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A keloid is an enlarged scar or growth at the site of a cut or wound and extends beyond the size of the original wound. Keloids may vary in shape, size and location.

Keloids are common on the ear lobes, hands or forearms. For example, ear piercing may result in a keloid. Occasionally, they occur spontaneously, especially on the mid chest area. Other people develop keloid like scars on the back of their necks. The area may itch and become infected. Keloids should be treated by a dermatologist because they may continue to grow.

A dermatologist removes keloids through cortisone injections, pressure, surgery, or laser treatment. However, the keloid may return, even after treatment.

Because keloids are the result of a cut or wound, they are not contagious.

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