Definition of Keloid

keloidKeloid – An overgrowth of collagen after a wound has finished healing. A keloid typically forms as folds or bunches of tissue.

Keloids are fibrous, spongy in consistency, and often dark red. They form most often on the earlobes, upper chest, and shoulders though can develop anywhere on the body.

Keloids are more common in people who have dark skin, and in people under age 50. Though keloids do not present any health problems, they can become irritated from rubbing on clothing. A corticosteroid medication injected into the keloid often halts its growth and causes the existing excess tissue to recede. The dermatologist can surgically remove large or recurrent keloids.

See also ACROCHORDONCORTICOSTEROID MEDICATIONS; SCAR.

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