Cherry Angioma


Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Understanding Cherry Angioma

Cherry Angioma is small reddish bumps that occur on the skin. They are the most common vascular proliferations in the skin. As the name suggests, they are bright red in color usually tiny, though, at times, they grow and become around a quarter inch in diameter. They have small capillaries or blood vessels, and due to their red color have earned the name Cherry Angioma.

Cherry Angioma is the most common type of angioma. They are also referred by other names such as Cherry Hemangioma, Capillary Angioma, and Senile Angioma.

Characteristics

These bumps look like a mole growth on the skin. The bumps are small, normally circular or ovaland generally manifest on the trunk, although they can appear on other parts of the body.

  • Some of the angiomas look flat and merge with the skin. Agingcould give angioma a raised appearance.
  • The size and color of angioma may vary depending upon exposure to sunlight. They are thought to be benign tumors caused due to slight bulging of blood vessels and abnormal proliferation of skin cells.
  • Cherry angioma can also acquire a blue, purple or even black tinge. They are firm to touch especially in the center.
  • The color and brightness of most angioma stay consistent over a period of time.
  • Any bleeding noticed from the angioma along with swelling and irritation should not be ignored.
  • The good part is Cherry angioma is not painful and do not cause any long-term health issues. Most often, they do not require treatment unless there are other problems associated with it.
  • Family history can predispose the risks of angioma in adults. As people get older, cherry angioma can occur in more than one place.
  • They are also found on the face, neck, arms, and shoulder of older adults.

Who are at risk of Cherry Angioma?

Hormonal changes or disturbances are a risk factor for cherry angiomas. Heredity can also increase the risk of cherry angioma.

  • Pregnant women
  • Victims of liver failure
  • Infants, although cherry angioma is visible only at four to six weeks after birth
  • Senior adults

Types of angioma

Two types of angioma have been recognized- cherry angioma and spider angioma.

  • Spider angioma: Appear round and dark in the middle and redness that spreads from the center. Spider angiomas are common in childhood and during pregnancy. If they occur in large numbers, it could be indicative of the liver. The cause of spider angioma is usually hormonal imbalance and can affect both children as well as adults.
  • Cherry angioma: These are mostly genetic but can also arise with advancing age. Cherry angioma rarely occursin children.

Causes of Cherry Angioma

Cherry Angioma is caused by dilation and proliferation of endothelial cells that line the blood vessels. Blood vessels break open the angioma that occurs on the skin and looks a bright red. Some of the causes of cherry angioma are as follows:

  • Weakening of dermal capillary walls due to aging.
  • Genetics plays an important role according to research studies.
  • Pregnancy and hormonal changes can cause cherry angioma. They do not go away post pregnancy.
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals and metals like bromide can trigger the onset of these benign bumps.
  • Exposure to pesticides or synthetic food products and texture enhancers can cause cherry angioma.

How to diagnose Cherry Angioma?

A dermatologist can easily recognize a cherry angioma without any tests. Usually, medical practitioners conduct a thorough examination to confirm the diagnosis. Some of the symptoms that help with the diagnosis are:

  • The presence of small armpit bumps or lumps that are red in color
  • Tiny red bumps on the face, neck, arms and even shoulders especially in the older generation
  • Doctors watch out for any changes in size, color or occurrence of bleeding to decide on treatment measures.
  • Any change in color may prompt doctors to investigate further to rule out serious health risks, for instance, skin cancers.
  • Treatment for Cherry Angioma

Most cherry angioma does not pose a potential danger. In some cases, doctors remove the growth and send for biopsy to rule out cancer. The removal of cherry angioma is relatively simple. Most of the patients leave the growth untreated unless it affects their appearance or if it is bleeding, itching and a cause for persistent irritation. This is more of a cosmetic choice rather than a health-related issue. Doctors’ may advise an MRI or angiography only in exceptional cases.

There are three ways to treat angioma:

  • Excision: This procedure involves removing the angioma through cutting or shaving. It is normally performed after using local anesthesia to minimize the pain. This procedure results in some amount of scarring. Therefore, this treatment is not appropriate for removing angioma on the face or on the neck.
  • Electrodesiccation: In this procedure, an electric needle is used to destroy blood vessels.
  • Cryosurgery: In this procedure, liquid nitrogen gas is used with a spray gun or a cotton swab on the skin to freeze that area. This results in the angioma peeling off. This method is not very effective.
  • Laser: A beam of concentrated light is focused on theangiomato make it disappear or turn grey. It may take 2 to 4 weeks for the angioma to fade.

