What is a Syringoma?
Syringoma is a benign skin condition that manifests as small, firm, flesh-colored or yellowish bumps on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the lower eyelids, cheeks, and neck, although they can also occur in other parts of the body. Syringomas are caused by overgrowth of sweat gland cells and are typically harmless, but they can be unsightly and cause self-consciousness.
Who is Commonly Affected by this Condition?
The exact cause of Syringoma is unknown, but certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing the condition. These risk factors include a family history of Syringoma, being female, and having a medical condition such as diabetes or Down syndrome.
Symptoms of Syringoma
The primary symptom of a syringoma is the appearance of small, flesh-colored or yellowish bumps on the skin. These bumps are usually painless and do not itch, but they can be unsightly and cause self-consciousness.
Diagnosis of Syringoma
Syringomas can often be diagnosed based on their appearance, but a biopsy may be performed to confirm the diagnosis. During a biopsy, a small sample of tissue is removed from the bump and examined under a microscope to determine if it is a Syringoma.
Syringomas are typically harmless and do not require treatment. However, if they are causing cosmetic concerns, there are several treatment options available. These include:
- Topical treatments: Creams or gels containing retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids may help to reduce the appearance of Syringomas.
- Laser therapy: Laser therapy involves using a high-intensity laser beam to destroy the Syringoma. It may require multiple sessions and has a longer recovery time than electrosurgery.
- Excision: In this procedure, the Syringoma is surgically removed. It is typically done under local anesthesia and may require stitches.
The best option for you will depend on your specific condition and preference.