What Causes Keloids?
A surgery cut, piercing, skin burn, injury, acne, chickenpox, and many other conditions wound the skin cells to the innermost layer. And to heal these wounds, our skin produces an excess of collagen, which builds new tissues to seal the skin, and normalizes collagen production once the scar is healed. However, if this collagen keeps building up, the healing scar outgrows the wound and lumps into a keloid.
Keloids can grow into any size and shape, and a person who develops it once is deemed to get more of them upon future skin injuries. It is also believed that a specific gene may be responsible for keloid growth as people with keloid cases in the family are more prone to developing it.
They rarely occur in people with fair skin, which leads you to assume that it is more common in people with dark complexions. In fact, most cases of keloid occur in Asian, Latino, African, or other dark-skinned people who are between 10 to 30 years of age.
What Are The Symptoms For Keloid Development?
You can sense the keloid development once you know how to distinguish them from regular scars. With keloid scars, you’ll notice some distinct signs, such as:
- A scar that develops to be soft, pinkish, or red
- A growing lump over a healing wound
- Tenderness, itchiness, or burning over a scar
- Restricted movement caused by a scar located at the pit of a joint
How Does Dr. E Treat Keloid Scars?
Dr. Ebrahim suggests treating a keloid scar only when it appears to cause aesthetic or physical problems in a person. Though there is no specified solution for keloid treatment, it can be effectively reduced in appearance with the right medical and anesthetic medications.
Upon your visit, Dr. Ebrahim will first understand your expectations and analyze your keloid growth using advanced dermoscopy. Her modern keloid scar treatment includes a combination of topical, oral, or injectable medications with cryotherapy treatment to minimize the protruded appearance and prevent it from reoccurring for as long as possible. Being a highly experienced family physician, Dr. Ebrahim will also guide you with unique tips and guidelines to prevent further keloid growth in you and your kids, and achieve a smooth and supple skin.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not. Keloid bumps are nothing like cancer tumors and should not be associated with cancer. They are also not contagious.
Keloid scars have most commonly been observed to occur over ears, neck, shoulders, chest, and the back. But again, they can appear over any wound under any circumstances. They rarely appear over parts like the eyelid, genital, palm, or sole.
Keloids can appear as tiny irregular bumps over the skin, and if not treated in time, they can grow to be as large as a ball.
Most keloid growths are painless and feel just like normal skin. However, in rare cases, one might feel some pain, tenderness, or itchiness over it.