What are keloid scars?

A Keloid is the formation of a type of scar which, depending on its maturity. It is a result of an overgrowth of granulation tissue at the site of a healed skin injury which is then slowly replaced by collagen. Keloids are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules, and can vary from pink to the colour of the patient’s flesh or red to dark brown in color. A keloid scar is benign and not contagious, but sometimes accompanied by severe itchiness, pain, and changes in texture. In severe cases, it can affect movement of skin. Keloid scars are seen 15 times more frequently in highly pigmented ethnic groups than in Caucasians.

What Causes the Condition?

Most skin injury types can contribute to keloid scarring. This includes:

  • acne scars
  • burns
  • chickenpox scars
  • ear piercing
  • scratches
  • surgical cuts
  • vaccination sites

What Are Symptoms of Keloids?

Keloids occur from the overgrowth of scar tissue; symptoms will occur at a site of previous skin injury.

Symptoms include:

  • area that is flesh-colored, pink or red in color
  • a lumpy or ridged area of skin
  • an area that continues to grow larger with scar tissue over time
  • itchy patch of skin

Keloid scars tend to be larger than the original wound itself. They may take weeks or months to fully develop.

Prevention of Keloid

The best treatment is prevention in patients with a known predisposition. This includes preventing unnecessary trauma or surgery (including ear piercing, elective mole removal), whenever possible. Any skin problems in predisposed individuals (e.g., acne, infections) should be treated as early as possible to minimize areas of inflammation.

Homeopathic Treatment for Keloid

At Kanakaveda Keloids are very well treated with homeopathy. No surgical procedure is required. No injections are given. No creams or lotions are applied. Only oral medications are given without any diet restrictions. After starting the treatment, the Keloids starts to shrink slowly. One more advantage of homeopathic treatment is that it removes the tendency of having recurrent Keloids.