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Conditions

Xanthelasma

Xanthelasma

This condition is caused by a collection of yellowish cholesterol deposits underneath the skin around the eyes. Although they are not harmful, their appearance can be upsetting, but removal of this common condition is not without risks. As the affected area is normally very close to the eyes, surgery is risky, and will often leave significant scarring. There is also no guarantee that the Xanthelasma won’t reoccur in the future. Lazer and cryotherapy is another possibility, but also comes with it’s own risks of scarring, so a more common treatment is for sufferers to disguise the condition with make-up. Although this make up must be applied every day, the result can be extremely encouraging. Sufferers should ensure that they are tested for high cholesterol levels, though they can occur without this and often occur in familes.

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my eyelids are yellow, and getting worse. is this the same condition? I am so embarrassed by it - even y children mention it every morning, and i have to put make up on before my boyfriend sees me. I am getting very anxious about he summer and make up not staying put in the water etc...





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I have had them for over two years now. I used 50% glycolic acid on the smaller ones below my eyes. Applied with a qtip. Wiped off with a damp cloth after 5 or 6 minutes. They scabbed in a couple days and after a week were healed. I kept neosporen on them at night during healing. Greatly reduced and less visible.





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A friend told me they can be drawn off with a syringe and needle. Not sure who does this but I have never heard of it before. Would be nice and immediate I guess.

Hi Ihve had this under y right eye or just over a year and when I read up abut I I was getting really worried as it was saying I would have 10 years but luckily I have found this sit and I have read all your own stories I have been putting raw garic on and it burns like mad and am also taking odourless garlic capsules ,I am so happy to hear that it s not a death sentence, Thanks to you all I can stop being worried and anxious xx





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My hubby has these on his eyes, I'm so used to looking at him that I don't notice them until he reminds me, they are quite bad now, he is conscious of them all the time. No way would he have surgery, and no way could we afford this Gel stuff. But I am VERY interested to know about the Garlic. What's that all about? How do you use it, what do you do, how does it work? Does it work? Anything anyone can tell me would be helpful. Thanks.





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How can I get these removed on the nhs I have been told they don't cover the cost.





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I've found quite a good way of reducing Xanthelasma areas around the eyes along with eye bags. You hav to be very careful and apply hemorrhoid cream with an ear bud. Over a period of time it shrinks them down and tightens up the bags. But be careful when applying and removing. I have been doing this for a while now and results are good.





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I've heard of this! Heard it does work over time! However, my question is..what do you mean apply with ear bud? And how long do you leave the cream on? And you said be careful when applying and removing...can you give me more details please?

Mine have got really bad on both eyes top and bottom. Had removed cut away and burnt but came back. Seen a specialist who would not redo them as could cause droop to eyes. So had them burnt with acid. Came back worse. Told nothing can be done so have to wear sunglasses and now stay in.





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I have already had removal of the fatty lumps from my lids (in my late 30's) but as I've got older they have returned.I recently had a bad infection through a piece of pollen in my eye and it blew up like balloon. When the infection was better it has left me with a bag of loose skin and another fatty scar under my eye. I am a diabetic 2 and keep hearing of its because of that, but I had them in my teens when I was fit and very healthy with a low Cholesterol reading). I also have a sleepy eye which is particularly ugly. However, I am 59 in May and hear that doctors will tell me just to put up with it and another problem I live in France. Got any ideas?





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I had mine cut out last week I get the stitches out today I would rather have a scar! than yellow eyes





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did you get it done on nhs or private. liz

on the NHS with o problem Lis

I've got them too. They're on my eyelids and are rather small but they draw a fair bit of attention. I don't mind them though. To me they're just another characteristic to define, and hey, if something were to ever happen to me it'll make a body identity check real easy. Doesn't cause me any bother. I was, however, a little concerned when i found out about it though. Kept reading rubbish things about heart attacks and 10 years to live. Not to mention it being in way older generations. I'm 16 and have had them fors years. Reckon hat means i could drop any day now? ;)





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