Symptoms of Keloids

Keloids grow in thick, irregular clusters around wounds or areas where the skin has been pierced, cut, burnt or irritated. They can appear after a vaccination, after severe acne or when a hair follicle in the beard becomes inflamed. They usually extend far beyond the original wound.

Chances are you have a keloid if your scar:

  • Began as a pink, red or purple scar
  • Looks redder or darker than the skin around it
  • Feels raised, thick and rounded
  • Is irregular in shape
  • Looks shiny and ropy
  • Feels different from surrounding skin (rubbery or soft)

While they are growing, keloids often produce:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • An abnormal sensation

Large keloids on the neck or shoulders can interfere with movement.

Keloids can also cause psychological symptoms, including:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social isolation
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