How is a Keloid Different From Other Scars?
Keloids – you may have heard of them, or you may have not. To those of you affected by them, you will already be fully aware about what a keloid scar is; But keloids can be little known to those who have never themselves experienced them, or have known anyone with a keloid. Common places they appear include the ears, chest, back, neck and shoulders.
To those unaware, you may think of a keloid as a type of scar and you would be right. However, the difference between keloids and other scars is that they grow, because the skin tissue does not recognise that the affected area has healed. Keloids are often lumpy in appearance and, more often than not, do not stop growing.
Effects on the Keloid Sufferer
When a keloid is in a prominent place, as it grows it can affect somebody in many different ways. This is not only due to physical discomfort, including itchiness, soreness and sensitivity: More than this, it can affect somebody’s confidence and even their mental health. Many keloid sufferers feel self-conscious when among a lot of people and can feel that they don’t want to socialise much.
Features of a Keloid
These distinctive features of a keloid can have more of a long-term effect for the sufferer and often cause some discomfort:
A keloid is an on-going growth of scar tissue caused by a change in the skin’s make-up.
The reasons for the change could be due to either a cut, scratch or a burn, for example. It occurs when the body doesn’t recognise that the skin has healed and either grows more collagen tissue than it should or doesn’t stop building it in the affected area. This can occur over a long period of time and not immediately after the accident.
The most common area for growth is on the neck, shoulders, chest and ears.
According The London Dermatology Centre, these are the areas that medical specialists most commonly see keloids affect their patients. The reasons these parts of the body are affected by keloids more than others are unknown.
Keloids mostly affect people from an Asian or African Country.
Of everyone affected by a keloid, those most affected more commonly originate from, or their family originate from, an African or Asian country, or people with a darker skin tone. The reasons behind this are unknown by scientists and medical professionals.
The impact on an individual can be both physical and psychological.
Where keloids appear large or bumpy, this can cause sensitivity, itching or pain to the affected individual. It can sometimes also reach the point where the keloid is so big that it makes the individual feel self-conscious and impact on them wanting to go out or take part in social activities.
There is no cure for keloids.
However, there are different treatments available, some of which work for some keloid sufferers but not for others. Treatments can range from natural herbs or essential oils, to more medical treatments or surgeries carried out in hospital (more on these later). For remedies you can try at home, it is a case of trial and error to see which are most effective for you.