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Itchy scar

Postby sailorbouy on Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:42 pm

Good afternoon,
I had a circumcision about 5 years ago. I am now 72 years of age but still fit and healthy.Although I have type 2 diabetes managed with tablets.
Where the circumcision scar is just behind the glans it gets itchy on occasion. Although it is not an unpleasant feeling it can be a bit embarrassing to want to scratch. Are there any creams or oils you could recommend please. Also will it ever get better
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Re: Itchy scar

Postby Dr Sharon Wong on Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:43 pm

Hi Ken,

Thank you for your query.

Scars, even if years old, can become itchy and inflamed. I would suggest you see your GP for a prescription of a cortisone (steroid) cream or ointment to use whenever the itching appears. Occasionally if this doesn't settle the itching (and the scar is raised and lumpy ie a keloid scar), injections of steroids can be administered to the scar tissue, both to settle the itching and flatten the scar.

Hope this helps

Dr Sharon Wong
Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson
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