Skin cherry angiomas are common growths that are usually found on the trunk of the body, but they can be found anywhere. These skin growths generally occur after the age of thirty and are harmless. They are noncancerous, and, once diagnosed, they usually do not need any kind of treatment. If skin cherry angiomas prove to be bothersome, they can be removed by a dermatologist.

These angiomas are often bright red and circular in shape, typically ranging in size from a pinpoint to around one-quarter of an inch in diameter. Some cherry angiomas can appear smooth, while others will be slightly raised. When scratched, rubbed, or cut open, an angioma can bleed. However, this should not be confused with spontaneous angioma bleeding, or if it changes in size, shape, or color. If this happens, you should visit a dermatologist, as your growth may be skin cancer.


Skin Cherry Angioma Causes

Most angiomas are the result of a genetic predisposition. The exact cause of these moles is unknown, but they have been linked to exposure to chemicals, climate, certain medical conditions, and pregnancy. Cherry angiomas get their reddish color from an increased number of dilated blood vessels inside the growth.

These moles should not be confused with spider angiomas, which can also appear on the face neck, trunk, and arms. This separate skin condition forms as the result of sphincteric muscle failure. While these growths also pose no cause for concern, people with three or more spider angiomas should seek medical treatment. This is considered abnormal and may be a sign of liver disease.


Cherry Angioma 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. People should not be able to feel these growths, but if you experience pain or itchiness alongside an angioma, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Most angiomas appear on the back and arms, which means you may not notice them. Conducting routine skin checks is a great way to keep an eye on any growths that appear, especially as you age.


Cherry Angioma Treatment

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

While angiomas do not typically require treatment, they may be difficult to identify. If you are unsure whether the mole on your back is an angioma, either a cherry or spider angioma, schedule an appointment at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists.

When to See a Doctor for Angiomas

One of our certified dermatologists can conduct a total body exam to determine whether your growth is benign. In most cases, these little red dots pose no threat to your health, but only a doctor can make that determination. Similarly, if you are in need of a cherry angioma treatment, our doctors can walk you through the process.

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