Xanthoma can be treated naturally using home remedies such as garlic and supplements like niacin. Castor oil is another effective natural remedy for xanthoma.
A xanthoma is a deposit of fat on the skin, commonly around the eyes, joints, hands or feet. Traditional solutions include surgery. Fortunately natural remedies are quite effective at removing xanthomas with out the significant expense of a medical procedure.
How to Get Rid of Xanthoma at Home
Castor Oil is an excellent way to heal xanthoma. When using castor oil for medical purposes, especially near the eyes, always use hexane free castor oil. Use a cotton bud to apply castor oil to the xanthoma(s) twice each day. Castor oil is safe for ophthalmologic use. In fact it is is commonly used on or in the eyes to promote good sleep, remove cataracts and lengthen eyelashes.
A fresh sliver of raw garlic can be applied directly to a xanthoma twice a day to remove it. Fresh garlic is potent and this remedy may cause temporary burning. Sometimes the xanthoma looks worse before it loos better. Avoid getting garlic on healthy skin. To relieve discomfort, follow up with a bit of castor oil or coconut oil. Garlic capsules can be used instead. The garlic oil in the gel caps can be applied to xanthomas. This method is a more gentle way to use garlic but it may take longer for the xanthoma to disappear.
If the xanthoma(s) are caused by elevated cholesterol, niacin supplements may be helpful. Niacin is taken internally to eliminate a xanthoma, not topically. Niacin causes the blood vessels to dilate. This can cause a harmless flushing of the skin. To avoid the “niacin flush” use a “flush free” niacin supplement.
Lecithin helps the body to break down fat. Lecithin is sold in granulated or powdered form and is easy to add to a smoothie or sprinkled on meals. It is also sold in supplement form. Including lecithin may help to break down the xanthomas.
Causes of Xanthomas
Xanthomas may be secondary to hypothyroidism or diabetes. High cholesterol is linked to xanthomas as well. The best way to treat xanthomas and prevent future xanthomas is to get other health problems under control, if at all possible.
If you have xanthomas, a good diet will be important to help the body heal and prevent future xanthomas. Avoid processed foods, sugar and fried foods. Consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, wild caught fish, whole grains and water or herbal tea.
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