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Cures For Keloids
Keloid treatment: There is no "cure" for keloids. Keloids can be problematic, particularly if enlarging, are painful or itch, or ulcerated and bleed. For small ones silicone sheeting or gels may help decrease redness and height, but there is very little you can do on your own. Treatment typically requires steroid injections, excision with repair, or a combination of both. ...Read more
Really none.: If you have a true keloid scar the best first line treatment is steroid injection. If that fails to improve the keloid to your satisfaction the next option is excision which comes with very high recurrence rates (and can come back worse than the original) and a postop regimen of silicone, pressure, and in severe cases even radiation treatment. See a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more
I am suffering from keloids on my skin, their number increasing rapidly. Please suggest me the treatment for permanent cure of keloids?
No permanent cure: Good treatents are available but unfortunately there isn't a permanent cure for keloids. They are a result of abnormal scar healing caused by trauma or injury to the skin. Common causes are surgery, cuts, ear piercings, shaving, but can also result from acne breakouts and insect bites. Avpid itching, rubbing, scratching, or anything that can cause irritation of the keloid which makes it worse. ...Read more
Is there any cure for keloid? I have a keloid on my chest because of acne. How to clear the acne on my chest? If I use BP it will only prevent it.
Manage acne.: I am sorry your acne was not cared for as it should have been and you got scarred. You cannot cure it, and you will need more than benzoyl peroxide to keep trunk acne under control. Ask your physician about adding an antibiotic. A specialist can remove the keloid when your acne is under control. Results are so so. ...Read more
Keloids: When a keloid forms the collagen is abnormally layed down causing the lesion to grow outside of the scar. Siilicone is good for fresh scars and hypertrophic scras however kenalog (triamcinolone) injections into the keloid is a good first round treatment option. This is routinely performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologist. ...Read more
Mixed results: Keloids are over-exuberant scarring phenomena and are seen more often in people with darker skin; so there can be some hereditary aspect to the pathology. Many treatment modalities have been used from application of pressure, to intra-lesional steroid injection, to excision, and even to radiation therapy. While keloids do not spread like a cancer, even with the above treatments that can regrow. ...Read more
It is unknown exactly what the cause or trigger for this abnormal scarring process is.
Delicate handling of the tissue, removable sutures and good would and incision care are the first line of treatment.
If you are forming keloids your doctor may recommend using silicone sheets or may choose to inject a steroid into the scar.
There are some newer treatments such as Imiquimod that are effective. ...Read more
Keloid Treatment: Keloids are "overhealing" outside of the area of actual trauma. They can be helped by injections of an anti-metabolite, 5 flourouracil, done every few weeks in the office to help soften and shrink them sometimes they have to be irradiated or excised. Nd-yag laser tx's and topical silicone can help take the redness out. Laser kills hair follicles, that may be a source of inflammation ; growth. ...Read more
I am going to disney world and I have a keloid scar in my Achilles tendon. Are there ways to cure this?
Steroid Injections: If this is a true keloid scar, you can get improvement in the appearance of the scarring by flattening it out with serial steroid injections. I like to use kenalog (triamcinolone) 10 and have the patients come in at monthly intervals, usually about 3, for injections. Your scarring may be a hypertrophic scar instead of a keloid because it is in a location of motion. See your doctor for options. ...Read more
Yes: Surgical removal of a keloid is associated with a very high recurrence rate. However, when you combine surgery with other treatments, success rates are higher. Sometimes, you can combine excision with steroid injections or external beam radiation and have much higher rates of success. ...Read more
Keloids: Keloids can be considered to be "scars that don't know when to stop." a keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time. ...Read more
Scar Massage: Massage can never hurt a keloid, but may not do much either. However, massage can help an hypertrophic scar. The difference between a keloid and a hypertrophic scar is that a keloid is a tumor of collagen which is much larger than the original injury site. A hypertrophic scar is a thickened scar along an incision line. See a derm or facial plastic surgeon for the best treatment for you. ...Read more
Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! Close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential! ...Read more
Varies: It is difficult to remove a keloid surgically because it can grow back, or grow back larger than before. Keloids can be reduced in size by freezing, injections or lasr. In some keloids a combination of treatments are used with or without pressure to flatten the keloid and decrease the pain. ...Read more