The deposit of hard lumps of calcium on the skin is a disorder known as Calcinosis. Calcium deposits can occur anywhere on the body, including the face, and there are many causes that lead to this condition, which results in tissue damage. The main cause of Calcinosis is malfunctioning or failing kidneys. When these organs are unable to get rid of excess calcium and phosphates, calcium residue is left on the skin. Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatiod arthritis and scleroderma also contribute to soft tissue damage in the areas where the disease most affects the body, leading to Calcinosis.
The deposit of these calcium lumps can usually be found in one area of the body or face but with an autoimmune disorder, there is a greater chance of frequency in the deposits of calcium, which results in multiple area deposits that are more difficult to treat.
This article explores the causes of calcium deposits on the face and how to treat them.
Causes of Calcium Deposits on Face:
* Facial tumors, facial perspiration and joint injury are other causes of calcium deposits on the skin and face.
* When the thyroid gland is overstimulated, this can be a cause for calcium to be deposited on the skin, and especially on the face, because of the excess production of calcium and phosphates.
* Although not a leading cause of Calcinosis, too much Vitamin D can contribute to calcium deposits on the face. Consult a doctor if you are taking a Vitamin D supplement for other health reasons and these deposits appear on the face.
* Paget’s disease and other bone cancers, including bone-related tumors, can also cause calcium deposits to appear on the skin.
Treatment of Calcium Deposits on Face:
* If only one area is affected by calcium deposits or the lumps are very big and painful, the condition can be corrected by surgery. However, if multiple areas of the face are affected and keep occurring, surgery may not be an option and treatment becomes very difficult. Speak to your doctor about oral prescription medications that may be able to treat the lumps.
* Although they can be quite painful, calcium deposits are not harmful to the body. To treat inflamed deposits, apply ice to the affected area. Also, consult a doctor who can prescribe cortisone injections to reduce the swelling and relieve the pain of inflamed lumps.
While there are many causes that lead to the Calcinosis, there are not as many treatments. Remember to always check with a physician before treating calcium deposits and only take medication that has been prescribed by a doctor.