Earlobe Keloids

earlobe-keloidsThe development of keloids on the ear can be both confusing and frightening if you do not know you are prone to this skin problem. Often times, both men and women undego an ordinary piercing, only to discover afterwards earlobe keloids developing. If you suspect this, you should see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Why? Because it’s much easier to treat a new keloid than an old one. The most effective treatment the doctor will use usually first involves a steroid injection (kenalog) into the earlobe. What this does is soften the tissue to make removal easier for the doctor later on. Please don’t be tempted to postpone the doctor and resort to do-it-yourself home remedies and creams. Because time is of the essence, you need to see a skin specialist as soon as possible so it doesn’t develop into a harder scar to remove down the road.

Unfortunately we know very little about what causes keloids and how to prevent them. They are so unusual that sometimes they only occur on one part of the body. There have been individuals who have never had a keloid scar in their life and after they got their ears pierced, they developed but only on one ear. Typically they first appear between 10 and 30 years of age. So it’s a very confusing problem for sure that can be terrifying when you notice the first lump. Although it’s easier said than done, please don’t be scared. Many people suffer from this disorder and there are many dermatologists and other doctors out there that specialize in treating them. They are not contagious and pose no health problems that are long term. However, if they are growing on a location such as your hands, joints, or muscles, their bulk may affect movement and range of movement.

Earlobe Keloid Removal
How are they removed? Well it’s important to clarify that there is no cure for this condition. The best case scenario would be their successful removal and none coming back in the future. There is a significant chance they can return after surgical removal – some say that number is as high as 50%. The good thing is that surgery is usually used in combination with other treatment methods, such as steroid injections and prescription gels. When they are used together, the odds of the scar returning are often much lower.

How Do You Get Rid Of Earlobe Keloids?
This is something you need to discuss with a dermatologist or medical doctor that specializes in treating them to find out which treatment would be best for you. That being said, one common method doctors  use is to first do a series of steroid injections. This will hopefully soften and shrink it a little. Sometime after that the doctor will usually cut off the remaining mass of the keloid. While this procedure may sound frightening, please don’t be alarmed. It’s a simple procedure where anesthetic is first injected into the earlobe so you don’t feel anything. It is then cut out and your skin is sealed up with a few sutures. Afterwards, you will be instructed to use an anti-bacteria ointment on a daily basis while it heals.

What Else Can Be Done?
You need to see a dermatologist and probably undergo a treatment plan similar to the one previously described in order to effective remove the keloid. There are numerous at home remedies some people claim to work but be weary of these. People may report a successful outcome using these methods for a new scar that was forming that they thought was a keloid, however often it turns out they did not have a keloid, but rather a hypertrophic scar or just a regular scar. There are also many creams, lotions, and oils being sold for the treatment of this condition. They may help improve other types of scarring, but the honest truth is they have not been proven effective in treating keloids. Don’t postpone professional medical treatment put your hope into products like these that just aren’t going to work. This is especially important since the longer you have a keloid, the harder is to treat. So if you have one or are developing one, see a dermatologist as soon as possible.