Coping with Keloid can be a challenge, especially if the disease covers a large area of body or is in places readily seen by other people, such as face or hands. The ongoing, persistent nature of the disease and the treatment challenges only add to the burden.
Ways to help in coping.
- Educate : Understand possible triggers of the disease, so as to prevent flare-ups. Educate those around the patient including family and friends so as to understand the possible triggers of the disease, so they can recognize, acknowledge and support the efforts in dealing with the disease and to prevent the flare ups.
- Follow doctor's recommendations: Be sure to follow certain treatments and lifestyle changes recommended by doctor.
- Use of cover-ups when necessary: Clothing is used to cover up where applicable.
- Wear loose fitting clothes to avoid irritation or friction from clothing rubbing against the injury.
- Always prevention is better than cure. This has been proven in the case of keloid too. The best way to deal with a keloid is not to get one. A person who has had a keloid should not undergo elective skin surgeries or procedures such as piercing.
- People who have the tendency to develop keloid should be careful to avoid skin lesions and surgery. If necessary, surgery should be performed by expert hands with the precaution to avoid suture over bends and joints and to take intensive care in wound healing.
- It is also wise not to rub or scratch or apply any irritants on the spot to prevent it from growing further or forming ulcerations.