Information about Xanthoma
We Have to Know about the Xanthoma
- Xanthoma is a skin condition in which fat builds up under the surface of the skin.
Causes of Xanthoma
- Some Xanthomas are very small, while others are bigger than 3 inches in diameter.
- They may appear anywhere on the body but are most often seen on the elbows, joints, tendons, knees, hands, feet, buttocks, or eyelids.
There can be an underlying medical cause which increases blood lipids
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Certain Cancers
- Inherited metabolic disorders such as familial hypercholesterolemia
Do’s and Don’ts – Xanthoma
- Keep blood lipids, including triglycerides and cholesterol levels under control.
Signs & Symptoms of Xanthoma
- A xanthoma looks like a sore or bump under the skin which is usually flat, soft to the touch, and yellow in color with sharp, distinct edges.
Risk Factors of Xanthoma
- Xanthomas are common, particularly among older adults
Medical advice for Xanthoma
- See a doctor if xanthomas develop.
Treatment for Xanthoma
- If the underlying disease is causing increased blood lipids, treating the condition may help reduce the development of xanthomas.
- Xanthomas can be removed by surgery, but they can reappear after the surgery.