Keloids: What They Are and What They Aren’t

If you’ve recently discovered a growth around your new piercing, you’re probably feeling quite concerned. Whether a growth is large or small, they’re definitely not normal.

Many people might tell you that the growth is a keloid but this isn’t always the case.

This is everything you need to know about how to identify whether a growth is a keloid.

Keloids Explained

Keloids can be small or large and are mostly not painful. Since keloids only contain scar tissue, they don’t bleed or seep.

Keloids are a form of scar tissue that forms when your body produces more collagen than is necessary when protecting itself from an injury. People with darker skin pigments are far more prone to keloids and in some cases, it can also be genetic. Keloids can only be surgically removed by a trained professional. Keloids can potentially form almost anywhere, including the tongue.

If you are prone to keloids, piercings and tattoos are not recommended. If you would prefer to chance it, keep in mind that you may end up with keloid scars.

If you want to consult with a professional about your keloid scars, you will find keloid scar treatment details at The DOC clinic here.

Identifying Non-Keloid Growths

Basically, if the growth hurts, bleeds, seeps or is excreting pus, it’s not a keloid. Growths that have these properties are most likely infections or cysts. It’s just as common for an infection to develop near a piercing as it is for a keloid to form.

Remember, sweat, hairspray, dirt and perfume can all aggravate a piercing and cause an infection. When a piercing becomes infected, it will create a growth that contains a substance other than scar tissue and will be quite painful to the touch.

Provided the infection hasn’t become chronic, it can be treated.

How to treat a piercing infection

Clean your piercing 2 – 3 times per day to start clearing up the infection. If it persists, it’s time to see a doctor. The piercing should only be cleaned with a salt-based solution or a mild antimicrobial soap as this will help clear up the infection without further irritating the area. Salt-based solutions will help draw out any pus and blood that is causing the infection.

Treating a cyst

If you suspect that you have a cyst instead of a basic infection or keloid, it’s best to seek help from a qualified doctor. Even though cysts are not malignant, they can still be annoying and won’t clear up on their own, which is why professional help is necessary. A cyst won’t cause any pain unless it becomes infected or ruptures. Cysts are very easy to diagnose and treat, with most doctors surgically removing it to prevent recurrence. It’s very important to never squeeze or puncture a cyst as this could lead to a number of different complications.

If you’re still unsure about the growth, it’s best to speak to a doctor who can examine it and advise you accordingly.