A Keloid is a pathological, tumor like scar formation on skin that spreads beyond the original injury and does not regress spontaneously.
A keloid scar is a type of hypertrophic scar with mainly type I and some type III collagen which results in an overgrowth of tissue at the site of a healed skin injury. Keloids are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules, and can vary from pink to flesh-colored or red to dark brown in color. A keloid scar is benign, non-contagious, and usually accompanied by severe itchiness, sharp pains, and changes in texture. In severe cases, it can affect movement of skin. (Keloids should not be confused with hypertrophic scars, which are raised scars that do not grow beyond the boundaries of the original wound.)
A keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time.
The causes which lead to the development of keloid scar are not known. The factors which play a primary role are certainly represented by traumatic events of various types, esp in individuals genetically predisposed. Various cutaneous lesions can induce the formation of Keloid tissue: surgical operations, lacerations, burns, abrasions, tattoos, vaccinations, injections, insect bites and stings and in general any process which determines a phlogosis of the skin (chickenpox, acne, folliculitis, herpes zoster), the so called “spontaneous” keloids appear after microtraumas, often not even recognized/noticed by the patient, and are characterized by the enormous disproportion of the pathology with respect to the wound which caused it.
Secondary bacterial infection seems to increase the risk. Another important factor is skin tension, which could explain the frequent appearance of keloids in the pre-sternum region, the back, the ankles, deltoid regions and the scapular belt.
– Infection of operation wounds.
– Ear piercing.
– Vaccination site.
– Injection site.
– Mosquito bite.
– 10-30 years.
– Common in females.
– Common in blacks.
Diagnosis of Keloid Scar
A typical case is easy to recognize. A Keloid is at first a rubber like, red, later dark red, solid, often tender, smooth growth of connective tissue covered by the skin.
The size can vary from a very small one to the size of an orange.
A benign hypertrophic scar becomes soft and smaller within 6 months, whereas a Keloid does not.
Some cases occur in families.
– Develop very slowly, growing for several months.
– Chest, upper arms, back, sides of neck, ears.
– Itching and pain.
– Starts as nodules or plaque.
– Gradually enlarging.
– Firm consistency.
– Actively growing is red and itchy.
– Stable, long standing is dark brown.
– Irregular margins, with claw like extensions.
– Cosmetic disfigurement.
– May undergo malignant degeneration.
In subjects predisposed to formation of keloids:
– Avoid any kind of trauma.
– If surgery is essential, incision should be minimal.
– Avoid injections and ear pricking.
Keloid Treatment with Homeopathy
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat Keloid but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat Keloid that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following homeopathic remedies which are helpful in the treatment of Keloid:
Carcinosin, Graphites, Silicea, Alumina, Badiaga, Calendula, Causticum, Fluoric acid, Thiosinamin, Bellis P, Thuja, Calcarea flour, Carbo veg, Hypericum, Nitric acid, Sabina, Sulphuric acid, Sulphur, Tuberculinum, Radium brom, and many other medicines.