because she was born at 28 weeks. Which sucked cuz I didn’t drive and didn’t see her for a long time. But by the grace of God we are both fighters and survivors she’s very health no probloms at all. LADYS IF YOU EVER HAVE ANY OF THE SYMTOMS I HAD ,FEVER, REDNESS AND HOT AROUND INSITION ,FOUL ODER , SEEK HELP IMMEDITLY AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH THE TREATMENT THERE GIVING YOU. THIS ALMOST COST ME MY LIFE . DO NOT WAIT FOR YOUR SKIN TO START DYING . AND DO NOT EVER LET THEM SEND YOU HOME RUNNING A FEVER .. Like they did to me. IM NOT TRYING TO FREAK NOBODY OUT . so do believe what happens to me gangrene wise is rare . JUST GO TO DR RIGHT AWAY. Thank u for letting me share my story with u. God bless u

  5. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Steph,

    It sounds like you have an incision infection. The only thing you can do is get medical attention. You may need to go on antibiotics to clear the infection. I hope you feel better soon.


  6. steph says:

    I had a emeracy c section on the 4th of june this year and now my scar is hurting its all sore and red in some areas its werid but my scar has started to come undone in some spot theres heat around it what should i do it really hurts to the touch and smells

  7. Elizabeth McGee says:

    HI Raven,

    Sounds like you have an infection. You may want to call your doctor and get in sooner than Tuesday if you can. That should be treated right away. If you call you doctor and tell them what you have told me they should be able to schedule you to come in sooner.

    Hope you get better soon 🙂


  8. Raven says:

    I had csection six weeks ago . I notice edge of my sesion it swelled abit and small bit of blood and puss comes out. Not sure if I should be consern or not sense it just little bit. It does sting abit. Also I starting bleed again on and off . But pretty much most whole six weeks with only few days it stops then starts back. Now it has odor. It mixture of red, and brown blood. It smells pretty bad. I go Dr Tuesday for my six week checkup.

  9. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Monique,

    I couldn’t begin to guess what this is. I think you should check with your doctor. The fact that you have no energy and aren’t gaining weight is an indication that something is amiss.

  10. Monique says:

    I have a c-section five months ago today. This was my first child. So I went over a month ago to get my depo shot. Maybe two months. Well I started spotting and still am. I was having pain like period cramps. I went to remove my tampax and when I did that some kind of tissue or something fell out as well. It was about 5-6 inches in length ans about 2 in width. And I’ve had no energy, i’m not gaining weight like I should. I have. Photo of it but I don’t think I can post it. But I’ll try.

  11. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Amy,

    It’s difficult to know what the abdominal swelling and hardness is coming from. There can be a number of things causing that. It could be digestion issues or some other internal problem. I would have to suggest you check with your doctor. You don’t want to misdiagnose this kind of thing because the wrong treatment won’t solve the issues.

  12. Amy says:

    I’ve had 2 c-sections. First in 2000 and the last in 2002. It’s been 13 years since my last c-section and im noticing redness the length of my scar and lower abdominal pain as well as abdominal swelling and hardness. After my last c-section I also had a tubal ligation so I wouldn’t have to worry about becoming pregnant. I’ve been extremely tired since noticing these new symptoms and also severely bloated. Help!

  13. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Chelsea,

    This is not necessarily abnormal. It sometimes happens. Just make sure you are not bleeding heavily or have a fever. Are you breastfeeding? Sometimes that can make you bleed a little heavier with stringy, thicker blood.


  14. chelsea says:

    I had a c-section two weeks ago and I am barely bleeding. But sometime when I use the bathroom there is a long stand of blood coming out of me. Is that normal.

  15. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I’ll be honest, I don’t know about this. At first it sounds a little like adhesions may be causing some of your pain but now that it’s gone it could also be as simple as gas pain. But now that you have joint and muscle pain and fever it could mean an infection is brewing. I couldn’t honestly tell you for sure what is going on.

    I would suggest seeing your doctor to find out for sure. If you are in the start of an infection you definitely want to catch that as soon as you can.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. Let me know how things turn out 🙂


  16. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Autumn, it doesn’t appear your incision is infected. I’m assuming there is no leakage, pain, fever or redness, because if there is those are definite signs of infection and you need to see your doctor. Holes like this one with no infection symptoms are generally OK and will probably go away over time, however I am not a doctor, only a researcher and it’s always a good idea to call your doctor and have it checked into. If you choose not to go to your doctor then do keep a close eye on it. Keep it clean and dry as well.

