Patient Comments: Keloid - Causes

What caused your keloid(s)?

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I am 14 and when I was 6 months old I had my ears pierced. It closed up by the time I was two and then I had them pierced again. I then developed keloids on both my ears where the old piercing was but the keloids never grew or anything. They were just swellings. Now I'm 14, they've started to hurt and feel hot.

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Comment from: Giovanna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I developed my first Keloid when I was 5 years old from my school vaccination. The year was 1965. My parents took me to a top plastic surgeon who treated it with cortisone. It took 15 years for it to be flat. For any surgeries in my life, I have had the surgeon consult with a plastic surgeon before the operation. Usually cortisone is injected at the time of surgery and then a Keloid is not formed. The scar tissue looks a little obvious but no Keloid. Now, does anyone know is LASER HAIR REMOVAL is possible with my type of Keloid skin? I want it for my face but am so scared to proceed. Thanks for any info.

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Comment from: kavita,Delhi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had five keloids on different parts of my body. I tried cortisol injections and surgery on two large keloids, but they grow back larger.

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Comment from: P. Lewis (Baltimore, MD), 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

Over 30 years ago, I had my ears pierced. After every surgery, the keloid grew back bigger and eventually down my face and under my chin. The injections did nothing but caused more pain. After 14 surgeries, I went to a radiation oncology doctor who performed radiation therapy on my face for five days immediately after they were removed surgically. It has been five years, and the keloids have NOT grown back. The area on my face where radiation therapy was given is smooth and flat. I get keloids easily, so I have had subsequent surgeries with radiation treatments performed on most of them. Ninety-five percent of the time it is effective.

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Comment from: Mike Sing, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

I sustained a burn from a hot iron on my lower back when I was 2 or 3. It was a pretty small and flat scar up until it turned keloid when I was in my mid 20's. It's amazing to me that after more than 20 years it has developed. I am now trying cortisone injections because it's incredibly itchy and sticks out and catches on things, which causes a huge amount of pain and bleeding. Not sure if the injections are doing much, but I will persevere for another few months.

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Comment from: newton59, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I am 20 years old and I got a severe case of Shingles of the left cranial nerve that affected the left side of my face. I was left with several scars on the edge of my upper lip and side of my nose. They remain painful to the touch and raised. I have had six treatments of Cortizone injections with little change. I am told not to have them cut off as they may grow back bigger. They are on such a prominent part of my face and I am very embarrassed by them.

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Comment from: toetuuai, Female Published: May 20

I am 18 years old right now and my keloids look like I was born with them before I had an injection. I only had one injection, and that really hurt a lot so I was scared of the next one but I still insisted I get one because the biggest one I have is right above my breast and attracts a lot of attention when I show it. There is another one behind my right shoulder but that doesn't bother me as much. My mother is a nurse and I've asked her again and again if I can get surgery to remove both keloids or at least the one on my chest, because I live in Samoa so it gets very hot at time and who wears clothes that covers your whole body in an island that feels like a 100 degrees.

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Published: March 16

I developed a keloid due to an injury on my chest. I had surgery to remove it and within 1 month, it reappears but even larger.

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