Keloids

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A keloid is an overgrowth of scar tissue that develops around a wound. The cause is not known but its more common in people who have darker skin. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about keloids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A keloid is a growth of extra scar tissue where the skin has healed after an injury. Keloids can form after skin injuries from:

Acne

Burns

Chickenpox

Ear piercing

Minor scratches

Cuts from surgery or trauma, or

Vaccination sites

The problem is more common in people ages 10 to 20, and in African Americans, Asians and Hispanics. Keloids often run in families. A keloid will tan darker than the skin around it if exposed to sun during the first year after it forms.

A keloid may be flesh-colored, red or pink; lumpy or ridged; and tender and itchy. Keloids often do not need treatment. If the keloid bothers you, they can be reduced in size by treatments such as corticosteroid injections, freezing, laser treatments, radiation, surgical removal, or silicone gel or patches.

Keloids usually are not harmful to your health but they may affect how you look. In some cases, they may become smaller, flatter and less noticeable over time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.