A syringoma is a harmless bump often found on the upper cheeks and lower eyelids of young men and women. Syringomas are caused by an overgrowth of sweat glands (eccrine glands).
Syringomas often occur after puberty, and can develop in any race or ethnicity. Girls are more often affected compared to boys, and it tends to run in families. Syringomas appear more often in people with Down syndrome, as are those with diabetes mellitus.
Syringomas most often occur on the:
- Upper cheeks
- Lower eyelids
- Chest area
- Penis or vulva
What do syringomas look like?
Syringomas look like a flesh-coloured sometimes-yellowish bump, about 1-3mm in diameter. They occur in evenly-distributed clusters. Eruptive syringomas look like lesions that appear on the chest and abdomen.
Do syringomas hurt or itch?
No, syringomas don’t feel like anything much.
Why do syringomas appear?
Syringomas can appear quite suddenly (eruptive syringoma), particularly in those with darker skin. We’re not sure why.
Getting rid of syringomas is as simple as removing them, either by burning, cutting, laser treatment, dermabrasion, or freezing. With a good dermatologist, the risk of scarring or complications is minimal but does exist. The syringomas don’t tend to recur after treatment, but may in some people.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your syringomas, make an appointment with one of our expert dermatologists who can help guide you in terms of treatment choices. Since this may happen to teenagers and young adults, parental assistance is likely to be required. Our dermatologists are attentive to the needs of young people, so you can rest assured that you are all in good hands.
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