Keloid removal with string?

  • RyeeGuy
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I was reading someone saying that they tied a string around their earlobe keloid to cut off the circulation and the keloid dried up. I was wondering, does it really work?

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Day 3 - the keloids are still a dark purple with spots of black where blisters had been. When I spray with peroxide to clean those spots bubble. The bands are moving the keloid about half an inch away from my ear and it's incredibly painful. I have three bands (very small, it squeezed on my pinky when I looped it to put on my ear) wrapped twice each. It's not cutting yet because there has been no blood. I tried to ice it again this morning, but it hurt to have the cold on it. Is there anything else I can do? I am allergic to painkillers.
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I don't have any advice for the pain. My came off in one day but it was rather painful. I think I had mine so tight that it only hurt for a couple of hours and then I'm assuming it was dead because the pain subsided.
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Lucky, I wish mine would come off quickly. It hurts so much. I'm afraid of infection, especially because the peroxide bubbled in some places this morning. I know I have to be patient and removing the bands could cause more damage, but the pain in almost unbearable. I only get relief at night because I'm currently taking a sedative because of an injury. It's still purple now, so it hadn't changed color and I can't get the bands any tighter. It's starting to make me feel nauseous.
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Once some of the keliod die with the rubberbandd, and it loosens, will it still die? But at a slower rate?
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I found this thread the other day and decided to try this method. I have done many injections with steroids, but my doctor won't do surgery since she's almost certain they will just one back. I have two rather large keloid on my left ear from an earring being ripped out several years ago. They are right next to each other. I put one rubber band on yesterday afternoon and it was very painful; about an 8/10. This morning it was purple with a dark spot of near black on one and a little boil (like a blister) on the other. I added another band this afternoon and it's throbbing. I cleaned it with peroxide since that is all I have at home right now other than spray saline solution. Both scars are about the size of beans and are dark purple now. I'm just worried because I saw a thread about this method on another side with doctors saying it was dangerous and causes infection. I have lived in shame since the scars have grown and I'm willing to try anything to get rid of them so I can put my hair up again and not feel embarrassed (they are the first thing people notice about me, everyone I meet comment saying "OMG! What the Hell are those ugly things on your ear?!"). There seems to be a lot of success stories here, but has anyone else experiences these blister things? Or infection? What should I be using to clean them while the bands are on? Please, I am scared and need help.
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Don't be afraid. Yes doctor's are going to only warn you of the risk because they want your money!!! I too went through years of steroid injections. I had one on each year and they doctor was only willing to remove the hard keloid so after 20 years of hiding one of my ears I decided to try this method and was rid of this sucker in one day. It's been months and not only did I not get an infection it hasn't shown any signs of growing back. Thank God because a week ago I was able to cut off all of my hair into a vey cute short style which is something I've wanted to try for years but was too ashamed to do so. Good luck and I look forward to hearing your success story as well.
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I had several injections, one per month for about six months and all it did was make the scar bigger and soft. Right now it's throbbing, so I put ice on it; is that ok? I cannot take pain medications due to allergies. Also, the blisters are worrying me; are they normal? I have three small rubber hair ties tied twice each right now as one of them only went around one scar. Is peroxide enough to clean them? I'm terrified of getting an infection.
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Peroxide is fine and so are the blisters. I've heard it all from blisters to bleeding to puss and foul smelling odor. It's all part of the process.
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Ok, thank you. I'm really paranoid about these kinds of things as I had an infection once that caused serious health problems for me and I'm not eager to repeat it. The pain is dulling down some with the ice, but it's still throbbing and it is radiating heat, but there's no pus or blood.
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I had both so your should be fine. The biggest piece of advise I can give you is to be patient.
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lovedancesing88 - I understand your fear. I had a huge keloid and I put a rubber band on and got a really big blister, I then put another tighter band on and it started to turn colors. It hurt and throbbed. My whole face on that side was hot and throbbing - I swear my throat even hurt and I was sure I was getting an infection. After a couple weeks, the pain subsided. It still hurt but not as bad. It took mine 4 freaking weeks to fall off!!! Hang in there!!
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Thank you, I'm just so worried it won't work and I'll be stuck with an even bigger issue to deal with. I'm just so tired of feeling ugly because of this horrible thing on my ear :(
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Hey guys. Im scared right now and I was just wondering, can parts of the keliod come back to life after some of it died?
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Unfortunately, keloids can come back, which is why a lot of doctors do the cortisol injections before they suggest surgery :( Keloid removal is not 100% guaranteed since it's caused by scar tissue building beyond the actual wound. If you removed it with the rubberband, go see a plastic surgeon or dermatologist and see if they can do the injections so it doesn't get bigger.
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Im asking, once some of it has died with the rubber band, and it loosens, will the keliod still die but at a slower rate?
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Hey guys . Im new here and I've started this process on the 6th, its the 17th now . It was really painful my first few days with a rubber band. Now, majority of the keliod has turned black and hard but its still some spots that are tender. I only changed my band once and that was on the second day, it hurted like hell so I just didn't change it again, now I tightened it and I had shooting pain for like 15 minutes. I want it off but like the base where the band is , is crusty with blood and pus, should I go ahead and change the band?
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No you should leave the band's on, just keep them clean. It hurts worse changing them. Clean the blood and the puss and you should see how much your bands have cut through if they started cutting through already.
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They have..I just took a bobby pin and tighten the rubber band and cleaned some of the blood. Im really scared to take it off bc its painful and a liquid is coming out of it and it really smells bad. Im so scared lol
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How do I see how much its cut through?
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That's a good thing that it smells. That means it's dying and it will soon fall off.
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What I did was had my husband lift it up (literally) for me to see and to take pics of my progress. The more it dies, the less it hurts. For me the base of my keloid always would hurt.
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Thank you so much for your advice. I have so many other questions but I don't want to smother you, lol
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i'm wondering how tight should i tie the rubber band around my keloild?
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Tight enough.. as tight as you can bear it (youd bear it in the early hours.. then it gets crazy!!! Nothing a bit of ice and painkillers before hand cant solve)
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