Common "Keloid" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


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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I had a pimple that I scratched and looks bad now. 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

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 th...  Read Full »

Does microneedling cause keloids?

Query: Hi doctor, When I was a teenager, I got severe acne on my chest. I put 95% ethyl alcohol on them for months every day, thinking I would treat them. Instead, it left me with keloid scars all over my chest. Four years later, last week, I went to do microneedling on my face. It was pretty harsh, and I...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are genetically predisposed to get keloids over your body, you can get it after some trauma to your skin, for example, burns, dermabrasion, and even chemical peeling.  Read Full »

Can keloid develop on a cartilage ear piercing?

Query: Hi doctor, Do I need to consult a doctor for having a keloid on my cartilage due to over-piercing? Before few days, my ears got swollen by piercing them. It hurts a lot.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A keloid develops due to overpiercing of the cartilaginous area of the ear. It takes around two months to form in the pierced region and they are painless. You have developed swelling due to contact dermatitis and so your area is inflamed and tender. You can follow this...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a keloid I guess at the center of my chest for the past year and a new one developed 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 shirt ...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Keloids are a type of scar that 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 induces keloid formation. You can plan for intralesional Triamcinolone injection a...  Read Full »

My burns have healed but are discolored. Will keloid form?

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 im...  Read Full »

Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect the patient's 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. B...  Read Full »

I have a keloid that does not go away. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have keloid scarring or brown scars. Is there any product you can recommend? I have tried different products with no success.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It looks like a keloid. You did not mention the place. Keloids are usually seen at the site of trauma and sometimes without it. When spontaneous, the most common site is the pre-sternal area over the chest. Intralesional steroid injecti...  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

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 by...  Read Full »

How to get rid of a raised incision scar on my nipple after a surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I had surgery for my gynecomastia a few years back, and the results were satisfying. However, I have noticed that the incision scar on the right nipple has become slightly raised and prominent with time. Is this normal? How can I control and reverse it? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Wani Parag Subhodh

Answer: Hello,Welcome to went through your query and understood your concern.It seems you have a keloid. It is due to excessive fibrous tissue, which can happen to anyone. The cause is genetic, or you have a tendency for hypertrophy of the scar. When the scar is raised and involves the surroun...  Read Full »

How to prevent small pus-filled pimples from scarring?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had small pimples filled with white pus. These tend to develop into bigger keloids, which are hard and sometimes itchy. These are now making me feel very uncomfortable, and I would like any treatment to get rid of them. Some are small, some are large, as in the pictures. Please...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a keloidal scar due to the overgrowth of granulation tissue, collagen at the healed skin injury site. Keloids are an excessive fibroblastic response to mechanical and or chemical injury. Genetic predisposition/keloidal tendency to develop keloid may be contribu...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor,I pierced my earlobes two years back. Now, there are two hard bumps formed inside my earlobes exactly where I have my piercing. Sometimes, it gets flared up and becomes bigger. Sometimes, I have some blood coming from it. It remains painful when I wear my earrings when I do not have a flar...  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. If you are having inflammation and redness, then you can take oral antibiotics to subside your inflammation. Another possibility to rule out in this case is a keloid formation. It is an uncontrolled growth of scar formation. If you are sur...  Read Full »

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