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Are milia a symptom of something more serious?

Are milia a symptom of something more serious?

No: They are extremely common in healthy newborn babies. Milia can occur at any age, especially after blistering of the skin or other types of irritation that can cause the keratin to be trapped in small cysts. Treatment is available if you find them bothersome.

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What is a milia?

What is a milia?

Small cyst: No one knows why these happen. They occur in people of all ages. They usually do not become very big but if they annoy you they can be easily removed.

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Do milia ever go away?

Do milia ever go away?

Yes: Yes. It takes time, but they typically resolve as infants develop.

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How can you treat milia?

How can you treat milia?

Dermatologist: Try using gentle exfoliation products. Avoid harsh skin-care products. Sometimes they go away on their own. A dermatologist can remove them using a scalpel or curette, but this is time-consuming and expensive. Milia are not harmful, but they are a cosmetic nuisance.

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Any suggestions for milia?

Any suggestions for milia?

Milia: Milia can be removed by excision, cautery, freezing, or laser treatments. See an eye doctor.

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How can you clear up milia?

How can you clear up milia?

Goes away: It will go away without doing anything.

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Can you remove milia at home?

Not recommended: Although many individuals will try this, techniques should be utilized to diminsh the potential for infection in this area which can have serious complications.

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Can esthesicians remove milia?

Can esthesicians remove milia?

Some good ones: Can, just be careful around the eyes, for those you may want to see a dermatologist

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How do you get diagnosed with milia?

How do you get diagnosed with milia?

Milia: Milia is a clinical diagnosis. There is no test for it. Milia are commonly found on the skin of people of all ages. They are formed when keratin (a substance produced by the skin) becomes entrapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst. Probably 50% of healthy infants have milia and it is considered as normal finding.

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How do you get milia off with out poping it, is it possible?

How do you get milia off with out poping it, is it possible?

Leave it alone: It should resolve spontaneously. Lancing it may cause an infection or bleeding.

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I want the best medicine for removal of this disease ie milia?

I want the best medicine for removal of this disease ie milia?

Extraction: Milia are inclusion cysts. The best way to get rid of them is to have them extracted by an aesthetician or dermatology practice

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How can I prevent milia from occuring?

Can't always prevent: Milia occur when a substance from the skin, known as keratin, gets trapped under the outermost layer of skin, forming a cyst. Milia can also occur when other debris or damage clogs the pores in the skin. Good hygiene will generally prevent these secondary milia, but they can still occur normally, or after injury to the skin. The good news is that milia are harmless, and will eventually go away.

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I am wondering how to get rid of milia on my cheeks?

I am wondering how to get rid of milia on my cheeks?

Milia: Are tiny white bumps that occur when keratin becomes trapped below the skin's surface. Most go away on their own and in most cases, no treatment is recommended. Attempts to treat milia outside of a dermatologist's office can result in infection and scarring. Some people have had success by using saunas or steam baths.

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What should I do if I have a milium (milia) in my penis?

What should I do if I have a milium (milia) in my penis?

Nothing: Milia can occur on the penis, but as these are just small deposits of sebaceous oils, they do not require treatment unless they become large and uncomfortable.

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Can I use honey to remove milia?

Can I use honey to remove milia?

Honey for skin: It certainly won't hurt you, but may not help. Possibly worth a try, let us know how it turns out for you!

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What to do if I have looked online but I can't tell if they are syringomas or milia. How can I tell?

Skin bumps: Syringomas. And milia can indeed appear very similar. Syringomas arise deeper in the skin but can become quite superficial. You really should consult with an expert in order to determine what type of problem you have and therefore what the best treatment for might be. Milia are easier to treat than are syringomas

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How do I get rid of milia?

How do I get rid of milia?

Milia: Are tiny white bumps that occur when keratin becomes trapped below the skin's surface. Most go away on their own and in most cases, no treatment is recommended. Attempts to treat milia outside of a dermatologist's office can result in infection and scarring. Some people have had success by using saunas or steam baths.