Red Birthmarks, Hemangiomas, and Your Skin

If you’ve already read “What exactly is a birthmark?,” you already know birthmarks come in many shapes and sizes. Here you’ll see what the different types of birthmarks can look like.

Will it go away? A few disappear, but most remain on the skin for life. Because melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, can develop in a mole, this birthmark should be checked by a dermatologist.

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Hemangiomas are a common type of birthmark caused by extensive development of blood vessels. They appear at or soon after birth and are usually harmless and painless. They normally require no treatment because they will generally shrink. Surgery, lasers, or medications may be necessary if they are close to the eye or mouth and cause vision or breathing problems, or if they affect the child’s self-esteem. Photo credit: Medical Images

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When the birthmark shrinks, the skin may break down, causing pain. If this happens, see your child’s dermatologist. The right wound care can help speed healing and eliminate the pain.

Healthcare providers commonly diagnose cherry angiomas based on the growth’s color, shape, and size. Examining the growth can help rule out other skin conditions like petechiae.

Medical name: Hypopigmented macule

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Will it go away? This birthmark can change, but it doesn’t go away.

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As your child grows, this birthmark may stay the same or change. It’s most likely to change during the teen years. It may thicken. You may notice the birthmark changes color, becoming slightly yellow or orange. The surface can feel pebbly or warty.

What it looks like: Often looking like a bruise, this birthmark may be light blue, dark blue, or blue gray.

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Researchers do not know precisely why cherry angiomas appear on the body.

Medical name: Nevus simplex

Barnhill RG and Rabinovitz H. “Benign melanocytic neoplasms.” In: Bolognia JL, et al. Dermatology. (second edition). Mosby Elsevier, Spain, 2008:1713,1720-3.

What Are Red Moles (Cherry Angiomas)

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Medical name: Superficial infantile hemangioma

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Will it go away? No. This spot remains on the skin for life.

Where it usually develops on the body: Usually the face or the back of the neck, but it can appear elsewhere on the skin.

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