When the skin is injured, fibrous tissue forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, these tissues grow excessively forming a hard growth which is known as Keloid. While Keloid can be much larger than the original wound, they are mostly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes and cheeks. The symptoms of Keloid include an itchy patch of skin, a lumpy area of skin that’s usually raised and an area that continues to grow larger with scar tissues over time.
HOW IS KELOID DIAGNOSED?
The general physician can diagnose a keloid based on physical observation. The doctor may evaluate the severity of the injury and ask questions about how the injury occurred. If the growth of keloids is rapid and is accompanied by other symptoms, then the doctor may perform a skin biopsy to rule out other diseases.
HOW IS KELOID TREATED?
Since Keloid is the result of the body’s attempt to repair itself, it can grow back again after being removed. While Keloids are treated by applying dressings and pads, however, in a severe case, the doctor may recommend surgery to remove it.
DID YOU KNOW?
Keloids are not harmful, but cause cosmetic concerns.