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How do you get rid of hypertrophic scars from piercings?


I have an industrial piercing. It has these ugly bumps at the holes. At first I thought these were keloids, but since they don't leave the area of the piercing, I found it was actually something called a hypertrophic scar. Does any have any tried and true methods as to how they got rid of their cartilage bumps/scars?
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Sea salt soaks and hot compresses a couple times a day, and try not to sleep on your piercing.

Sea salt soaks:
http://tattoo.about.com/cs/beginners/l/blpiercingtlc.htm


Hot compress: (without the oil)
http://healing.about.com/cs/herbaltherapy/ht/How_compresses.htm  (+ info)

What is the difference between a keloid and hypertrophic scarring?


I have a weird light pinkish bump directly beside my one month old nose piercing. Is it a keloid or hypertrophic scarring?
How do I treat it?
Whenever I wear earrings, they must be real gold. Could the material in the post be causing this?
PLEASE help..
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Both hypertrophic scars and keloids are a result of the over growth in tissue during the healing process. Both can appear on the enter or exit points of the piercing. However, the main difference is hypertrophic scarring supposedly goes away over time while keloids are permanent and need to be professionally removed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Also, hypertrophic scars do not extend past the wound hole while a keloid does.

People who are not prone to keloids will generally not get them from a piercing unless it is an extremely serious case. (I got a keloid from tearing open my helix piercing when it got caught on my comb as a teenager -- ouch!). You would probably known if you are prone to keloids if you have developed them before in minor cases, such as from picking a scab or from chicken pox.

Judging from your description of your bump, my guess would be that it was hypertropic scarring. They are usually pinkish in color (unlike keloids which are skin colored) and look like little volcanoes pushing out from the exit wound. There are many remedies used to heal hypertrophic scarring such as diluted tea tree oil (which even diluted can be harsh for some people, including myself) or chamomile tea compresses. I've recently developed hypertrophic scarring on my conch piercing and am using the chamomile tea compresses, although I can't give you the result as it has only been 2 days. Also, try not to move the jewelry around too much as movement can agitate the scarring.

As for your sensitivity to the material, I would say that is unrelated. All professional piercers use surgical stainless steal or titanium jewelry exclusively. They will not even use gold as it may contain impurities in the metal. Allergy to surgical stainless steel is rare, but it does happen. Signs of an allergic reaction would include severe itchiness and red or white dots around the area. Good luck!  (+ info)

How do I get rid of my hypertrophic scarring on my ear cartilage piercing?


I got my ear cartilage/ helix pierced about two months ago and it has developed hypertrophic scarring on the back of it. I was told tea tree oil should help get rid of it so I bought some yesterday. But how exactly am I supposed to use it? I heard I have to dilute it in water? Or mix it in with salt soaks? Can anyone help me? Please be exact, I'm really stuck.
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IMO, you should be diluting it in water, as using it alone will leave a residue behind that will encourage dirt to stick to the area near the piercing; dilution will help eliminate this.

Tea Tree is good for scarring, but yu will have to be persistent with it; don't expect overnight miracles.  (+ info)

What kind of jewelery can minimize a hypertrophic scar on a helix piercing?


I had my helix pierced about a year ago. It's fully healed but I have hypertrophic scarring around the piercing. I still have the 16 gauge bar in it that I got when it was pierced. It's surgical steel. Would other styles of jewelery help get rid of the scarring?
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I second that, titanium captive bead ring. Titanium is a great metal. Also, get a bottle of vitamin E oil (available at any drug store) and rub it on the scar with a q-tip every day and let it absorb. Vitamin E helps soften fibrous scar tissue which helps the body re-absorb it.  (+ info)

What is the difference between pyloric stenosis and hypertrophic pyloric stenosis?


I need to find out the difference between pyloric stenosis and hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it. Thanks...
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Is it possible to get hypertrophic scarring on a tongue piercing?


