Angiomas

Cherry angiomas are common skin growths that are usually found on the trunk of the body, but can be found anywhere. These skin growths generally occur after the age of thirty and are harmless. They are noncancerous, and once diagnosed usually do not need any kind of treatment, though they can be removed if bothersome.

Causes: Increased numbers of dilated blood vessels inside the cherry angioma are the reason for their reddish color. However, the exact cause of cherry angiomas is unknown. They have been associated with pregnancy, climate and exposure to certain kinds of chemicals.

Symptoms: This skin growth can be bright red, purple or blue-black in color and circular or oval in shape. Sizes of cherry angiomas vary, and commonly become larger as the person ages. They can be flat and smooth on the surface of the skin or be slightly raised. If scratched or cut, the angioma may bleed.

Treatment: Cherry angiomas usually do not need any treatment. If they are cosmetically problematic or frequently bleed, the angioma can be removed. Removal treatments may include cautery, shaving, freezing, and laser surgery.