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What is the cause of white patches under the eyes They are ...

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What is the cause of white patches under the eyes? They are puffy and the one under the left eye is larger. Is there anything I can buy to get rid of them?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. German replied 8 years ago.

Hi, Customer, You can not get rid of these white patches with over the counter drugs .

You need consulting a Dermatologist who will evaluate you to determine why you have these lesions to give you the appropriate treatment .


The real cause of this disorder is unknown,some theories suggest that is caused by a reaction of the immune cells against the skin cells that produce melanin ( the melanin gives color to your skin , the loss of melanin will produce these white patches ) , but sometimes skin fungal infections can produce these white patches also .

The dermatologist will determine what of both conditions you have to give you the appropriate treatment , the treatment could include topical corticosteroids , and psoralen or antifungal medications ,if what you have is a fungal infection .

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to ALVARO's Post: Why can't I buy an antifungal medication over the counter? I have been told by a physician that these are due to high cholesterol.
Expert:  Dr. German replied 8 years ago.

What it could be related to high cholesterol are fatty lumps under your eyes,but not skin white patches .

In relation to using antifungal medications over the counter , remember that these lesions are under your eyes ( a very delicate area ) , and the creams sold over the counter are not designed to treat this specific area .

It is also important that your doctor confirms or rules out this possibility after having a careful medical examination of these white patches .

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