Keloids at the back of the head
When a skin is injured, a scar will develop at the affected area and it is comprised of fibrous tissue. Keloid typically develops as an extra and unusual overgrowth of fibrous tissue. Skin injuries such as cuts, burns, surgical incisions, gaping wounds and even insect bites can result to a keloid once they heal.
A normal scar remains in the area of the injured skin but a keloid can spread beyond the original wound and rises above the skin. The color is pink or purple and has a smooth surface. Keloids can occur on any part of the skin that is injured including the back of the head and it is itchy and causes discomfort.
Causes of keloids
- There is a genetic inclination for developing keloid. If any member of the family has keloid, the person can be susceptible to develop keloid after a skin injury and men and women are affected equally. In most cases, children and older people are not affected.
- Keloid at the back of the head can develop from a healed scar that is left behind after a surgery at the back of the head.
- A scar from an abscess that is already healed and injuries caused while cutting hair.
- Keloids continue to grow slowly for weeks, months and even for years and can stop growing but do not heal on their own. When a keloid develops, it can be permanent unless it will be removed or treated.
Treatment and home remedies for keloid at the back of the head
There are various ways in order to minimize the risk of keloid formation as well as help manage one that is too large in size.
- Keloids can be removed by injecting corticosteroid which shrinks it in size. It can also be taken out through surgery particularly if it is large.
- Compress the keloid by using a bandage or tape in order to give continuous pressure for 24 hours a day for 6-12 months. The compression will cause the keloid to shrink or become smaller in size.
- Apply moist dressing made of silicone gel on the wound in order to minimize the size of keloids over time and this treatment is painless and safe.
- Apply aloe vera since it helps minimize inflammation in keloids as well as making the skin of the keloid moist. Apply aloe vera on the skin at least two times a day.
- Apply lemon juice on the scar regularly since it slowly removes the top layer and making it less noticeable.
- Vitamin E is also helpful in minimizing keloids by breaking 1-2 capsules of vitamin E and apply the oil on the keloid regularly. It will reduce the size of the keloid scar.
- If the keloids becomes large and causes itchiness, discomfort and interferes with joint movement, it is best to seek medical care as soon as possible.