Is there anything I can do to get the white bumps on my eye lids to go away?

A fellow caregiver asked...

i have these white bumps on my eye lids. i think this is from high cholesterol. if i can get my cholesterol in check, will these bumps go away. is there anything i can get to make them go away?

Expert Answer

Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40 years of nursing experience in Cardiology between them. The main goal of their work is to counsel, motivate and empower women to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

The first thing to do is to find out what are causing the white bumps on your eyelids. If you have a history of high cholesterol (especially triglycerides) these whilte bumps may be xanthomas. They are caused by fatty deposits due to the high cholesterol levels. By treating the underlying high cholesterol, a reduction or resolution of these bumps can occur. If not, there are topical treatments or excisional procedures that can be done. A dermatologist would be the doctor to see for that type of treatment. It is possible that they will recur even if you have them removed. Most importantly,though, is getting the cholesterol contolled to decrease your risk for other cardiovascular diseases as well.

Another cause of white bumps on the eyelids is clogged or blocked oil glands. These white bumps are called milia.

I would recommend you see your primary healthcare provider to check your cholesterol and the dermatologist to accurately diagnose the cause of the bumps on your eyelids.