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Keloids are benign (noncancerous), fibrous skin tumours. They are most common in people with darker skin and people usually develop them between the ages of 10 and 30. Both men and women are equally likely to have keloids.The symptoms of Keloids include:
• Flesh-colored, red, or pink
• Located over the site of a wound or injury
• Bumpy or ridged
• Tender and itchy
• Irritated from friction such as rubbing on clothing
HOW IS KELOID DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is rather simple with a physical examination to evaluate the condition. A biopsy may be needed to rule out any complications.
HOW IS KELOID TREATED?
keloid treatments include:
• corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
• moisturizing oils to keep the tissue soft
• using pressure or silicone gel pads after injury
• freezing the tissue to kill skin cells
• laser treatments to reduce scar tissue
• radiation to shrink keloids
DID YOU KNOW?
Treatment of the keloid is quite tricky. The keloid is basically a body’s natural response to a wound to if it is removed surgically, the body may react and further create a keloid that may be larger than the previous one.