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.
In children, no treatment is needed.
In children, milia usually disappear after the first several weeks of life without treatment and without any lasting effects.
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