Angiomas are non-cancerous growths made up of blood vessels or lymph vessels that have clumped together abnormally. Although medical researchers still don’t understand what causes these growths, they are usually harmless. There are several different types of angioma, including hemangioma, spider angioma, and cherry angioma. In general, angiomas do not require treatment and may go away on their own, although some people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
An angioma occurs when a collection of blood vessels or lymph vessels develops abnormally and clumps together. These clustered vessels usually present as raised areas of varying sizes that are usually painless and can be located anywhere on the skin’s surface. They are usually red or purple in color, although some are flesh-colored. Some are present from birth, some arise during childhood, and others develop in middle age or old age.
Medical researchers don’t understand what causes most angiomas. Some believe it may be linked to exposure to certain proteins present in the placenta before birth, although this theory has not been proven. Regardless of their cause, the growths are usually harmless. However, the development of a large number of angiomas can indicate an underlying condition, usually liver malfunction.
There are several different types of angiomas, including hemangioma, spider angioma, and cherry angioma. A hemangioma is a raised area that is usually bright red in color and usually occurs on the face or neck. It usually appears shortly after birth and grows in size for about a year, sometimes reaching a diameter of 5 cm or more. The hemangioma then stops growing and over time begins to shrink, usually disappearing by the time the child is 10 years old.
Unlike other types of angioma, a spider angioma tends to be flat. It consists of a red mark from which small blood vessels radiate, creating a spider-like appearance. Spider angiomas can occur at any time, but they usually affect pregnant women. Like a hemangioma, a cherry angioma usually has a bright red hue. However, it is usually much smaller than a hemangioma and tends to develop in people over 30 years of age.
Because angiomas are usually benign and painless, they usually don’t require medical attention. Many of these growths gradually disappear over several months or years. However, some people choose to have an angioma removed for cosmetic reasons. The most commonly used methods for angioma removal include surgery, laser treatment, and liquid nitrogen freezing.