    Hope that helps,

  17. Amanda says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I had a c section about 5 weeks ago. Yesterday after I got out of the shower I started having pains in my left side about mid tummy that started at my spine and wrapped around to almost my belly button. It hurt every time I bent over or walked or lifted anything. It was persistent and spread up to just under my ribs. It persisted until today when I noticed my joints and muscles getting sore and stiff like they do with fever. I now have a low grade fever but the pain doesn’t hurt anymore? Could this be a postpartum effect from the c section, like an infection or something else?

  18. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Yazmin,

    Sometimes when your incision is healing there will be pockets of blood and tissue that form under the skin that feel like small lumps. Most of the time these lumps will dissolve and go away over time. However some do not and can be something more serious like a small blood clot or the start of an infection.

    Since yours hurts I’d suggest you check with your doctor, it sounds to me like something that needs to be looked at by your doctor.

    Elizabeth 🙂

  19. yazmin says:

    I had a csection about a month ago it was healing well but 2 day ago my scar hurt alot and yesterdar I felt a bump but no fever no redness what does it mean?????

  20. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Yesica,

    I’ve heard this complaint before and many times it turns out to be part of the normal healing process.

    If the pain or discomfort gets progressively worse or is accompanied by redness around the incision or fever be sure to check with your doctor. It might not be a bad idea to check with your doctor anyway just to be sure.

    Hope that helps,
    Elizabeth 🙂

  21. Yesica says:

    Hi my name yesica i also had c section this month june 14 i started to feel burning and pain feel like my section is ripping off i dont if is something bad should i worry???

  22. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Shelly,

    The only help I can give you on this is to recommend you see a doctor. It appears you have some type of infection. It’s impossible for me to know what is going on. It almost sounds like your internal stitches may be coming through your skin, but internal stitching is dissoveable so that doesn’t even make sense.

    Sorry I can be of more help but this but it doesn’t sound like something you can treat yourself. You need to get a medical expert to look at this.


  23. Shelley says:

    I had a csection over 14 years ago which for three year left me with a hard scar. The cut, I am told, is peculiarly low. I had a CT scan to rule out foreign objects, I guess. Pain was excruciating for about 4 years, then I came down with MS. After about the 6th year I noticed that on one or two occasions there were black taut fibers that were not pubic hairs being expelled from the most sensitive one inch area of the wound. I wondered if the were stitches of some kind. More recently, the same sensitive spot on the scar is blistering and raw, oozing. Help.

  24. 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.

    Elizabeth 🙂

  25. 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?

  26. 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. 😀 thanks elizabeth!

  27. 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 🙂

  28. 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

  29. 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 🙂

  30. 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.

  31. 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.


  32. 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?

  33. 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.


  34. 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,

  35. 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.


  36. LuAnne says:

    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!

  37. 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.


  38. 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.


  39. 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!!

  40. 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.

  41. 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.


  42. Jamie says:

    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

  43. 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,

  44. Eby says:

    I forgot to add that this yellowish pimple dried off the very next day as well. Do you think Its something of concern?

  45. Eby 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?

  46. 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.


  47. 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??

  48. 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 🙂


  49. 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.

  50. 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.

    Elizabeth 🙂

  51. 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”….

  52. 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.


  53. 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 🙁

  54. 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 🙂


  55. 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.

  56. 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 🙂


  57. 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?

  58. 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.

  59. 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?

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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?

  63. 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?

  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. 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?

  66. 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?

  67. 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.

  68. 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!!!!

  69. 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?

  70. 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 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.

  71. 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?

  72. 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.

  73. 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 🙂

  74. Jasmine says:


    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.

  75. 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 🙂

  76. 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?

  77. 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.

  78. 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?

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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

  83. 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.


  84. 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?

  85. 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 🙂

  86. 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?

  87. 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

  88. 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.

  89. 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

  90. 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 🙂

  91. 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…

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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 🙂

  95. 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

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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 🙂

  101. 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?

  102. 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.

  103. 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?

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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 ?

  110. 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.

  111. 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????

  112. 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?

  113. 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.

  114. 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 🙁

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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

  118. 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.

  119. 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…

  120. 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***.

  121. 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.

  122. 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,

  123. 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.

  124. 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.

  125. 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 🙂

  126. 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 ?

  127. 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???

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