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smonic posted:
Hi, My name is Monic. I'm looking for a dermatologist who knows an effective treatment for keloid. I've had it for over 10 years now. It started out with a pimple then a hypertrophic scar and eventually keloid. I've tried steroid injections and two laser treatments without any success. The scar has become very noticeable in addition to tenderness and itchiness. Your help is much appreciated.
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Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi there, This is a support board and it doesn't have a WebMD health professional. Keloid scars which are raised can be difficult to deal with because as you've said the scar revisions can lead to additional formation of scarring and can make a keloid scar worse looking. Have you tried silicone sheeting products that you can find in the bandage aisle of the drugstore to see if those would help with flattening the appearance of a scar? Also try avoiding sun exposure on scar tissue as that can hyperpigment the scar so that the scar tissue and the surrounding skin are different colors. Read more about keloid scars. - Annie - Annie
 
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smonic responded:
Thanks, Annie. Silicone sheeting was one of the first products I've tried, and I am definitely careful with the sun exposure. Hopefully, a member on this board have experienced something similar and can provide any insight. Monic
 
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lamamademischu responded:
I'm a 27-year-old Caucasian female. I have a large keloid on my chest from open heart surgery (done 2 years ago this July). I tried over the counter ointments before the scar became a keloid and after and it didn't work. I also went to a plastic surgeon and tried steroid injections. They helped while I was getting them done (the keloid wasn't as hard) but as soon as I stopped them, they went back to being hard, red and painful. I just went to a dermatologist and they're thinking of just cutting the keloid and see if it'll heal better this time. Either it will scar nicely (like all my other scars), the keloid will return and look the same or it will get a keloid and look worse. I'm willing to take the risk because it's now becoming painful and I really hate how it looks. Makeup can cover the redness but not the huge bumps. Once I get the procedure done, I'll post the results and maybe it'll help you with your dilemma.
 
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lamamademischu responded:
I know this is a little old, but I hope you get to read it SMONIC. The dermatologist wants me to do 1 more steroid injection and then 2-3 laser treatment. The laser they're talking about is Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL). Is this the same laser treatment they used with you that didn't work? I'd like to know because they told me it will cost $300 per treatment. I don't want to spend that kind of money if it doesn't work. Thanks!
 
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galindov responded:
hello, i also have a keloid on my chest and was also looking into getting it removed and getting the radiation done, was just wondering if u had the surgery done and how it turned out. thanks
 
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hoasjoe responded:
I'm from Canada. I have keloid problems in my chest and upper back since 1988. I can see how itchy the bumps can get and you don't even want to be swimming in public because you expose parts of your body. Over the years I tried all kinds of treatment and not a single 1 work. First the dermatologist gave me weekly cortisone injections to control the bumps from getting bigger. After almost a year discontinued the treatment because of possible long-term side effects. MDs tend to go by the old medical textbook so very rarely do they explore new treatments available. Next a pharmaceutical company was handout a cream for free from an African plant was in clinic trial. Not much success. Back to the doctor for low radiation laser treatment. After a while didn't see noticeable results. The alternatives: wasted money on colon therapy (thinking that cleaning the inside of your organs would remove toxins that cause the problem. And then message therapy to push the scar tissues down. Next extreme dieting was suggested by a homeopathic practitioner with the idea that allergy was the cause. Next acupuncture once a week and eventually twice a week for a few months. Next herbs from Practitioner of Tradition Chinese Medicine. And at some point ordered silicone sheets to cover the parts of the body with the scars. Not much luck. Tried almost everything. Got nowhere except wasting time and money. The last thing I would be willing to try is micro-dermabration. It is a procedure to remove dead skins so that new layers below can regenerate at the surface more like exfoliation. You can even buy mini machines to do the procedure at home. Before putting money for micro-dermabration, came across a web-site: MD Strength Snake Cream. This is one of the new treatments not yet distributed in local pharmacies or health food stores. There is another lotion called Bio Oil (presumably from England) mass marketed and available in many stores. Tried it for a few weeks but the itch didn't go away and decided to discontinue use. Came across silicone gel but I think you need a doctor's prescription to get it. Right now it's close to Christmas so shipping would be slow. Decided to order Snake Cream for a trial. There are other products including pills you can take but decided to go with creams and lotions. Don't want to put anything directly into my body just yet.
 
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marinafalls07 replied to hoasjoe's response:
My dad has a large painful keloid after heart surgery more than
10 years. I've searched the net for answers. We tried the
silicone sheeting, creams, and cortisone shots (lots). The shots as someone pointed out helped temporarily. I also bought some expensive cream BIo-skin(?) and it did not work. I look for the day when I find the name of a doctor that can treat the pain. I look for the day someone says there is a cream that can stop the pain for a while. Until then, still waiting.
 
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Annie_WebMD_Staff replied to marinafalls07's response:
Hi marianafalls07 and everyone on this thread. As this is an old thread that was ported over when the Skin problems support group board (that did not have an expert) became an exchange (which does have an expert to answer questions), please start a new discussion by mousing over the orange "Post Now" button and click on the Discussion link to open a new edit box and start a new thread. That way Dr Evans can more easily find a post to reply to your question about keloids.

Thank you!

- Annie
 
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mzjoyc responded:
Hi Monic, my name is joyc. I dont know how I got this worrisome keloid, how ever it has been a thorn in my chest. It itchs beyond belief. It interferes with my sleep with those shooting pain that drives me to the brink of insanity. I tried removal, it came back twice the size. It raised and from the scratching is tender to touch. Tried steriod injections, bio-oil, creams, If you find a cure please help me.
 
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checkerboardkid replied to mzjoyc's response:
I have had a keloid on my chest for over forty years. Thru the years my story sounds like a combination of all of yours. Anyways, I have ACCIDENTALLY found a treatment that works for me. Don't know if it works for you but it works for me. Just my disclaimer. But, I am so excited about it that I am posting this on my second forum. It is those titanium patches that people use for muscle aches. It took away my itching and almost all of the shooting pain. yea for me.

http://www.phitenusa.com/p-53-titanium-tape-strips.aspx
 
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Keloider replied to checkerboardkid's response:
Hi,
Is it really works or just wantta sell the products?


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