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Keloids (Definition)

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

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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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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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

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Hey. I wanted to ask about keloids treament, I have 3 keloids on my ears due to piercing. What should I go for please advice me?

Hey. I wanted to ask about keloids treament, I have 3 keloids on my ears due to piercing. What should I go for please advice me?

Not likely serious: This is either a hypertrophic scar or keloid and may benefit from pressure therapy and possible steroid injections with 5fu (fluorouracil) if unresponsive. If it is the former, it may be due to an allergy to one of the metals used and pure gold piercings tend to have a lower incidence. If it is a true keloid, you should avoid altogether. ...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 won't 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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What would happen if I re-pierce through a keloid on my ear?

What would happen if I re-pierce through a keloid on my ear?

It may come back: No one knows exactly why keloids form but they often follow piercings. If you have had a keloid treated most would adivse against re-piercing. If you insist then be sure to only use high quality jewelry made from 18k gold, or perhaps surgical steel or titanium. Avoid all costume jewelry. Beware that the keloid can come back or get bigger with any jewelry. ...Read more

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Could this bump on my ear be a keloid from my piercings?

Could this bump on my ear be a keloid from my piercings?

Yes: Mostlikely, it is a keloid and can be safely ignored unless it's painul or growing. ...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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There is a keloid inside my earlobe. How do I fix it? What will happen if it stays in my ear? What exactly is it?

There is a keloid inside my earlobe. How do I fix it? What will happen if it stays in my ear? What exactly is it?

Keloid: Keloid is basically a form of scar which is basically excessive healing tissue accumulating in a place where there was a wound. It's not malignant but it does not usually resolve on its own. There are various forms of removing it but one of the most common is intralesional steroid injection in order to make it smaller. There are other modalities that can be used as well. See a dermatologist for this. ...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
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Is getting your ears pierced for the first time at for my 14 year old risky if you have a family history of keloids?

Can be: Those at greatest risk will be people who have formed keloids elsewhere in the past. In general, darker complexions are at greater risk than the general population. If you decide to proceed, make sure it is done by a professional using sterile technique to minimize risk. ...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