What are Hemangiomas?

A hemangioma is actually a form of a birthmark. Hemangiomas are benign (non-cancerous) growths of grouped blood vessels. They normally appear bright red with a “rubbery” texture and require no treatment. Hemangioma’s will grow for some time and then normally stop or subside with no treatment. They usually cause no problems, however, some hemangiomas can open and bleed. This can be painful if it occurs and can be scarring at the sight depending on the size.

Hemangioma can cause problems with your spine or central nervous system in rare cases. Most hemangiomas do disappear on their own over time. Hemangiomas can occur internally on the liver; brain; gastrointestinal tract and other organs in addition to the most common area of the skin.

There are some treatments for hemangiomas, depending on the size. Most commonly nothing will be done to treat this however, there is topical treatment available. If the hemangioma is larger or concerning then there are some laser treatments available to treat them without affecting the surrounding tissue.

It is always recommended to consult with a dermatologist and discuss which treatment is best for you!

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