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If you grow a keloid should you take the earring out? could it get worse if left on?

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Dr. Mark Burke
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Yes.: I would remove the earring and would be reluctant to have any more piercings. Usually first line treatment is steroid injection. If this fails, another option is excision with use of a compression earring with silicone lining for at least 1 year after, even then there is risk of recurrence and it can actually end up worse in some cases. See a plastic surgeon, ent, or dermatologist.

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