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Keloids Treatment Piercing
Aspirin not helpful: Taking Aspirin is not going to help the keloid. ...Read more
Is there an otc cream/treatment that could help a very minor keloid on an ear piercing? Or is my only option to get steroid shots?
Small ear keloid: A small keloid can be very effectively reduced with a dilute injection of appropriate steroid. It would be a first choice, unless a prior injection was unsuccessful. Often, the cause of these keloids can be the metal punch used to create the ear hole, The hole could be ragged, trap skin cells, or scar from poor care. It occurs in all skin types, but creams are not effective. ...Read more
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
We don't really know: Why someone gets a keloid. There needs to be some sort of injury or reason for irritation in a person with that tendency. Treatments include, steroid injection, pressure therapy, excision, and radiation. Discuss this with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Keloids.: Two options here. One would be steroid injections into the keloids, hoping they shrink over the long term. This is not always effective. Second, they can be cut out, but the problem would be that the healing from the resection of a keloid can, of course, produce another keloid. Discuss with Dermatologist, but may be wise to just leave them be. ...Read more
How can I prevent keloid from forming? Is there any medication or treatment that can prevent keloids from forming? This is for a child.
Information: Keloids always occur as a result of inflammation with some type of scab such as with pimples from any cause, or scratches, or surgical wounds. Pressure with or without silicone may help. Sometimes topical seroids can help in older children (late teens), injectable steroids may be of value. There are severl over the counter preparations which also help. The is no 100% preventive measure. ...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
I have a keloid on my back. 8 months ago I got shots to make it shrink. It got smaller but is back and painful or itchy. What is the best treatment?
Repeat injections: Intralesion corticosteroid injection, such as triamcinilone, remain the most effective non-surgical treatment for keloids and are also fo benefit to prevent new keloid formation following surgical removal. Most likely your keloid is back because the injection treatment was stopped once a good response was noted but before the keloid had been fully treated. Additional injections may be needed. ...Read more
Multiple options: Treatment depends upon the exact nature of the scar, its location and what prior treatments have been tried. Options may be as simple as injections of medicines that "dissolve" scar tissue to surgical removal of the scar followed by use of radiation treatments that help prevent recurrence. Compression of the scar, if feasible, can also improve it and is often used after surgery. ...Read more
What is a "PEMP"?: See a dermatologist if you are serious about reducing a keloid. Nothing without a dr's help will be effective for a significant keloid. ...Read more
Usually covered: Depends on procedure used and the DR's attitude. It is usually such a simple procedure that I charge only for brief office visit. Responses, number of treatments, and specific types of treatment vary. ...Read more
What treatment for keloids has a least chance of regrowth? Concerned with getting it as small as possible with a low chance of growing back not removal
What are the causes of keloids in a 5yr girl. What are the treatment options. It started in 2 mnth now. Thanks?
See Your Doctor: Keloids are caused by benign overgrowth of tissue of the skin following injuries eg. Cuts, surgical scars, & more. Occurs more commonly in darker-skinned people; causes cosmetic deformity over area of a healing skin wound. Treatment is challenging: cortisone injections, surgery, laser, pressure & more with varying success. See doctor for correct diagnosis and possible referral to a Dermatologist. ...Read more
Is there any treatment for keloid scars? Or medication to ease rhe pain, they are very painful, like electrical discharges. I have them on my back.
Can you tell me good treatment for keloid scaring, but is there any evidence that solu-medrol (methylprednisone) i.M can help reduce the look of them?
Many treatments....: There are many treatments for keloids: surgical removal, usually accompanied by steroid injection postoperatively, low dose radiation, and pressure (usually for earlobe keloids in combination with surgery.) we have had good luck with surgery and steroid injections and that is generally my recommended treatment. See a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss the option in your case. ...Read more
Can you tell me some good treatment for keloid scaring, but is there any evidence that solu-medrol (methylprednisone) i.m can help reduce the look of them?
Many treatments....: There are many treatments for keloids: surgical removal, usually accompanied by steroid injection postoperatively, low dose radiation, and pressure (usually for earlobe keloids in combination with surgery.) We have had good luck with surgery and steroid injections and that is generally my recommended treatment. See a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss the options in your case. ...Read more
Keloids: Depending on the size of the keloid you I tend to excise them and/or inject with steroid. I personally have ablated keloids with an Erbium and CO2 laser but without much long term success. Fractional CO2 for a smaller keloid or hypertrophic scar may be beneficial, but if it is fairly large I'd excise it. Good luck ...Read more
I have keloids on my chest. They are painful + growing. Past effective treatment combined steroid shots + laser. What should I do now?
Depends: If you truly have a keloid there is really not much any of the topical scar treatments can offer. A keloid scar is one that has growth larger than the original site of "injury." they can arise from prior surgery or even trivial injuries like an insect bite. Before you spend too much money on over-the-counter remedies I would see a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more
I may have true keloid on nose, not sure. Is there any treatment/cream that would work on it with lowest recurrence? Cryotherapy maybe? Thanks
No: A true keloid will only get worse with additional trauma such as cryotherapy. Injection of medicines that dissolve scar tissue as well as inhibit its formation can sometimes be helpful. The option of surgical removal should be followed with several radiation treatments to help prevent recurrence. ...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
Best treatment for keloid type of scar. I had a surgery to remove my left damaged submandibular gland about 3 weeks ago.?
Not keloid: If your surgery was only 3 weeks ago, then you probably do not have a keloid. Scars are thickest by 6 weeks and will not soften until after that point. That is why we encourage people not to do scar revisions for a while. Use massage and soften the scar, protect from sun and it will probably look much better in a few weeks. ...Read more
How can I break up collagen deposits on my skin that has resulted in hard keloid masses? I cannot afford to see a dermatologist for treatment.
Aloe: Aloe is a good thing to try. It can soften skin and scar tissue. ...Read more