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In last couple of days, am seeing an extra skin coming out

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In last couple of days, am seeing an extra skin coming out over my left eyelids. Its not paining though, and would like to know, the reason for it and whether it can be removed safely.
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What do you mean by an extra skin?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Dr. Rick,

A small skin coming out (hanging) on the left eyelid.

Can you take a picture and upload it so I can see?
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Dr. Rick.

Below is the link. I have highlighted the skin area in the photo.


Thanks for the excellent picture.
That could be a couple of things. The most likely is something called a syringoma. These are caused by overgrowth of sweat gland cell located in your skin.
No treatment is necessary however they can be removed by simple excision or cautery.
It could also be a milia. These are small bumps filled with keratin and tend to have a hard feel to them. They are from plugged up skin glands and can be removed by "popping" them with a needle and squeezing out the keratin lump. A special tool, called a comodome extractor is made just for this purpose.
So. What is the take home message? The extra skin you are seeing is nothing to worry about. It is not a cancer or anything like that :)
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thank you Dr. Rick for your advise.
Can the extra skin go in its own, without being removed by simple excision or cautery or do I need to visit my family doctor to get it removed
Also, today morning I had gone to Rexall to check, whether I can get over the counter medication to remove the skin. The pharmacist asked me, whether I have cholesterol problem? Can the overgrowth of sweat gland be because of cholesterol problem as this is happening to first time and last time during my annual health check the cholesterol level was normal.
Please advise.
You can leave the skin as it is...that will not hurt anything.
It might not go away on its own but it shouldn't get bigger.
This issue is not from cholesterol. The pharmacist is confusing this skin thing with xanthelasma, which is totally different.
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