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Over The Counter Treatment For Keloids
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
What is the best over the counter medication/product that will get rid of keloids caused by acne on my chest ?
OTC Keloid TX?: NONE! See a surgeon to evaluate..Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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