Cherry angioma, also known as red moles, is a common skin condition that due to proliferating endothelial cells, these are the cells that line the inside of a blood vessel. Cherry angioma is also known as cherry hemangioma, senile angiomas, or Campbell de Morgan spots. Cherry angioma is the most common type of angioma. there are other types of angioma include spider angioma and angiokeratoma.
It is rare for children to develop these noncancerous lesions. Cherry angiomas most commonly appear in adults older than 30 years. They can occur almost anywhere on the body, but usually develop on the trunk.
In this video, we will introduce some information about cherry angioma causes, when should take treatment, and treatment options.
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What causes cherry angiomas?
The exact cause of cherry angiomas is unknown. However, they may run in families. Some other risk factors include:
- Exposure to chemicals, especially bromide
- Certain medical conditions
When to seek medical treatment for cherry angioma?
This type of skin growth is typically not a cause for concern unless it bleeds often or changes in size, shape, or color. You may also seek medical treatment because of cosmetic purpose.
Treatment options for cherry angioma
Some of the most common procedures include:
- Electrocauterization: In this surgery, the angioma is burnt with the help of an electric current delivered by a tiny probe.
- Cryosurgery: Cryosurgery is a quick and relatively hassle-free procedure. It involves freezing the angioma with liquid nitrogen. The extreme cold will terminate angioma.
- Laser surgery: This surgery uses a pulsed dye laser to eliminate cherry angioma. The laser emits sufficient heat to destroy the lesion.
- Shave excision: This surgery involves the removal of angiomas from the top portion of the skin. Unlike other invasive surgery that utilizes needles and sutures, this surgery doesn’t require those.
If you think you have a cherry angioma, and especially if you have a spot that’s grown and changed over time, mention it to your healthcare provider so they can confirm whether it’s a cherry angioma or something more serious.
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