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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Treatment For Keloids

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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?

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

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Keloids (Definition)

Hypertrophic scarring. More common in certain ethic groups. See dermatologist or facial ...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 the treatment for keloid doctor?

What s the treatment for keloid doctor?

Stepwise approach: Avoidance of injury, pressure, massage, silicone gel sheeting, steroid injections, 5fu injections, surgery and/or radiation therapy are used in the management of keloids (roughly in that lprogression). Laser therapy is controversial. ...Read more

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I have keloid. Please suggest effective treatment for it?

I have keloid. Please suggest effective treatment for it?

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

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Hi, i have keloids on my chest, i'd like to ask for best treatment. Thanks!

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

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How can I prevent keloid from forming? Is there any medication or treatment that can prevent keloids from forming? This is for a child.

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

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I am suffering from keloids on my skin, their number increasing rapidly.Please suggest me the treatment for permanent cure of keloids?

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

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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?

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

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Best treatment for keloids?

Best treatment for keloids?

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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What is the cause and treatment for keloid?

What is the cause and treatment for keloid?

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

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Will pemp treatments help a keloid? If so how often should I get a treatment?

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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What is the typical cost for a keloid treatment? Is this covered by insurance?

What is the typical cost for a keloid treatment? Is this covered by insurance?

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

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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 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

Many options: Excision is best way to remove a keloid but re growth is possible. Attempts to use pressure (compression), steroids, and radiation have all been used with variable success. ...Read more

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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

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Please help docs! is solumedrol (methylprednisolone) effective as a treatment for keloids?

Please help docs! is solumedrol (methylprednisolone) effective as a treatment for keloids?

Steroids help: Steroid injections to the keloid have been shown to help shrink and flatten the keloid. We typically use kenalog (triamcinolone) but 5-fu works as well. ...Read more

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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.

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.

See below: There are many possible treatments for keloids which range from medicine injections into the site to surgery to freezing them to radiation to laser treatments. Talk to your doctor about the possibilities. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Can you tell me about getting treatment for keloid on chest by laser co2 fractional yet?

Can you tell me about getting treatment for keloid on chest by laser co2 fractional yet?

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