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Dying Ember
November 8th, 2016, 02:26 PM
Hello,
This may be triggering to anyone struggling with self harm.
I have an about year old scar on my inner upper arm which in the last few months has become extremely painful. Even when it is not touching anything it is so sore, sometimes more so than others. I don't know whether this makes any difference but the scar is quite raised and red (when I have worse scars that were initiated at the same time which are more healed)
Does anyone have any idea of why it is so painful, and is it normal for this to happen or is it something I should be concerned about? Keep in mind that this is a scar that is not at all new and seemingly different to many other scars I have

LunaHermione
November 15th, 2016, 12:17 AM
Hey, it sounds like what you have is a hypertrophic scar, where the scar becomes raised and painful. I used to have one on my arm that was raised and hurt and itched like mad, and it was there for over a year before one day I woke up and it had flattened and become pale. I don't really know why it healed itselft but maybe yours will too if you give it time. If it's really bad you could maybe go to your doctor about it as I think there are surgeries they can do to flatten it out.

Dying Ember
November 17th, 2016, 01:47 PM
Hey, it sounds like what you have is a hypertrophic scar, where the scar becomes raised and painful. I used to have one on my arm that was raised and hurt and itched like mad, and it was there for over a year before one day I woke up and it had flattened and become pale. I don't really know why it healed itselft but maybe yours will too if you give it time. If it's really bad you could maybe go to your doctor about it as I think there are surgeries they can do to flatten it out.

Hey thanks so much for your reply! Yeah that does sound right, it can get really itchy as well sometimes. It's not a major concern though is it? Do you know what causes the scar to become like that?

Flapjack
November 17th, 2016, 03:32 PM
Hey thanks so much for your reply! Yeah that does sound right, it can get really itchy as well sometimes. It's not a major concern though is it? Do you know what causes the scar to become like that?
Yeah I also agree it sounds like a hypertrophic scar buddy and here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertrophic_scar)is the wiki page for it buddy for more info :)

How old is the scar buddy and what colour is it?

Also ~ no one on here is a doctor xD If you are concerned I really think you should go see a doctor :)

Scarred Chris
November 28th, 2016, 04:15 PM
Is it possible that it's infected?

Dying Ember
December 3rd, 2016, 04:32 PM
Yeah I also agree it sounds like a hypertrophic scar buddy and here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertrophic_scar)is the wiki page for it buddy for more info :)

How old is the scar buddy and what colour is it?

Also ~ no one on here is a doctor xD If you are concerned I really think you should go see a doctor :)

Thanks :)
The scar is over a year old I would say, I'm not entirely sure though so it could be longer and it is a bright red/deep pink sort of colour

Dying Ember
December 3rd, 2016, 04:33 PM
Is it possible that it's infected?

Can scars be infected?

Pyromaniac27
December 4th, 2016, 07:50 PM
Hello,
This may be triggering to anyone struggling with self harm.
I have an about year old scar on my inner upper arm which in the last few months has become extremely painful. Even when it is not touching anything it is so sore, sometimes more so than others. I don't know whether this makes any difference but the scar is quite raised and red (when I have worse scars that were initiated at the same time which are more healed)
Does anyone have any idea of why it is so painful, and is it normal for this to happen or is it something I should be concerned about? Keep in mind that this is a scar that is not at all new and seemingly different to many other scars I have

It might be infected, try soaking it in alcohol, or covering it with ointment and band aids