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5 things you should never do if you have keloids

Dr Rohit Batra shares tips on how to prevent keloids.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : January 6, 2016 6:29 PM IST

In most cases, keloids can be disfiguring and unavoidable. But you can lower your risk of this skin overgrowth by following simple precautions. Our expert Dr Rohit Batra, Dermatologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, says, Although the exact cause of keloids is not known, there are certain factors that increase the possibility of keloids. So the only way to lower your risk is to stay away from the things that further aggravate your condition. Here are five things you should never do if you have keloids or are at risk of it.

Do not get your ears pierced: If you are at risk of suffering from keloids, even simple procedures like ear piercing or nose piercing is a strict no-no. Because even a slightest of pressure on the skin might result in keloids in that particular area. Here's more on things you should know before going for body piercing.

Say no to tattoos: Tattooing might be the in-thing, but people with keloids should avoid getting it done as it might produce keloids. The reason being the more stressed your skin is, the more you are at risk of keloids. Also watch this slow-motion video capturing how tattoos are made will amaze you!

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Avoid acne treatments: There is a high chance that acne treatment can produce keloids, especially if you have acne in the chest region. So if you are planning for acne treatment, it is wise to consult your dermatologist before opting for any.

Think twice before going for a laser treatment: Do not go for a laser treatment to get rid of keloids as you have a very sensitive skin. Also, any kind of injury or stress caused due to the treatment might put you at risk of getting keloids.

Consult your doctor prior to any surgery: This is a must as going under the knife for any medical condition increases the risk of keloids at the site of stitches. Before surgery, inform your doctor about your condition so that he can either stitch minimally or give you medications or injections at the site of surgery to prevent keloids.

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