Cost of treating cherry angioma through laser depends on the size and number of angioma for removal. It takes an hour or so for the laser procedure, spread over two sittings to remove the angioma. Do not expose the skin to sunlight for a few days. Laser treatment gives the best results in treating angioma with minimal side effects.

Natural treatments for Cherry Angioma

Tea tree oil: This is a very common ingredient in most beauty and skin care products. It is safe to use even on the face and neck and suits most sensitive skin types too. It has been used for centuries to treat skin rashes, irritation, discoloration and signs of inflammation. The natural antimicrobial properties contained in this oil are effective in killing fungus and different types of bacteria. This oil also helps in reducing the chance of infection when an angioma is removed.

Chamomile essential oil is also effective in treating angioma and other skin rashes. Lavender oil, orange oil, and pelargonium leaf oil are used along with coconut oil to treat angioma. Applying these oils several times daily helps improve skin conditions.

Apple cider vinegar: The pure fermented form of vinegar is good to treat angioma. Apple cider vinegar contains an active ingredient called acetic acid, which can effectively cleanse, tone and prevent acne or rashes. Dip a cloth in apple cider vinegar and press it against the angioma. Repeat for a few weeks to experience the best results and avoid surgery.

Detoxification:This treatment is very effective in preventing future angioma. Hormonal changes and poor liver health is associated with cherry angioma. Some of the proven ways to detoxify are:

  • Drink homemade vegetable juice and smoothies.
  • Include food high on antioxidants in the diet like leafy greens.
  • Stay away from smoking/ tobacco.
  • Avoid unnecessary medications like hormone replacement drugs and birth control pills.
  • Consume food which contains natural iodine like sea vegetables, cranberries, spirulina, salmon, eggs, yogurt, prunes, and strawberries.
  • Consume organic foods as much as possible and avoid soft drinks and processed food. Avoid processed grain with enriched flours.

Important guidelines with Cherry Angioma

  • It is always better to have angioma checked by a dermatologist toevaluate if it is a normal angioma or not.
  • A sudden appearance of many angiomas is a cause of concern as it signifies internal malignancy.
  • Complications of angioma depend on where it appears if it grows quickly and is in a dangerous location. For instance, if it causes ulceration, or vision changes, especially if it is positioned in the eye; in some cases, people complain of difficulty breathing if it is positioned in the throat.
  • The appearance of Spider angiomas in large numbersindicatespossible liver damage which needs immediate medical attention.
  • Be watchful for any changes in growth and color of angioma. Noticeable changes in diameter and color with irregular borders and shapes arethe cause of concern.
  • If your skin is very sensitive to any of the home remedies like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, do not use these; seek dermatologist’s advice for safer treatment options.
  • It is very unsafe to have cherry angioma removed at home by using a heated needle. It can lead to unnecessary infection and also leave scars making them more noticeable than before. Getting professional help is always better.

Prevention of Cherry Angioma

Unfortunately, there is not much one can do to prevent the onset of cherry angioma. Research has shown a connection between stress and growth of these lesions. Controlling stress with the help of yoga, meditation or other techniques may help prevent the development of Cherry angiomas.

Facts

  • Cherry Angioma is rare among children.
  • Angioma can occur in about 5% of adolescents.

Facts

  • Adults over 30 years of age develop cherry angioma and this will only increase with age.
  • A cherry angioma, once it appears, will not go away on its own.

Facts

  • Do not shave over a cherry angioma as it can burst and break open.
  • Campbell de Morgan is another name for cherry angioma.

