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Milium: A guide To treatment

About

Tiny white bumps that commonly appear on a baby's face

According to Seattle Childrens Hospital, milia occur in 40 percent of newborn babies.[1]

- Is usually self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or imaging rarely required
- Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
- It spreads easily from one person to another.

A milium cyst is a small, white bump that typically appears on the nose and cheeks. These cysts are often found in groups. Multiple cysts are called milia. It occurs when keratin becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. There are various types of milia like neonatal milia, primary milia in older children, and juvenile milia.

Age Affected: Can occur in people of all ages but common in newborns

Symptoms

Being harmless, there are no symptoms as such, but people may experience:
- Skin rashes or small bumps
- Appear on babys nose, chin, or cheeks.

Treatment

Milia usually disappear on their own in a few weeks in newborns, but can persist in older children and adults. Milia rarely need to be removed.

Self-Healing: In some cases, they improve with time without any treatment.

Surgery: Your doctor may conduct cryptotherapy, deroofing, chemical peels, laser ablation, diathermy, and destruction curettage to get rid of cysts.

Medications: Your doctor may prescribe you with Vitamin A creams to exfoliate your skin.

Specialists: For a second opinion, come on board at mfine and connect with a dermatologist who would treat this health issue with a holistic treatment program.

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