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How can I reduce pain from a wound or incision?

Dr. Francis X. Downey, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

If your incision or wound is painful, you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) as recommended by your doctor to reduce pain. Follow the instructions on the bottle. If your doctor has prescribed pain medicine, take it as ordered. Also, as the wound heals, it may begin to itch.

You can usually reduce pain from a wound or incision with over-the-counter medications.

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