A cherry angioma is a benign skin growth that appears as a small, smooth, cherry-red bump. They are fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body but usually develop on the trunk.
They rarely occur on the hands or feet. When they first occur, cherry angiomas are about the size of a pinhead and do not protrude above the surface of the skin. However, some grow to 1/4 inch across or more, and become spongy and dome- or mushroom-shaped. They are most common after age 40.
Alternate Names : Angioma – Cherry, Senile Angioma
Different types of Angiomas
- Spider angiomas
- Cherry angiomas
Causes of Cherry Angioma
The cause of angiomas is not known. A Cherry angiomas and are due to aging and do not have any known significance. Angiomas are more common in childhood, during pregnancy and most common after age 40 and a few can appear on anyone. When present in large numbers, the may warn of liver damage. Angiokeratomas are an overgrowth of blood vessels and skin cells. They are not dangerous.
Symptoms of Cherry Angioma
There are some Symptoms of Cherry Angioma
- Small – pinhead size to about 1/4 inch in diameter
- Bright red
Treatment of Cherry Angioma
Cherry Angioma can be treated with electrodessication, liquid nitrogen or laser.
- Electrodessication : Electrodessication consists of touching the skin with an electric needle and destroying the blood vessels that make up the tumor.
- Liquid nitrogen : Liquid nitrogen is a cold, liquefied gas that is sprayed on the skin with a spray gun. This works by freezing and destroying the tumor of blood vessels.
Laser : Laser uses a beam of concentrated light.