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Article Home Skin Disorders Keloids

Keloids

A keloid is a patch of excessive scar tissue that may form following a skin injury. Occasionally scars enlarge spontaneously to form firm, smooth, hard growths called keloids.

Causes

  • Acne
  • Burns
  • Chickenpox
  • Ear piercing
  • Minor scratches
  • Surgical cuts
  •  Traumatic wounds
  • Vaccination sites

Signs & Symptoms

  • Flesh-colored, red, or pink skin lesion over the site of a wound or injury
  • Lumpy (nodular) or ridged
  • The lesion may itch while it is forming and growing

Treatment

Keloids often do not need treatment. They may be reduced in size by

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • External pressure
  • Freezing (cryotherapy)
  • Laser treatments
  • Radiation

Surgical removal

Keloids may be cosmetically embarrassing. Keloids may continue growing for many years Surgical removal is rarely required.