Learn How to Identify, Prevent and Treat Ear Keloids

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Keloids in the ear are a healing disorder, which can arise due to several factors, such as the placement of piercings or earrings, for example. To find out more information about the problem and how to treat it, we consulted dermatologist Leonardo Abrucio (CRM: 66591), from BP – A Beneficência Portuguesa in São Paulo. Check out!

Learn How to Identify, Prevent and Treat Ear Keloids
Learn How to Identify, Prevent and Treat Ear Keloids

What is keloid and why does it appear?

According to the dermatologist, a keloid is a raised, dark-colored lesion that usually hurts or itches. “The keloid in the ear is an exuberant scar whose limit goes beyond the injury site”, points out Leonardo.

This type of problem appears due to some local trauma, such as wounds, cuts, new holes for earrings or piercings – which trigger an abnormal growth of the tissue to be healed.

5 questions answered by the dermatologist

There are a number of questions about keloids that appear frequently. Follow the dermatologist’s clarifications!

1. Does keloid hurt?

The keloid, associated with the size of the injury, can actually hurt or itch, it depends on each case.

2. If I take off the piercing or earring, will the keloid come out?

In most cases, when the earring or piercing is removed, the problem diminishes.

3. Can the keloid be hereditary?

The hereditary component is important and can interfere with the appearance of the keloid. In addition, if the person has had this problem at some time, they may have it again when undergoing surgery, cuts or injuries”.

4. What is the difference between a keloid and normal scars?

A hypertrophic scar is one that sits above normal skin and is the size of a surgical cut. The keloid scar is larger than the hypertrophic scar, presenting symptoms of pain and itching more exuberant than the other.

5. How to prevent keloids?

To prevent, one must undergo an appropriate surgical technique, with good asepsis to avoid infections. After surgery or the placement of earrings and piercings, it is recommended to avoid sun exposure and not scratching, in addition to not undergoing unnecessary surgery, such as removing a mole unnecessarily, for example, if there is a tendency to keloid.

If you have a piercing or earring and notice any irregularity, be sure to look for a specialist to indicate the most appropriate treatment! Below, we list some treatments that can be considered. Check out!

Ear Keloid Treatments

Treatments for keloids in the ear can be mainly topical or occlusive. See the explanations for the most suitable ones!

Corticosteroid-based treatments

Corticosteroid-based creams or ointments are indicated to deflate the region. According to the dermatologist, there are silicone gels and Diprogenta. The second has in its composition betamethasone dipropionate, which reduces the inflammatory process, and gentamicin, responsible for fighting the infectious process. “It is recommended to place the medication in the affected area and cover it to penetrate deeper into the skin”, points out Leonardo.

There are also occlusive treatments, such as Drenison Occlusive, which are tapes with anti-inflammatory components. These tapes act directly on the treated area, providing relief and improvement.

Ear Keloid Surgery

Leonardo explains that surgery for keloids should be performed if topical treatments with corticoids in the form of creams, such as Diprogenta, silicone gels, or Drenison Occlusive are not effective.

Indications to perform at home

According to Leonardo, there are no home treatments with proven results in the treatment of keloids in the ear. However, taking a cold compress helps to reduce the size of the keloid in the area.Maintaining care and always opting for a proper procedure when making a new hole in the ear is essential to avoid this problem, as well as seeking more information about your family’s history regarding post-surgery inflammation. If you suffer from this problem, also see indications of available ointments for keloids.

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