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What is the definition of Milia?

Milia are tiny white bumps or small cysts on the skin. They are almost always seen in newborn babies.

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What are the causes of Milia?

Milia occur when dead skin becomes trapped in small pockets at the surface of the skin or mouth. They are common in newborn infants.

Similar cysts are seen in the mouths of newborn infants. They are called Epstein pearls. These cysts also go away on their own.

Adults may develop milia on the face. The bumps and cysts also occur on parts of the body that are swollen (inflamed) or injured. Rough sheets or clothing may irritate the skin and mild reddening around the bump. The middle of the bump will stay white.

Irritated milia are sometimes called "baby acne." This is incorrect since milia are not a true from of acne.

What are the symptoms of Milia?

Symptoms may include:

  • Whitish, pearly bump in the skin of newborns
  • Bumps that appear across the cheeks, nose, and chin
  • Whitish, pearly bump on gums or roof of mouth (they may look like teeth coming through the gums)
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What are the current treatments for Milia?

In children, no treatment is needed. Skin changes on the face or cysts in the mouth often go away after the first few weeks of life without treatment. There are no lasting effects.

Adults may have milia removed to improve their appearance.

Who are the top Milia Local Doctors?
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Manav Rachna Dental College

Faridabad, HR, IN 

Alpa Gupta is in Faridabad, India. Gupta is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Milia. She is also highly rated in 1 other condition, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Milia, Acute Pain, and Hypothermia.

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College Of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University

Majmaah, SA 

Md Manzar is in Majmaah, Saudi Arabia. Manzar is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Milia. He is also highly rated in 3 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Milia, Insomnia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder GAD, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 
 
 
 
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Faculty Of Dentistry

New Delhi, DL, IN 

Vivek Aggarwal is in New Delhi, India. Aggarwal is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Milia. He is also highly rated in 2 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Milia, Parathyroid Adenoma, Parathyroid Cancer, and Hyperparathyroidism.

How do I prevent Milia?

There is no known prevention.

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Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : April 14, 2021
Published By : Charles I. Schwartz, MD, FAAP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, General Pediatrician at PennCare for Kids, Phoenixville, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Dinulos JGH. Acne, rosacea, and related disorders. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Habif's Clinical Dermatology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 7.

Long KA, Martin KL. Dermatologic diseases of the neonate. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 666.

James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM. Epidermal nevi, neoplasms, and cysts. In: James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM, eds. Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 29.