I've gotten hypertrophic scarring on my tragus, industrial, and nose but they all went away over time. I never had a problem with my monroe though. I want to get my tongue pierced but I'm worried! Help?
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It seems like most of the piercings you have had trouble with were cartilage piercings. Keep in mind that cartilage is very fragile, and it can take a long time to heal. Usually the hypertrophic scarring can be due to things as simple as incorrect jewelry size or bumping the piercing around too much. Your cartilage is basically a sandwich... skin, cartilage, skin. When you bump or pull the piercing you can separate the skin from the underlying cartilage. You body heals this by filling it with fluid or skin cells, and from the outside you see a funky looking bump come up.

Tongues do have their own set of problems that can occur, but mostly they are caused by the person who has the piercing. Try your hardest not to get in the habit of playing with your piercing or sticking it out to show everyone while it is healing and you will cut out most of those problems. From my experience most people seem to have an easy time healing tongues. And unlike the person who posted on down said, they are not more prone to infection. With being a pretty quick healing area, basic hygiene will make the chances for infection pretty small (meaning you brush your teeth, use mouthwash as directed by your piercer, etc)
The main thing I can think of that will sometimes make a small whitish bump on a tongue piercing is not downsizing the jewelry. After the first two weeks or so its a good idea to change to a shorter bar, as long as the swelling has gone down. Having a bar in that is too long will cause excess movement and delay healing. (Not to mention it will probably drive you crazy)  (+ info)

Is there a connection between LBBB and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?


I wonder bc I was diagnosed with LBBB and my cousin was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and I know hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is thought to be genetic...and the symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy abd LBBB are similar.
so could i have undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? I have the shortness of breath, I was diagnose with excercise induced asthma, etc. is the only thing tested for the thickening?
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Well, there is no connection per se between left bundle branch block and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

In simple terms, LBBB refers to a problem with the heart's electrical conductivity and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a thickening of the heart muscle.

The only "connection" is that the conductivity issue will aggravate the overall cardiac output, which is already lowered by the hypertophic cardiomyopathy.

RM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is not difficult to diagnose. If you have seen a cardiologist, I'm certain that he/she would have been able to detect this.  (+ info)

Will changing the earring out of my cartilage reduce the hypertrophic scarring?


I have hypertrophic scarring around my sorta newish cartilage piercing (it's around 7 or 8 weeks old). The original earring is a Captive bead ring. I was wondering if changing it to a regular stud would help to reduce the hypertrophic scarring.
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No. A cbr is probably better for it, anyways.  (+ info)

Keliods and hypertrophic scarring extremely common with an Industrial Piercing?


I have been looking at getting an industrial piercing for about two months now and as soon as I decide I want it I find some reason not to.
Are keliods really common when having an industrial piercing and is it possible to get rid of them without surgically removing them?
And could someone please clarify exactly what hypertrophic scarring is?
Thanks.
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Keloids are sometimes common in industrial piercings primarily because it gets snagged alot on hair or clothing.

You can get rid of keloids if you get it taken care of pretty much when it is a small bump. I had a keloid on mine a month after it was pierced (I think I was sleeping on it funny and it was tugging on it) and I had to go to the piercer to get it punctured and drained. After that, I just used a mild soap and salt soaks and it disappeared in 3 days.

If you do however wait to get it checked out, keloids will grow. I had a keloid from a cartiledge piercing done with a gun, and had to go get injections to reduce the scarring. That was however when I wasn't aware of what keloid scarring was and didn't take care of it.

Long story short, take care of it, follow the healing instructions (it takes a full year to fully heal) and try to not get it caught on your hair or your clothes, and you won't have a problem.  (+ info)

what kind of work is possible for a teenager with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?


My 17 yr old son has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and is about to leave school to start a career, but as a father who has already lost two sons to this condition i would love to know what other teenagers out there are able to do with this condition who also have a Defibrillator as with my son.
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As your son is having a defibrillator be careful in selecting a job for him. He should stay away from strong magnetic field and VACUUM TUBES and electrical appliances.
Please contact your physician to choose a right job for him. He is in a better position to recommend.
I am personally confused what to recommend him! as little knowledge is bad and can harm your child.  (+ info)

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