Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Relief for Keloidal Scarring

When one undergoes surgery or if one unfortunately has an injury like a burn, the body has a natural healing process. For some the scar that forms is flat and colourless. For others though, the scar becomes red, raised and angry. This type of scarring is known as hypertrophic or keloidal scarring.

For those who develop a scar of this nature, the understandable reaction is to go to a doctor to ask for help. Some doctors are aware of the various services available to treat scars and help them to return to a flat small or thin mark that resembles the colour of your own skin. Most, unfortunately are not aware of what treatment is available and therefore do not refer.
If you find yourself in this situation, firstly know that a scar takes 6 months to 2 years and sometimes longer to heal. If you press the scar and there is a change in colour, this is an indication that the scar is still in the healing process and it is still possible to improve this scar. 

There are a number of forms of intervention that help to soften the scar and assist it to heal in a manner that will be flat, soft and of a colour closer to your normal skin colour. The techniques also help to normalise the sensitivity of the scar, as some scars become hypersensitive to touch, clothing placed over them or temperature. These services are generally provided by an occupational therapist. If you have not already been referred, please ask your doctor to refer you or contact an occupational therapist in your area.

One treatment that is now readily available to all is Kelocote. Kelocote is a gel that comes in a tube which is of a silicone base. Being in a tube it is easy to apply, especially to small areas such as the lobe of the ear, small fingers or over a joint. It also avoids the problem of sensitivity to the various tapes used to keep the silicone gel in a sheet form in place over the scar.

Many doctors might advocate surgery to remove the scar. What is often not told is that someone who is prone to keloidal scarring, the scar will become keloidal after surgical removal as well. The only time this is indicated is if the scar is bothering the person and is no longer active. As long as the scar is active, it is preferable to treat the scar through other means, such as with the Kelocote and occupational therapy for scar management.

There are times that Kelocote needs to be used in conjunction with a pressure garment, splint, exercises or other modes of intervention. If you have any questions please ask your occupational therapist. 

Shoshanah is an experienced occupational therapist who works privately from her clinic in Beitar Illit, Israel.

The above information is provided for you with permission of the manufacturers of Kelocote. Should you have any other enquiries or wish to ask something directly from the manufacturer, they have offered that you, the reader can be in touch with them either by visiting their website www.kelocote.com or emailing info@kelocote.com

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