Angiomas

Angiomas are common skin growths that can develop on most areas of your body. They are also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots.

They are usually found on people aged 30 and older. The broken blood vessels inside a angioma give them a reddish appearance.

  • What do they look like?

A cherry angioma is often bright red, circular or oval in shape, and small — ranging in size from a pinpoint to one-fourth of an inch in diameter. Some cherry angiomas appear smooth and even with your skin, while others appear slightly raised. They most often grow on the torso, arms, and shoulders.

Bleeding can occur if the angioma is scratched, rubbed, or cut open.

  • What causes cherry angiomas?

The exact cause of cherry angiomas is unknown, but there may be a genetic factor that makes certain people more likely to get them. They’ve also been linked to pregnancy, exposure to chemicals, and climate.

There also appears to be a link between cherry angiomas and age. They often begin to appear when individuals reach 30 years old, and seem to increase in size and number with age.

 

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