When I have an injury or surgical scar, I have awful scarring where the cells go "barmy" and create what is called keloid scarring. I was wondering if anyone else has this happen to them and whether it is part of the autoimmune process.
I must admit I had terrible trouble with my appendix scar when I had that done. I had a raised red line there for many years and it was fiendishly sensitive at times. It was done about 17 years ago and it has only been in the last 5 years or so that it has eventually turned white! Don't know if that helps at all?
I haven't heard of this as associated with autoimmune disease and don't quite see how it would be, although I don't know what I am talking about. Apparently it might be associated with certain HLA tissue types and blood group A, but I have no idea if that has any relationship to the HLA types associated with autoimmune connective tissue diseases.
There are treatments available that can lessen and ease them. My mixed race grandaughter has what I think might be slight keloid scarring on a knee that has been frequently cut and badly grazed. The darker the skin the more likely keloid scarring is. The only 'scarring' I have had from surgical incisions for breast biopsies was red, rather raised and obvious for several years before it gradually disappeared altogether. It certainly wasn't keloid. Discoid lupus can take hypertrophic forms in all races, but that is distinct from keloid scars.
Interesting question though, and I will add it to my list of questions for my 'tame' specialist dermy.
I am very pale skinned (Irish ancestry), am blood group O and don't have discoid lupus. The only skin manifestations apart from the scars are patches of hyperpigmentation on my face (brown blotchy butterfly) and livedo reticularis. I have sores from time to time on my scalp and up my nose (none at present).
I have heard of treatment for the keloid scarring but it's not guaranteed to not produce more scarring when healing. I looked into it as I have a horrible scar on my forearm and one on my shoulder but I cover up anyway so they are usually not visible. I had a breast biopsy, too, but that scar isn't too bad. It is the area that gets exposed to the sun that scars worst for me.
Just wondering if there was a connection to lupus/connective tissue disease, that's all.
Very interesting what Clare says about blood groups as I am A+ so maybe that explains mine then... the Dr did say it was a keloid at one stage... who am I to argue I'm just glad it settled down (eventually:lol
Hello all - well i am blood group O neg and have had three surgeries in the past two years. I have horrible keloid scars from my choleocysectomy and then had a thyroidectomy and thankfully it healed perfectly - very faint scar only 11 months after surgery. So i guess i blow both theories out of the water???
I dont want to be advertising on line but there is a certain oil on the market at the moment and it is fantastic but to be honest i apply moisturiser to each scar every day and i think it is the stimulation of the circulation which has improved both scars....
Hope this helps