Milia

Definition of Milia

Milia are tiny white bumps or small cysts on the skin.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

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

Signs and tests

The doctor can usually diagnose milia just by examining the skin. No testing is necessary.

Treatment

In children, no treatment is needed.

Expectations (prognosis)

In children, milia usually disappear after the first several weeks of life without treatment and without any lasting effects.

Review

Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 6/2/2009

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