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Cherry Angioma

It is one of the most common forms of angioma and is also referred to as senile angioma. It is made up of clusters of tiny capillaries on the skin surface and the color ranges from bright red to purple. When they develop, they are a few mm across but sometimes they tend to grow to a cm or more in diameter. When they start growing, they tend to expand in thickness and might take on the raised and rounded shape of a dome. Since the blood vessels which comprise the angioma are so close to the skinís surface, they may bleed profusely if injured. It is one of the most common vascular lesions to appear on human skin. They can occur anywhere on the skin but mainly are found on the torso. One can suffer from cherry angioma at any point of life but mostly they occur after the age of forty. Although they are painless and harmless but one would like to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons. According to the researches conducted it has been found out that more than 70 percent of people of age 70 and above suffer from cherry angioma. Besides the torso, it also occurs on the arms, face, neck, legs and scalp.



The cause of cherry angioma is unknown



The symptoms of cherry angioma are characterized by skin lesion or growth which is small in size and ranges from a pinhead to around ľ inch in diameter, are bright red in color and smooth. If they are torn or punctured they bleed significantly. They generally appear on the torso.



If one wants to treat them, they can go for electrosurgery which is a minor surgical procedure under which a needle like instrument is used for removing it. The other procedure to get rid of cherry angioma is cryotherapy under which the affected area is frozen with liquid nitrogen and the lesion is removed. Another method of getting rid of cherry angioma is laser vaporization under which an intense beam of light is used for removing the angioma. This technique results in minimum harm to the surrounding skin tissue. Until and unless the lesions are large, one can expect excellent cosmetic results.


It is not necessary to treat cherry angioma but a treatment may be required only if they are cosmetically displeasing or prone to bleeding. A dermatologist can recommend the desired treatment.


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