What is angiomas?


What are the symptoms of angiomas?

Cherry angiomas, spider angiomas, and venous lakes don't usually cause any symptoms. But they may bleed if scratched or injured.

How are angiomas treated?

Angiomas usually don't need to be treated. But if you don't like the way they look, or if they cause problems, your doctor can remove them with surgery (electrocautery) or by freezing (cryotherapy) or burning them. They can also be removed with laser therapy, such as with a pulsed dye laser.

How are angiomas diagnosed?

Your doctor usually can tell if you have an angioma by looking at its size, shape, and color.

How can you care for an angioma?

To care for an angioma:

  • Keep the area clean and dry. Wash with a mild soap and warm (not hot) water. Don't scrub.
  • Avoid irritating the area, and prevent infection.
    • Don't squeeze, scratch, or pick at the angioma. This could cause it to bleed and get infected. If it bleeds, cover the area with a clean pad and apply gentle pressure.
    • Keep fingernails trimmed to prevent scratching it.
    • Adjust clothing to avoid rubbing it.

If you don't like the way the angioma looks, you can use clothing or a special makeup, such as Dermablend, to cover it up.

If an angioma is bothering you or causing problems, talk to your doctor.

What are angiomas?

Angiomas are clusters of tiny blood vessels that look like pink or red bumps on the skin. They are most often seen on the face, head, neck, and upper body. Common types of angiomas are cherry angiomas, spider angiomas, and venous lakes.

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