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Dos and Don'ts

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  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle with fitness and meditation to keep stress at bay
  • Ensure the antioxidant-rich diet
  • Consult a dermatologist to ascertain nature of angioma
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  • Prick, poke or scratch a cherry angioma
  • Self-medicate to relieve angioma
  • Ignore an inflamed or bleeding angioma

 

 

 

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Leptospira-IgM Test A Leptospira-IgM test is a blood test which is carried out to detect anti-Leptospira IgM antibody. Leptospirosis is…
nature health benefits
Green Healing: The amazing health benefits of being in nature You have no idea what sitting in a closed room does to your body and mind.Can a stroll…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the world by the…
dandelion weight loss
Caralluma Fimbriata: How to eat this cactus to lose weight Caralluma fimbriata is a miracle cactus that can be safely consumed by most for losing weight and boosting…
Coffee Enema: Turn your favorite morning beverage into a powerful colon cleanser The wonders of coffee are not just limited to waking you up every morning. You can now use…
Atkins diet weight loss
Atkins Diet: The right steps to carb control that can help you lose those pounds fast The Atkins diet is a high fat, low-carb diet with proven weight loss benefits that is flexible enough…
Barium-enema
Barium Enema Barium enema is also known as colon x-ray. Here, the patient is asked to consume small amount of…
phenytoin test
Phenytoin test Phenytoin is a drug that is administered mainly to epilepsy patients. The phenytoin blood test measures the level…
chloride test
Chloride Test A chloride test of the blood checks the level of chloride in body, an important factor governing the…
complement c4 test
Anemia Profile Anemia Profile test (Basic) is a blood screening test that measures the levels of important components of the…
shiitake mushrooms healthy
What are Shiitake Mushrooms and why should you eat them? Shiitake Mushrooms are well known for their smoky and robust taste. However, did you know they are replete…
Optavia diet
The features of an Optavia diet The Optavia diet endorses pre-packaged meals and snacks called "fuelings" that are tasty, low in calorie, and incorporates…
alcohol toxic
7 startling facts that will make you quit alcohol today Does drinking really make you friendly and happy? How many calories does a can of cold beer add…
Love tea, hate tannins? Rooibos tea is just what you need The market is brimming with a multitude of herbal teas. But what makes rooibos tea (or red bush)…
How to correctly perform nasal irrigation using a Neti Pot? Neti pot has been a part of Ayurveda since centuries. This ancient tool is extremely effective in treating…
The Cabbage Soup Diet: The healthiest way to instant weight loss Cabbage soup diet rapid weight loss diet for those who want to shed those extra pounds in less…
reflexology massage
Top reasons why you should go for a reflexology massage today Reflexology involves the application of pressure to your feet and hands to encourage self-healing. Could this be beneficial…
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
Rubella IgM test
Rubella IgM Test The Rubella IgM test is a blood test that is performed to diagnose the presence of the rubella…
sodium blood test
Blood Sodium Test A blood sodium test measures the amount of sodium (an important electrolyte) in your body. It is also…
Coconut sugar: What is it and is it healthier than table sugar? In the long list of things that the wonderful coconut gives us, coconut sugar is another remarkable addition.…
Mood swings
The real reasons for your mood swings and how to overcome them Are you prone to heated moods frequently? Do you also feel bouts of depressive feeling creeping up on…
Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
These are the top foods to increase your hemoglobin count It is important to add iron-rich foods into your diet in order to increase hemoglobin. Deficiency of hemoglobin could…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
GGt test
GGT – Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test GGT or gammaglutamyl transferase test is a liver function test that is used to detect the extent of…
C-Reactive Protein Test A CRP or c-reactive protein blood test is an important diagnostic tool used to determine the risk of…
ANTIPHOSPHOLIPIDANTIBODY(APL)_IgG
Antiphospholipid (APL) antibody-IgG The Antiphospholipid Antibody testing is a blood test used to determine an autoimmune disorder called Antiphospholipid syndrome linked…
valproic acid test
Valproic Acid Test Valproic acid test is performed to generally check for psychiatric and even neurological conditions such as bipolar disease…
vdrl test syphilis
VDRL Test The VDRL test is a blood test that is used to diagnose sexually transmitted or venereal diseases, primarily…
Okra: How can this nutrient-dense vegetable help you fight diabetes? Okra is a food which is rich in nutrients and minerals which are extremely essential for a healthy…
hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
stress depressed anxiety
Are you depressed or just stressed? Know when to see a doctor Why are some people more anxious than others? Is being depressed the same as feeling sad? Have you…
acne removal tips
Anatomy of acne: 7 instant steps to kiss those zits goodbye Blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples-call them what you may. Acne is never good news.Did you know some of the…