About Keloids

by jake on June 10, 2012


Keloids come up on the areas of the skin where wounds have initially appeared. When the wound has already healed, it gets covered with something called type III collagen. After a while, the type III collagen is replaced by type I collagen. At the end of the day, the place so affected by this skin condition becomes rather rubbery and hard. The hardness is so much felt to the extent that the person affected may find it considerably difficult to even move his hands at the joints or wherever the Keloids formed. Aside the fact that this skin defect can make movement rater impossible, it can also be very itchy. The pain felt is something that mere words may not be able to describe.

Its Special Appearance

Keloids is not among the contagious group of skin conditions. It is completely non-contagious and aside this, it is completely benign. This means it will never lead to any problem on the skin of the person affected. Because of this, many individuals who are having it may not even bother to get it removed at all; since nothing like cancer will ever develop from it. But if not for the pain, no one will be bothering about it. When you see anyone attempting to remove Keloids, it is simply because of the pain. Its appearance on the skin can also make the skin look rater disfigured in that particular area. Another disturbing thing about this skin condition is that it can even expand beyond the region of the original wound.

Possible problems with keloids

It is true that Keloid does not have any problem and is benign. But there are time something can go awry. The area may get infected if something is not done to assuage the pain on time. When this occurs, the area covered by the skin condition becomes ulcerated.

How to treat keloids 

Several treatment methods had been used on Keloids. Some of them had given very great results, while other had resulted badly at the end of the day. A very good example of the treatment method that had been implemented is surgery. But this tends to have some negative effect on the Keloid; up to 50% of those who had surgery end up with the area of surgery redeveloping into Keloids.  In order to completely remove this possibility, laser had been used extensively and it had shown good sign of helping with the skin problem.

 

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