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Some factors may disrupt this normal healing cycle. Some may decrease or prevent adequate healing: this applies to low oxygen in the wound, undernutrition, certain diseases such as diabetes, certain medications such as long-term oral steroids and immunosuppressants. Conversely, in other cases there may be excessive healing, often due to excessive tension at the wound edges. This is why wound edges are sutured wherever possible. Other factors play a role, such as a location at the front of the chest or earlobe, the type of wound (burns) and also genetics (dark skin).

Abnormal scars

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Excess healing leads to the formation of hypertrophic scars and sometimes keloids

A hypertrophic scar

is a scar that remains very visibly inflammatory (red) for longer, is firm, raised and sometimes causes itching. It eventually subsides over time.

A keloid scar

in addition to being hypertrophic, and even sometimes even almost tumour-like, is purplish-red extending sideways sometimes in a crab’s claw shape. It persists and does not progress over time.

How should abnormal scars be managed?

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Compression therapy

Compression therapy with appropriate dressings or clothing is helpful. Similarly, strong massage and filiform showers at the hydrotherapy centre have shown their value.

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Local corticosteroid injections

This treatment may be supplemented by local injections of corticosteroids into the hypertrophic scar. Keloids are difficult to treat and often the result is only partial.

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Laser treatment

Silicone gel sheeting dressings, corticosteroid injections and laser treatment may be offered.