Keloids(Skin Disease)

Angie Ramey 8th period

Keloids are:

1.) Raised overgrowths of scar tissue that occur at the site of a skin injury.

2.) Benign (NONCANCEROUS) fibrous skin tumours.

3.) an abnormal proliferation of scar tissue, as on the site of a surgical incision.


Keloids usually occur at the site of skin damage such as: acne, burns, chicken pox, cuts, insect bites, piercings, surgery, tattoos, and vaccinations.


Shiny, smooth and rounded skin elevations that may be pink, purple, or brown. Doughy or firm and rubbery to the touch, often feels itchy, tender or uncomfortable. If it is large and formed upon the joint then it can interfere with joint functions.


Removal with Conventional Surgery.

Dressings - moist wound coverings made of silicone gel sheets.

Corticosteroid Injections with Triamcinolone Acetonoid or another Corticosteroid medicine which will be repeated at intervals of 4 - 6 weeks.

Compression - using a bandage or tape to apply continuous pressure 24 hours a day for 6 - 12 months.

Cryosurgery - freezing treatment with liquid nitrogen every 20-30 days.

Radiation Therapy - increases the risk of cancer but reduces scar formation if used right after surgery when surgical wound is healing.

Laser Therapy - alternative to convential surgery.



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