The Problem of Xanthelasma

The Problem of Xanthelasma

Xanthelasma is a rare condition of the eyes that is visible in form of a yellow colored, semi-solid, velvety patch in the inner side of the eyelids. Generally the upper eyelid is affected. The growth is not very harmful or painful and can also be removed easily by various methods. It is also popularly known as Xanthelasma Palpebrarum. If it becomes large in size and assumes tumorous proportions, it is then referred to as Xanthoma.

People having high levels of blood cholesterol, especially bad cholesterol or the ones with low good cholesterol are more prone to be affected by this condition. Females who have reached their menopause and diabetic patients, patients affected by liver diseases are all easily affected by this problem. However, people having no complaints of high cholesterol are also likely to be affected by Xanthelasma. This is generally true in the cases where the people have a family history of high blood cholesterol. Young people do not have as high chance as the middle aged or the older people of being affected by the condition. Women are more affected than the men.Eye_Care_Image_Eye Xanthelasma Removal: 

Though Xanthelama is neither painful nor harmful, a lot of people affected might want to remove it for cosmetic reasons more than the medical reasons. Since the disfiguring growth affects the looks, there are many methods available for a safe Xanthelasma removal like-

  1. A simple surgery to remove the growth.
  2. Using laser technology, like the one used in various other cases of growth removal in dermatological cases.
  3. Electrodesiccation, where the extra growth is treated with the help of an electric needle.
  4. Cryotherapy, where the growth is treated by freezing it with the help of liquid nitrogen.
  5. By dissolving the growth with help of bichloroacetic acid or the trichloroacetic acid.
  6. DIY methods of using various Xanthelasma removal creams at home that promise a safe removal of growth without leaving any scars or bruises.homepage-hero-image-overlay

All the above methods of treating the outgrowth in Xanthelasma are popular and widely used. There is a high likelihood of reoccurrence of the disease especially in the cases where the patient has a family history of high cholesterol and it is hereditary.

Side effects of Xanthelasma Removal:

Some of the common side effects of the therapies used in the treatment of Xanthelasma removal are as follows-

  1. Bruising
  2. Scarring
  3. Swelling
  4. Infection
  5. Discoloration
  6. Reoccurrence of the lesion
  7. Chances of corneal damage due to the use of laser beam are also a possibility.

Though Xanthelasma is not harmful condition in itself but their presence is a sign of high blood cholesterol and other fats in the blood. They can be directly linked to heart diseases and thus cannot be ignored completely. According to a recent research, the presence of xanthelasma is associated with an increased risk of heart attack in 51% of people and a higher risk of Ischemic heart disease in about 40% of the people.


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