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Rocquie
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I had a Rituxan Maintenance infusion Monday. Since then, the skin over my port has been itching. I can remember it being a little itchy before and finding myself mindlessly scratching the area. But this is a rather maddening itch! My nurse uses an ethyl chloride spray to freeze the skin before she inserts the harpoon needle. I wonder if I have become allergic to the spray?

When I've been in the hospital, the nurses used a little lidacaine shot. When I had a home health nurse, she didn't use anything--I just had to "man up" and take it.

I've never seen discussions of port access here and now I am wondering about others' experiences?

Best to all,

Rocquie

 

 

Shoopy
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You know...I think there's a country song by the name of my subject line.

I've noticed that my port itches from time to time but I don't think it's because of the Rituxan I've recevied.  To me, it feels like a 'healing itch'--similar to what you'd expereience with a cut or floor burn healing.  Area 51 doesn't use the freezing spray (my first oncologist's office used that stuff).  Area 51 just swabs the area with some secret alien swabs...never asked what it is.

I have found that taking a nice deep breath just before they 'harpoon' me helps the initial pain.  The nurses know to have me do that now and give me warning.  Everyone of them also 'apologize' for the brief pain of the harpoon...which I wish they wouldn't...lol.

That help?

Karl

 

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Rocquie
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Isn't it Miley's Daddy that sings about his itchy-itchy port? Smile

Shoopy
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Right you are (and I'm not even a country fan):

Don't touch my port; my itchy-itchy port; I just don't think you understand

Cause if you touch my port; my itchy-itchy port; I might just leave this chemo session!

(like any of us would do that!)

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jimwins
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I haven't had that problem except maybe during the healing after it was implanted. It may be that you are sensitive to whatever they use to disinfect the area prior to the "harpoon".  I'd ask a nurse or doctor about it.  

I lived in Houston, Texas for 20 years.  I learned to like country music, wear cowboy boots and hats, go to the rodeo and drink tequila shots Laughing.

 

 

 

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Rocquie,

When I went for infusions, the nurse always asked me "Do you use the spray or the cream ?"  Since I had always had the aerosol spray applied to deaden the area, I replied "spray" (it made the area feel very cold, I recall).

My oncology group also had, however, a take-home cream to apply to the port area to prevent issues.  It was used by some patients as an alternative to the spray.  I would think that most likely your nurse would be familiar with this product. If not, I could call and ask about it.

max

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Hi Rocquie,

 Every so often my port will itch, so to avoid scratching or rubbing it, I apply a small dab of Neosporin and then cover with a small spot bandaid. I think mine gets irriated by certain clothing, but I'm just guessing. Hope the itch is short lived. Love....Sue

(Follicular NHL-stg-grd2-typA-Dx 6/10-age 63) In remission

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Rocquie
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Jim--Yee Haw. 

Max, that is very sweet of you to offer to call about the numbing cream. I'll ask my nurse about it.

Sue, the itch is gone, but the sweaters I was wearing surely didn't help. As you suggested, I covered it and at least it kept me from scratching it.

Last but not least, thank you to John (I know you are reading) for giving me the heads up about that spray!

Best to all,

Rocquie

 

po18guy
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The night before, I apply OTC cortisone cream to the area that the port dressing will contact. The morning of, I apply Benadryl cream  to that same area. That seems to handle all concerns about itching. As well, some of the wipes that the RNs use to help peel the dressing off contain naphtha - a flammable pertoleum distillate(!). From the Wiki: "a component of natural gas condensate or a distillation product from petroleum,coal tar, or peat boiling in a certain range and containing certain hydrocarbons. It is a broad term covering among the lightest and most volatile fractions of the liquid hydrocarbons in petroleum. Naphtha is a colorless to reddish-brown volatile aromatic liquid, very similar to gasoline." Surprised

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