Patient Comments: Keloid - Causes

What caused your keloid(s)?

Comment from: kathologist, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

At first, it was acne on my breast. Then in 2002, I had open heart surgery and even after rubbing Vitamin E oil on it a few times a day did nothing. It's big red and ugly, and starts above most necklines on clothing, and of course, the ugliest part is at the top. I had my surgery at UCMED in SF. They would not help me with the scarring, let alone the severe depression that hit me two weeks later, but I am alive, and I am not vain. It's just that it's tender and annoying.

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Comment from: jay_dub65, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I had Major Open heart surgery Feb. of 2009. I have Developed a large very prominent scar about 12"in long and it is very sensitive and also very much an embarrassment. My Dr is having me apply a liquid potassium iodide to the scar.

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Comment from: John, 19-24 Male Published: June 30

I have a small keloid that is circular on my right arm. It was caused by having the Small Pox Vaccine before my deployment to Afghanistan. While other soldiers healed to a nice flat scar, I suffered of having the raised bump scar...the keloid. It's been 9 months since the shot and its still the same size; 3/4 of an inch in diameter.

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Comment from: pipc, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I have double piercings in both my ears and only the second set developed a keloid (one in each ear). Before I knew what keloid was and that apparently I'm prone to them, I had my belly button pierced. At first keloid formed at the bottom of the piercing and then faded over time. However, last week the piercing caught on a chair I was moving and tugged at the piercing just enough to create a minor tear. Now, I have a keloid forming and it is so unsightly, painful, and itchy.

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Comment from: luvn Jesus, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

My 13 year old daughter has developed a keloid on her right ear after an ear piercing that would not heal. We had the surgery but it has returned bigger. I am now desperate for a cure. We refuse to believe that with today's technology there is no doctor that can successfully remove a keloid permanently.

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Published: May 12

I originally got a keloid when I was 12 after I had my ears pierced...only on 1 ear lobe. I had it removed with surgery...It never came back. Had a C-section with my keloid. Had acne on my I have 2.. They really hurt and itch..I found that the itching subsides with cortisone cream or hydrocortisone. I have not revisited surgery because I am afraid that it will return.

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Comment from: Mrs.Undercontrol, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I first realized what keloids were after I had my chicken pox at the age of 12 years old which left 6 scares that continued to over heal that later caused the keloids. Since then I've had to deal with the constant itch and dramatic growth once I became pregnant, I have found that a steroid tape by the name of "CORDRAN TAPE" its been a life saver for me and it really works for big or small and will prevent new ones from starting if it is used right away after your wound heals. I hope this information help those that are desperate to get keloids under control.

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Comment from: Trinigirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

Hi, I am from Trinidad and Tobago and I have Keloids about my body that I'm longing to get rid of or flatten. I have had surgery done and they have increased sending out more. The one on my left breast is dangerously threatening to cover my nipple and this scares me.

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Comment from: Carlyle197, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

I got a deep cut on my finger and did not receive any stitches. Now my cut is about a month old it is not healing properly and growing flesh is protruding from the area affected.

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