A skin condition in which deposita of yellowish cholesterol-rich material fat builds up under the surface of the skin. Xanthomas are not painful or dangerous, but can be cosmetically disfiguring. Xanthomas may appear anywhere on the body, but are most frequently found on the elbows, joints, tendons, knees, hands, feet, and buttocks.Your dermatologist can remove them, however it's a good idea to follow-up at your regular doctor because people who develope these type of fatty deposits have a 51% higher risk of heart disease even if your cholestral count is good. Ask your doctor to do a heart evaluation - stress test, etc.
Xanthelasma is a form of xanthoma that appears on the eyelids.
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