How Do I Get Rid of Keloids?

Keloids on the ear may be common after ear piercings.
Steroid injections can help with keloid scar tissue.
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  • Last Modified Date: 04 August 2014
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After an injury to the skin occurs, some people develop raised lumps of collagen, called keloids, inside of the scar tissue. Keloids are often shiny, and they can be painful if they impede movement or continue to grow larger after healing. Several steps can be taken both medically and naturally to help get rid of keloids, ranging from brief, noninvasive treatments to much more involved procedures.

Keloids can appear anywhere on a person's body, but they are most likely to appear on the back, ears, chest, and shoulders. They can develop within the scar tissue of any injury or disruption to the skin, including piercings, bug bites, acne, and cuts. These types of scars can affect anyone at any age.

The application of pressure, tea oil, and vitamin E oil are some natural methods used to get rid of keloids. Applying pressure is usually recommended for keloids that develop as the result of acne or ear piercings. Tea oil and vitamin E oil can be applied several times a day to help get rid of them, too. Each of these natural methods takes time to work, so a person may not see results until weeks or even months after beginning the treatment.

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Steroid injections are typically the first medical treatment attempted to eliminate these scars. These injections are usually given once per month for about six months, after which the keloids have generally flattened down to the skin and become more difficult to see. Another option is silicon strips, which are applied like a bandage over the scar and left on for an entire day. Silicon creams are sometimes used to treat the symptoms that are associated with keloids, like burning, itching, and tingling pain.

To get rid of keloids with freezing treatment, liquid nitrogen is used. Freezing off a keloid often involves several treatments, usually about a month apart. In order for this treatment to be successful, many medical professionals recommend that a person take part in both freezing treatment and steroid injections. Although freezing the tissue may help, there is a chance that this treatment could permanently lighten the skin where the keloid was located.

Excision, or surgery, may be used if all other treatments are unsuccessful. This is typically a last resort because of the fear that the new surgical scar will develop a new keloid. In an effort to prevent new lesions, a steroid injection or radiation can be given after surgery.

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anon334968
Post 3

Pressure works best for earlobe keloids. I had one on my left ear when I was much younger. I noticed it when it was small, so I took the jewelery out so it wouldn't get too much bigger, then, just by massaging it whenever it itched, and by sleeping on my left side, with my arms under my pillow, so there was pressure on it as I slept, it gradually got smaller and smaller every day. Now it's gone. There is one on my right ear now because I tried to enlarge the hole too quickly, and it was fairly larger than the one I had on my left ear.

I got injections, since they say keloid scarring is worse when you're older. It stopped the keloid from growing and now I've been massaging it and sleeping on my right side and within weeks it's pretty much gone.

MrsPramm
Post 2

@croydon - Yeah, I don't think that ordinary stuff for getting rid of scars will work when you're trying to reduce a keloid scar. You pretty much either have to try and use some of the natural remedies, which aren't going to be that helpful if the keloids are large, or you have to go to the doctor.

Unfortunately, from what I understand, keloids are really difficult to remove. They will just grow back again if you try to remove them surgically, and might even grow back worse if you are unlucky. There are some terrible pictures of them online.

croydon
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My mother has some keloid growth around a scar left from some surgery. I don't think it looks that bad, but she's quite ashamed of it. It's just over her shoulder blade though, so most of the time it's fairly well hidden.

She says that the worst thing about it is the itching and that sometimes it can just itch so much she makes it sore by scratching it. The only thing that seems to make it feel better is to rub bio-oil onto it, which is this stuff that's supposed to help get rid of scars. I don't think it has faded my mother's scar, but it does help a lot with the itching.

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