Scars and Keloid Treatment

My friend Jessie is not exactly tech-savvy. In fact, she is the only person I know who does not own her own computer or some kind of smart phone capable of accessing the Internet. This probably has something to do with the fact that she’s your stereotypical college dropout starving artist living alone with her cat. A few days ago she stopped by for a visit and asked me if I could look something up for her on my computer. I had no idea that in the next few minutes I would be delving into the world of keloid treatment.

Jessie took off one of her sandals and showed me what looked like a huge purple scar on the bottom of her foot. It had a smooth surface and was raised high above the rest of her skin. I had no idea what to made of it but, since I am fairly handy with a search engine, I was able to figure out that she had a keloid on the bottom of her foot. A keloid is defined as a type of scar that grows out of an existing wound when there is some type of malfunction in the growth signals between cells which is usually genetic in nature. Jessie looked completely panicked as we continued to search on and found multiple images of some fairly severe, and quite frankly, really painful looking keloids. They most often show up on the back, chest, and jaw of people but can, as in the case of my friend, appear on the feet as well.

So how could she get rid of this thing? After doing a bit of digging around, I found out that keloids are perhaps one of the most difficult types of scars to effectively remove due to their unique composition and properties. I had her take several deep breaths as I began scanning multiple articles focused on keloid removal.

Prevention is Key for Keloid Treatment

Unfortunately for my friend, the best treatment option for keloids is prevention. When she initially burned the bottom of her foot, she should have immediately sought medical attention and started with some prevention techniques such as using a lotion with advanced moisturizers such as collagen in them to prevent her scar from drying out. Additionally, she could have massaged the scar to help promote more effective blood flow to the area. Since she did none of these things, what kind of options was she left with to get rid of this thing?

One option that appears to be fairly effective in some patients is cortisone steroid injections. These injections can, in some cases, help increase circulation around the affected area. This increased circulation has proven to assist with decreasing the size of the keloid.

Another option for this serious issue is known as a silicone sheet. Like treatment for many other types of scars, silicone sheets and gels are used to promote the production of healthy cells and stimulate their growth to assist with diminishing the overall size of a keloid. If your keloid is located on the jaw line, this can be problematic as the silicone sheet must cover the entire scar in order to work effectively. However, even if you are experiencing this issue on your face or jaw line there are treatment options available. The silicone sheeting product can sometimes be found in gel form in order to allow it to be easily applied to areas that are otherwise inappropriate for the attachment of silicone sheeting.

It wasn’t an option for her because of the high price involved, but many patients who experience keloids find relief from laser treatment. Laser treatments work by using a focused laser to burn off the affected area. Unfortunately, this can require several sessions of treatment and has a high cost associated with it.

An additional option for keloid treatment is the use of cryotherapy, or freezing treatment, to get rid of these unsightly scars. Just like laser therapy, this can require multiple sessions and will make a severe dent in your wallet.

Although she didn’t want to hear it, the last resort option was, of course, surgery to remove the affected area entirely. Most physicians do not recommend surgery though, unless it is in an extreme case, due to the fact that keloids will frequently reemerge after the surgery.

There were not a lot of home remedies available on the market for keloid treatment; however we did find that, in some cases, patients experienced some significant results after soaking the affected area in salt water. Since my friend didn’t have a lot of extra money, she decided to go with this treatment as well as massage the area frequently and keep it moistened with lotion.

Get Started Immediately on Keloid Treatment

It amazes me how much knowledge is available online. Without access to this wealth of knowledge, I hate to think what would have happened to Jessie. It is important to note though that the best thing to do in any situation related to your health is to immediately consult a doctor. I’ve found out a few times the hard way that there are a lot of amateur lawyers, doctors, and stockbrokers online who have no idea what they are talking about.

Eventually, through salt water soaking and massaging, Jessie’s keloid shrunk to a manageable size and, since it was on the bottom of her foot, it wasn’t a huge concern for her appearance. She is much more careful with her feet now and wears shoes and socks when she is outside to avoid injuring the area even further.

One thing we learned though from this experience was that waiting was not an option. The best time to seek treatment options for a keloid, like most other medical issues, is immediately upon recognizing that you have a problem. The best defense is a good offense and prevention is vital. Fortunately, for Jessie, there was a keloid treatment that worked for her.

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