Cherry angiomas are relatively common skin growths that can appear on most areas of the body usually on people age 30 and older. Also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots Cherry angiomas are a broken blood vessel inside a cherry angioma that give them the reddish appearance.
Cherry angiomas are not typically a cause for concern unless it bleeds often or changes in size, shape, or colour. Talk to your doctor if you notice any changes in appearance or bleeding; these could be symptoms of skin cancer.
Cherry Angiomas Treatment
Cherry angiomas treatment involves a pulsed dye laser (PDL) to remove the cherry angioma. The PDL Laser is a concentrated yellow laser that gives off sufficient heat to destroy the lesion. This is a quick and pain-free procedure conducted in our clinic. Depending on how many cherry angiomas you have, there may be several treatment sessions. This laser treatment can cause slight redding which can last up to 10 days.
What Causes Cherry Angiomas?
Cherry angiomas cause is unknown, but there may be a genetic factor so certain people might be more likely to get them. Cherry angiomas have also been associated with pregnancy, chemical exposure, and weather. There also appears to be a link between cherry angiomas and age, often appearing after age 30, and increasing in size and number with age. Multiple angiomas occur in more than 70 percent of people who are at least 70 years old (Schalock, Hsu, & Arndt, 2011).
Cherry Angiomas and Long-Term Prognosis
while a cherry angioma won’t go away on its own, it is not likely to cause you any major problems, although it can bleed if you bump it or your clothes rub against it.
However, a cherry angioma that changes in size, shape, or colour is cause for concern and should be looked at by your dermatologist.