AskDefine | Define milium

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milium n : a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland [syn: whitehead] [also: milia (pl)]

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Milia, also known as milk spots or oil seeds, are benign, keratin-filled cysts that can appear just under the epidermis or on the roof of the mouth. They are commonly associated with newborn babies but can appear on people of all ages. They are usually found around the nose and eyes.
In children milia often disappears within two to four weeks. In adults it may require removal by a physician or a cosmetologist.
Milia can sometimes be a result of harsh face washes or from repeated heat stress from hot showering on people with sensitive skins.

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milium in German: Milien
milium in Finnish: Luufinni
milium in French: Milium (médecine)
milium in Dutch: Gerstekorrel
milium in Polish: Prosaki
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