Keloids On Your Skin: Possible Symptoms And Causes
What are Keloids?
You might have observed that whenever there is a wound in your body, there is a fibrous scar tissue that gets formed so as to heal the wound faster.
But in some cases this tissue growth can be larger and grow excessively on the wound. Such tissue growth is termed as Keloids. Although keloids are not harmful to you, it can be of worry due to cosmetic concerns.
Symptoms of Keloids on a wound
Once a scar tissue grows more than its required size, then that is keloids. While this is a simple way of defining or identifying keloids, there are also other symptoms that skin shows before growth of keloids in your body.
Few such symptoms are as mentioned below:
- localized skin area that turns pink or red suddenly
- raised or lumpy skin area
- skin area that grows larger than wound over a period of time
- itchy skin
As mentioned, keloids are bigger than the wound itself and might take more than a month or two to develop completely. One common symptom before keloids start forming is itchy skin. People in Asia (like in Malaysia) might experience continuous itching on the body causing skin to turn red all the time.
This itching could be due to any kind of external factor such as discomfort due to climatic condition, your clothing or any other forms of friction. When this kind of irritation is bound on your body, the hardened or wounded tissue restricts movement of your body.
Causes of Keloids
There is no specific reason to why you get keloids and Keloid scar on your skin. The most possible reason for growth of keloids are already existing wound in your skin. While other causes of keloids are as mentioned below:
- skin acne
- chicken or small pox
- scars or surgical incision
As per recent research reports, almost 10 percent of the population are prone to keloids and can be found commonly in both men and women. In most cases, people with dark pigmented skin are easily prone to keloids due to their skin texture.
Risk factors of keloids
Other risk factors that might contribute to keloids in skin are as follows:
- asian / latin descent
- pregnant ladies
- people younger than 30 years
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