Keloid is otherwise known as a keloidal scar. Keloids are formed as thick outgrowths along with the scar tissue in the site of a healed wound. Keloids cause itchiness and pain during growth. Acne scars, burns, scratches, and surgical incision sites can have keloid growths. Corticosteroid shots, cryotherapy, and laser therapy help to remove keloids.

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Do I have a chance to clear the bumps on the earlobes and repierce it again?

Query: Hi. I pierced my earlobes two years ago, and it formed two hard bumps INSIDE both earlobes exactly where the piercings are. My piercings sometimes flare up, the bumps get bigger, bloody and very painful even while wearing the same earrings in weeks of no flare up. It usually takes about 2 weeks to...  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello Welcome to Hope you are keeping safe. 1) I understand your concern. If you are talking about inflammation and redness, then you need to take specific oral antibiotics, a small course of it for the inflammation to subside. 2) Another possibility to rule out is a Keloid formatio...  Read Full »

Why is my wife not able to bend her knee after months of tibia fracture?

Query: My wife fell while going on bike she fell with her knees in front direction,she has got the injury on knees and elbow ,palm and now it has been almost 3 months and it's not completely healed. She has gone for x ray and x ray report revealed she has got fracture in her hairline tibia. She is taking ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathish Kumar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, I have gone through your description and your photos.. It looks like a keloid information at your injured areas.. Keloids are larger than usually formed scars which occurs in certain people.. They usually remain as such.. If you want to reduce it for cosmetic reasons, you need to visit a Der...  Read Full »

Can keloid develop on a cartilage ear piercing?

Query: Should I go to the doctor if I have a keloid on my cartilage ear piercing? Started a few days ago, to swollen to keep piercing in and it hurts a lot.  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi! A keloid does develop over pierced cartilagenous areas of the ear. It takes approximately 2 months for a keloid to form in the pierced region and if often painless. The swelling you have developed could be due contact dermatitis due to which the area has got inflammed and tender. You can co...  Read Full »

Why does my husband have a scar on his chest?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband has got a scar on his chest following a pimple. Now, I feel that the size of the scar has become bigger than it was before. It is not painful, but he feels itchy sometimes. He has the scar for around three years now. He has a family history of keloid in his maternal grandmother...  Read Full »

Dr. Mangesh Baliram Danej

Cardiologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems to be keloid especially if it is associated with pain, itching or increased sensations. Treatment is mainly comprised of local injection of steroid alone, namely Triamcinolone and in resistant cases along with 5-Fluorouracil. They are repeated on a monthly basis ...  Read Full »

What could be a pink spot on penis that bleeds after sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I need to see why this spot on my penis shaft is there. It looks some parts are getting pink color. Also, the foreskin when I get exposed after sex sometime my foreskin get torn and bleeds sometimes. What are the causes? I am attaching some images as well.  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please do attach the photos, so I can guide you through this.  Read Full »

What is the dark bump like spot in front of my tragus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a dark bump like spot in front of tragus. Ever since I have noticed this small bump it has got flattened and less puffy. I have some other spots too. I guess it is not a keloid. I went to a facialist and she stated it as not a pimple. I just need a clarification of what they are? W...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and I do understand your concern. There is a nodule in front of your tragus, on the side of your cheek; which may be an acne cyst or nodule left behind...  Read Full »

What can be done to avoid irritation and rubbing of keloid on chest?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a keloid I guess at the center of my chest from past one year and a new one developed since a few months back. I took treatment but was not effective. I used to take Isotretinoin capsules daily and apply Clobkare cream. One major problem I face with them is they rub against the sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Golla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Keloids are a type of scars which itches or irritates when something touches it. Do not apply any tapes or plaster because if you try to remove the tape you will pluck your hair which in turn induce keloid formation. You can plan for intralesional Triamcinolone injectio...  Read Full »

I had a pimple which has become an outgrowth like structure. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,One month ago, I had a pimple on my cheek. I scratched it due to itching. And after it almost started to harden I again scratched it. Now it has become an outgrowth like structure and looking bad after shaving. Kindly give a suitable medication for this.  Read Full »

Dr. Sreelakshmi S

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Although the photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is not clear enough to distinguish from a wart or keloid, from your history it seems to be a keloid from a pimple you scratched. The prognosis of the keloid is often unpredictable, but quite often ...  Read Full »

Can scald burns lead to keloid formation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 15-year-old male. Two months ago, I suffered second and third-degree accidental burns to my leg from scalding hot water. Burns have healed but the skin remains discolored. What are the risks going forward? Can keloids be formed and what procedures can be done in the future to i...  Read Full »

Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

Cosmetologist, General Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are more to second degree deep burns. Scald burns heal very efficiently. However, there is a little bit higher incidence of keloid formation. That explains your doubt. But n...  Read Full »

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