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Knee Scar

Postby booboo12 on Fri May 19, 2017 10:32 pm

I have a large scar on my right knee (following surgery) that is always itching. I have tried several creams but none seems to work/soothe the problem. Any advice on what else I can do?
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Re: Knee Scar

Postby Mr Ioannis Goutos on Mon May 22, 2017 3:22 pm

Itch can be due to a number of reasons in your knee scar.

a) Normal scar. Itch is associated with healing and it might be that if your surgery is within 12-18 months, the itch will get better with time. Practical measures to help the process include applying cold moisturising cream (kept in the fridge!) and massaging the area with from circular movements 3-4 times a day. Occasionally an simple anti itch tablet over the counter may help.

b) Bulky scar. If your scar is raised, lumpy and tight, it could be you are developing an hypertrophic/keloid scar, which may need treatment with a number of options being available including steroid injections/tape, silicone tape/gel, laser to mention few.

The type of scar you have could only be diagnosed on the basis of a medical examination.

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