Other Names for a Cherry Angioma?
Cherry angiomas are also known as Campbell de Morgan spots, red moles, red cherry spots or senile angiomas -due to their prevalence in older people. What is the distinction between cherry angiomas and cherry hemangiomas? Hemangiomas can appear from infancy to childhood and are comprised of different cells.
What are Red Cherry Spots?
- Most commonly appear on your torso, arms, and legs.
- Size ranges from 2 to 4 millimetres (mm).
- Their colour ranges from light to dark red.
- The term “cherry” refers to their colour and appearance on the skin.
- Sometimes they have a pale halo.
- They frequently appear in groups.
Prevalence of Cherry Angiomas?
- They can occur at any age; however, they increase with age
- After age 30, an estimated 50% of adults have cherry angiomas on their skin.
- Cherry angiomas are also very common in 75% of adults aged 75 and up.
- There is no difference in race or gender/sex; unlike xanthelasma, there is no association with systemic health.
- They are common in pregnant women, even though their cause is unknown. According to research, hormones and high prolactin levels (a hormone produced by your pituitary gland) have been linked to their development on your skin during pregnancy, and they frequently reduce in size or disappear independently after birth.
Do Cherry Angiomas Itch?
Cherry angiomas have no known direct cause and typically appear with age. However, several factors, including pregnancy hormones, can cause a cherry angioma to appear on your skin. Asymptomatic cherry angiomas should not itch. If your skin becomes itchy near angiomas, avoid scratching the area because you may irritate the angioma and cause it to bleed.
- An itchy bump on your skin could be caused by a variety of factors unrelated to the angioma, such as:
- If the spot on your skin continues to itch and cause discomfort, seek an assessment with a doctor
Diagnosing & Treating Cherry Spots
- A visual examination of your skin is used to diagnose cherry angiomas. There are no tests required to diagnose this condition.
- They do not require treatment. You may prefer to remove cherry angiomas if you dislike how they look.
Cherry angiomas are removed by:
- Liquid Nitrogen
- Laser or BBL
What should you do if my red cherry spot starts to bleed?
Cherry angiomas are raised bumps on your skin that can easily be scratched or injured, resulting in bleeding or infection. If your cherry angioma is bleeding, treat the area as a wound by cleaning it, applying antibacterial ointment, and bandaging it.
After being removed, cherry angiomas may reappear on your skin. If they do return, you should not be concerned because they are harmless. Because red cherry spots are entirely harmless, there is no need to seek medical attention unless they are bothering you or frequently bleeding due to an injury. Consult our doctor about treating or removing them.
Please book online or call 07 33505447 for a consult with our Laser and skin nurse, Christine.