Have you ever had a scar? Many of us have and while typically your body knows to simply cover and protect the scar with collagen, sometimes the body doesn’t know when to stop. When too much collagen is produced and the area of scarring is now larger than the actual injured area, this is called Keloids.
What Causes Keloids?
Keloiding typically occurs on people who have darker-complexions, although this problem can happen to anyone. Keloids are basically benign tumors and are most commonly located near the lobes of the ear and on the shoulders.
This scar tissue can be extremely irritating and itchy. While it may feel that nothing can be done and they seem to happen so fast; there are many ways to get rid of Keloids safely and effectively.
Do It Yourself
There are a few things you can try in order to get your Keloids under control on your own, and they come in the form of gels that you apply directly to the affected area. Gels are great because you can use them at your convenience and they don’t leave a mess and aren’t noticeable when you are out and about.
Silicon sheets are commonly used and work best for scars that are fairly new. Doctors are not sure at this time exactly why or how they work, but many people have used them over the years. It is believe they help keep the skin hydrated and for some reason, the silicon helps to promote proper healing.
Anabolic treatments can be injected directly into the scar tissue.While this may not completely get rid of the Keloid, it is going to greatly reduce irritation, redness and pain. It is very possible that the scar is going to become smaller as well.
It is very common for Keloids to appear better and then come back with a vengeance; sometimes larger than ever. If this happens, you can get rid of the Keloids by having them surgically removed, pumped with steroids during treatment and radiation may need to be done as well.
After any Keloid surgery, it is very important to keep the affected area covered and protected; this will reduce the likeliness of return. In many cases, however, every few years the Keloids will return and will need to be removed once again.
Laser removal and cryosurgery are a couple more common ways of getting rid of Keloids. Cryosurgery is basically the same procedure used when you freeze off a wart.
As with any medical procedure, there may be some pain but if you want to get rid of the problem and have run out of options, this may be something you want to turn to.
When trying to get rid of Keloids, you may feel that the problem never ends but there are many options out there and things you can do. Do not be afraid to talk with your doctor about possible treatments.
Technology is constantly changing and you never know what they may come up with next; hopefully, a cure and a permanent removal for all patients.