A firm, raised area of skin that develops when scar tissue from a healing injury develops beyond the affected area. This results in a growth that can vary in size from one to several inches. Although its appearance is not always welcome, a keloid does not impose any harm on the body.
If an individual has suffered an injury or cut after direct trauma (such as being in a motorcycle accident) the wound may heal with a keloid. This is becuase, sometimes, scar tissue begins to form in an uncontrolled manner, where proteins continue to multiply even after the wound has been covered.
An individual with a keloid may experience itching, burning or tenderness to the affected area.
Many keloids will dissolve on their own. However, surgical procedures, cortisone injections and radiation therapy are common treatments used to get rid of re-occuring keloids.