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How to get rid of very large ear keloid?

How to get rid of very large ear keloid?

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

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Dr. Barry Press
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Keloids (Definition)

Hypertrophic scarring. More common in certain ethic groups. See dermatologist or facial ...Read more


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I had an ear keloid removed but there is still some keloid tissue within my ear. Is there are way to get rid of it?

I had an ear keloid removed but there is still some keloid tissue within my ear. Is there are way to get rid of it?

Unfortunately: since a keloid is a overgrown "scar" remocing it often just "generates" another scar..especially in people who are "prone" to keloid formation! I would suggest you consult a Board Certified Dermatologist with an "interest" in this condition! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Would it be ok to tie a rubber band around my ear keloid? I would make sure to keep it clean etc. Steroid shots and surgery haven't worked.

Would it be ok to tie a rubber band around my ear keloid? I would make sure to keep it clean etc. Steroid shots and surgery haven't worked.

No: Would not recommend this. High risk of an infection and the keloid will likely recur and may be even worse. Keloids are caused by abnormal inflammation and scarring after surgery or trauma (such as loping off part of your ear with a rubber band). Have you seen a plastic surgeon? ...Read more

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My ears developed keloids but cuts, injections, burns that i've gotten haven't. Are there any piercings that probably wont develop keloids?

My ears developed keloids but cuts, injections, burns that i've gotten haven't. Are there any piercings that probably wont develop keloids?

Avoid nickel : I have found that jewelry alloys containing nickel are more prone to keloid formation as opposed to pure gold or titanium jewelry. ...Read more

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Bottom hole and my lobes are fine. Could these ear bumps be keloids? How do I get rid of them?

Bottom hole and my lobes are fine. Could these ear bumps be keloids? How do I get rid of them?

Yes: Yes it could be, especially if you belong to a non-white race group. Keloids are far more common in darker skinned races, the darker, the higher the risk of it being a keloid. You can get silicone coated pressure stud earrings to reduce them, do not cut out, will grow larger! see my answers on treatment in this site. ...Read more

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What can I do or take to get rid of keloids from ear piercings?

What can I do or take to get rid of keloids from ear piercings?

Depends how bad: Minor ones can improve with steroid injections and pressure earrings. More severe ones will likely need surgical excision and external radiation to minimize the risk of it coming back. ...Read more

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I have problem with my left ear. It has a keloid on top of it. Need to remove. My problem is won't it come back again?

Certainly possible: Because you have the keloid, you have a greater possibility of recurrence If you decide to have it removed, make sure a Plastic Surg does it. There are some things that can be done with and just after the removal to decrease the recurrence rate, but there always the possibility of recurrence. ...Read more

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I got my ears pierced and got keloids i want a tattoo and i haven't had got keloids on other parts from getting deep cuts or scrapes should I get it?

I got my ears pierced and got keloids i want a tattoo and i haven't had got keloids on other parts from getting deep cuts or scrapes should I get it?

Keloids: Keloids can form after skin injuries from: acne, burns, chickenpox, ear piercing, minor scratches, cuts from surgery or trauma, vaccination sites, tattoos. Do not get the tattoo. ...Read more

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I got keloids from ear piercings 2x, they went down but i want either my navel or nose pierced. Which one would less likely develop a keloid?

Keloid prone: It appears that you are keloid prone and therefore you are tempting fate and likely to experience another adverse reaction. However, the truth, is that true keloids rarely go down and it is likely you are experiencing a reaction to the metal or a hypertrophic scar. ...Read more

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I got my ears pierced and got keloids but they went down. Cuts and burns i get on my body don't make keloids. Can i get a navel or nose piercing?

I got my ears pierced and got keloids but they went down. Cuts and burns i get on my body don't make keloids. Can i get a navel or nose piercing?

Increased risk : Clearly you are at higher risk for developing keloids. Your nose is probably less likely to develop this but only areas of specialized dermis are less prone to keloids. ...Read more

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Is there an otc treatment/cream for keloids on ear piercings? Also will sea salt soaks help it go down? Or is my only option a steroid injection??

Is there an otc treatment/cream for keloids on ear piercings? Also will sea salt soaks help it go down? Or is my only option a steroid injection??

Yes: If it is small, you can use compression earrings which are clip-ons with a large surface area that exceeds the diameter of the keloid. Try to get the king that have silicone surfaces in contact with the skin. These are avail. online & used to be marketed as Glori earrings. Better, combine this treatment with excision by a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What's a home remedies for a keloid on the ear?

What's a home remedies for a keloid on the ear?

Stepwise to keloids: The approach to keloids is nearly the same no matter where they occur: pressure, silicone sheeting, steroid injections, posssible 5 fu injections, possible intralesional excision, possible radiation therapy as well emerging or investigational immunotherapy treatments. ...Read more

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Can I peirce my ears in the location where I have keloids?

Only if u want more: I would not advise this. Obviously you have a predilection to develop keloids and this may increase the size of the existing keloid. I have seen some keloids due to allergic reactions so p, eased use a poor gold or titanium product devoid of nickel if you are determined to pierce. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which the keloids on the back your ears form?

What is the mechanism by which the keloids on the back your ears form?

Usually from trauma: In patients prone to forming keloids, any skin injury can lead to keloid formation. On the ear lobes this is usually from ear piercing. When these patients heal, their bodies form excessive scar tissue that results in a keloid scar. No one is exactly sure why certain patients get these scars and their behavior is unpredictable. ...Read more

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If i had keloids on my ears, does that mean i can't get a piercing anywhere else?

If i had keloids on my ears, does that mean i can't get a piercing anywhere else?

Maybe, maybe not...: Earlobe keloids are pretty common. In my experience, their presence does not predict that keloids will occur elsewhere on the body. ...Read more

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Can i get any other piercings on my body if have a keloid left from getting my ears pierced a few years ago?

Can i get any other piercings on my body if have a keloid left from getting my ears pierced a few years ago?

Keloid: Not recommended. You are prone to keloids. They can form with trauma in any par tof the body. This means that any piercing would put you at risk. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a keloid the size of a dimemaybe a tad bigger on my right ear that I'm trying to remove?

What to do if I have a keloid the size of a dimemaybe a tad bigger on my right ear that I'm trying to remove?

Keloid: Keloids can be treated with excision, steroid injections, pressure dressings and even radiation. You should seek consultation with a board certified surgeon with expertise in treating keloids. ...Read more