The expert added: “Though they are usually harmless, these deposits can signal a serious underlying issue, and should be investigated by your GP.”

Even though xanthomas can point to high cholesterol, the condition doesn’t usually present many symptoms.

Dr Foale said: “In general, there are no clear signs that a person’s cholesterol levels are too high.

“It is a hidden risk factor, which means it happens without us knowing.

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