Skin Disorders

Skin Disorders

Skin disorders cover a wide range of conditions, some benign, some very serious, and some even a sign of another underlying illness. A skin disorder not only affects your physical health, but also your emotional well-being.


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Red Spot / Cherry Angioma (With Pictures)

Cherry angiomas are bright red, small (usually 1-4 mm), papules commonly seen on the trunk of adults. Larger, older lesions can be more of a purple or blue color. These lesions are medically insignificant.

Causes of Cherry angiomas

The causes of Cherry angiomas is unknown. Although painless and harmless, cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if injured. Yet, genetics play a role in the formation of Cherry angiomas. Some families have a tendency to develop more angiomas than others.

Signs and symptoms of Cherry angiomas

There are many different types of angiomas. An angioma is a benign growth that consists of small blood vessels. These tumors can be located anywhere on the body. Some of the different types include spider angiomas, cherry angiomas, and angiokeratomas. You can develop cherry angiomas anytime in your life, but they are most frequent after the age of 40. Reseachers have found that more than 70 percent of people age 70 or older have cherry angiomas. The cherry-red "bumps" develop alone or in groups, most often on the torso and frequently on the face, scalp, neck, arms and legs. Here some symptoms of Cherry angiomas :-

Cherry angiomas

Skin lesion or growth:

  • Small -- pinhead size to about 1/4 inch in diameter
  • Bright red
  • Smooth

It is contagious? Cherry angiomas are not contagious and you can not "catch" them from anyone.

Treatment for Cherry angiomas

Angiomas do not need to be treated unless they bleed or are bothering one. They can be treated with electrodessication, liquid nitrogen or laser. All three types of treatment have similar amounts of discomfort and usually give a good cosmetic result. The dermatologist will recommend the most appropriate method if you desired treatment.

  • Electrodessication :- This is done in the doctors office. It consists of touching the skin with an electric needle and destroying the blood vessels that make up the tumor.
  • Liquid nitrogen :- Liquid nitrogen is a cold, liquefied gas that is sprayed on the skin with a spray gun. This works by freezing and destroying the tumor of blood vessels.
  • Laser :- Laser uses a beam of concentrated light.

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