A keloid is a growth of extra scar tissue where the skin has healed after an injury. A keloid scar is sometimes confused with a hypertrophic scar. However, keloid usually grows beyond the borders of the original wound whereas in a hypertrophic scar the tissue stays within the wound border.
Keloids can form after skin injuries from
- Ear piercing
- Vaccination sites
- Minor scratches
- Cuts from surgery or trauma
A keloid may be:
- Flesh-colored, red, or pink
- Lumpy (nodular) or ridged
- Irritated from friction such as rubbing on clothing
- Located over the site of a wound or injury
- Tender and itchy
A keloid will tan darker than the skin around it if exposed to sun during the first year after it forms. The darker color may not go away.
- Clinical examination: The diagnosis is made by just looking at the lesion and enquiring about the history of skin injuries.
- Skin biopsy: It may be required to differentiate with other skin tumors.
Keloid scars are more common in people with darker skins, especially African-American races. The peak age is 10-30 years and keloids are less common at the extremes of age. There may be a family history of tendency to develop keloids.
Keloids usually are not harmful to your health but they may affect how you look. In some cases, they may become smaller, flatter, and less noticeable over time.
Keloids are treated well with homoeopathy. After starting the treatment, the keloid starts to shrink slowly. It reduces itching & painfulness. One more advantage of homeopathic treatment is that it removes the tendency of having recurrent Keloids. Moreover all homeopathic medicines are safe, natural, easy to administer and without any adverse effects..
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