after heart bypass surgery I have developed itching raised keloid scar which 0ften infected
I will start off by saying that I am not a wound care expert. Keloid scar are often itchy so this is normal. However before you address scar reduction you need to address any infection first. You must see your doc/nurse or wound care specialist about the infected wound.You can also use this opportunity to dicuss scar reduction treatments. There are many potential treatments for Keloid scaring, which is the best treatment I cannot say. A common treatment is to inject a steroid into the scar over a period of time until the desired effect is reached. Steroid injections flattens the scar. Another treatment for keloid scar is to surgically remove the scar and apply pressure to the site, This has potential consequences for e.g the scar my become worse or bigger then the original scar. Another treatment is silicone patches. you can buy then at the drug store (I am not from the US not sure if this is what it is called), Or because your scar is long and theses patches are rather small it might be worth obtaining the patch on prescription. The key to success with this treatment is compliance. You usually have to wear the patch for 12 hours a day for weeks or even months. Out of all the treatments aforementioned silicone patches isn't always sucessful. I did a quick web search and there is Lazar, radiation,interferon therapy (a protein) and cryotherapy (freezing). I have never seen a keloid scar treated by one of the methods from the web search. I know that a scar of this nature can be upsetting to some people, but with good treatment hopefully the appearance of the scar will be reduced
I hope that this helps in some way take care
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