Popsicle panniculitis (pih-NIK-yuh-LITE-iss) is an inflammation of the bottom layer
of skin in the
cheeks caused by exposure to cold.
More to Know
The bottom layer of our skin, the subcutaneous tissue, is made up of connective
tissue, sweat glands, blood
vessels, and cells that store fat. Inflammation of this tissue is called panniculitis.
Panniculitis can be caused by a number of conditions, including exposure to cold.
This is known as cold panniculitis. Popsicle panniculitis is a type of cold panniculitis
that affects some infants 6 to 72 hours after they suck on a popsicle or ice cube.
Popsicle panniculitis causes swelling and redness in the cheeks near the corners of
Popsicle panniculitis is a rare condition that usually only affects infants and
young children. Doctors believe this is because infants have a higher concentration
of fatty acids in their subcutaneous tissue than adults do. The only treatment required
for popsicle panniculitis is to remove the source of cold or limit the child's exposure
Keep in Mind
Popsicle panniculitis is a harmless condition that almost always clears up on its
own within a few weeks. Children who have had popsicle panniculitis should have their
exposure to cold limited until they're a little older and less at risk of a recurrence
of the condition.
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