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An irregularly shaped, elevated mark on the skin caused by deposits of excessive amounts of collagen during wound healing. It extends beyond the original boundaries of the wound and may enlarge progressively.

Symptoms of Keloid

The following features are indicative of Keloid:
  • redness
  • located over the site of a wound or injury
  • lumpy or ridged
  • tender and itchy
  • irritated from friction such as rubbing on clothing

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Common Causes of Keloid

The following are the most common causes of Keloid:
  • acne
  • burns
  • chickenpox
  • ear or body piercing
  • minor scratches
  • cuts from surgery or trauma

Other Causes of Keloid

The following are the less common causes of Keloid:
  • vaccination sites

Risk Factors for Keloid

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Keloid:
  • dark complexions
  • skin trauma
  • African descendant
  • earlobe piercing

Prevention of Keloid

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Keloid. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid ear piercing
  • avoid elective mole removal

Occurrence of Keloid

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Keloid cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Extremely rare less than 1000 cases

Common Age Group

Keloid can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Keloid can occur in any gender.

Doctor for Diagnosis of Keloid

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Keloid:
  • Surgeon
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Keloid if untreated

It is not know if Keloid causes complications if left untreated.

Procedures for Treatment of Keloid

The following procedures are used to treat Keloid:
  • Surgery: To excise keloid lesions
  • External beam radiotherapy (SRT): To remove the keloid lesions

Self-care for Keloid

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Keloid:
  • Avoid piercing: Helps to prevent keloid

Patient Support for Treatment of Keloid

The following actions may help Keloid patients:
  • Support and advocacy groups: Helps to connect with other patients and families to provide valuable services

Time for Treatment of Keloid

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Keloid to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 3 months

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Keloid.

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