What are cherry angiomas?
Cherry angiomas also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots, are common skin growths that can develop on most areas of your body. This type of skin growth is typically not a cause for concern unless it bleeds often or changes in size, shape, or color. Talk to your doctor if you notice any bleeding or changes in appearance. These could be symptoms of skin cancer.
What do they look like?
A cherry angioma is often bright red, circular or oval in shape. It ranges in size from a pinpoint to one-fourth of an inch in diameter. Bleeding can occur if the angioma is scratched, rubbed, or cut open.
What are the causes cherry of angiomas?
The exact cause of cherry angiomas is unknown, but there may be a genetic factor that makes certain people more likely to get them. They may also be linked to pregnancy, exposure to chemicals, and climate. They often begin to appear when individuals reach 30 years old, and seem to increase in size and number with age.
When to seek medical treatment for cherry angiomas?
This type of skin growth is typically not a cause for concern unless it bleeds often or changes in size, shape, or color. Talk to your doctor if you notice any bleeding or changes in appearance. These could be symptoms of skin cancer.
How are cherry angiomas treated?
These can be removed for cosmetic reasons or if it is in an area that is easily bumped leading to bleeding. We offer a variety of procedures for treatment of angiomas including:
This procedure involves freezing the angioma with liquid nitrogen. The extreme cold will destroy it. This method is known for being a quick and relatively easy procedure. You often only need one treatment session for cryosurgery to work.
This procedure uses laser to get rid of the cherry angioma. This method is quick and is done as an outpatient procedure. The wound doesn’t require much care afterward. And there is a lower chance of infection compared to other types of interventions.
Depending on how many angiomas you have, you may need between one and three treatment sessions. This procedure can cause slight bruising, which can last up to 10 days.