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- Requires medical diagnosis
- Symptoms: Firm rounded bumps
- Color: Typically flesh-colored or yellowish
- Location: Generally around the eyelid
- Treatment: No treatment necessary; cauterizing, cryosurgery, electrosurgery or laser treatment
Syringoma is a benign skin tumor around the eyelids caused by an excessive growth of sweat gland cells.
The tumors are small, skin-colored bumps and are more common in females and people with Down syndrome. They are more common in individuals with darker skin as well.
Their appearance can be confused with xanthelasma (cholesterol deposits on the eyelids), trichoepitheliomas and basal cell skin cancer.
Symptoms of Syringoma
A syringoma is a skin coloured or yellowish firm rounded bump. It is well-defined and sized one to three millimetres in diameter. Syringomas usually first appear at puberty, but additional lesions can develop later. They do not itch or cause pain.
The condition usually appears as a crop of multiple lesions typically around the eyelid. They can also appear on the forehead, upper cheeks, armpits, chest, lower abdomen or genitalia. The clusters normally distribute on both sides of the body in a symmetrical fashion.
Abrupt occurrence of syringoma in a group on the chest and abdomen is called eruptive syringoma. Clinically, it may be mistaken for acne vulgaris, sebaceous hyperplasia, milia, lichen planus and granuloma annulare on the trunk.
What can I do?
Although not proven by medical research, there are home remedies that reported success in treating syringoma. This includes applying the following substances on the affected area:
- Aloe vera
- Lemon juice
- Apple cider vinegar
- Pineapple juice
- Castor oil
- Almond oil
- Flaxseed oil
- Onion juice
- Grapefruit seed
Should I seek medical care?
Because syringoma has a similar appearance to that of basal cell carcinoma, you should contact a healthcare provider to rule out the possibility of a cancerous growth.
Treatment for Syringoma
No treatment is necessary for syringoma. Electrosurgery and laser are common treatments for cosmetic purposes. However, they may result in small scars, and the condition may return after treatment. Other methods include cauterizing and freezing (cryosurgery).
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