Some of us find these things on our bodies and freak out, others spend their whole lives with these things on their bodies and don’t even bat an eyelid. I myself am a total hypochondriac, if I woke up one day with one of these things on my body, I’d be going straight to the doctors. While these spots usually don’t pose a health issue, they can affect people in different ways, especially self-esteem issues.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Cherry red and purple bumps.
- Appear on torso, hands, arms, legs, face, scalp and neck.
- Young angiomas are the size of a pinhead.
- They’re usually spongy, smooth and mushroom shaped.
- Painless and harmless.
- Bleeding can occur when injured. Cherry angiomas on the scalp can usually bleed due to accidental brushing or combing.
If you have any of these spots on your body, you should keep an eye on them! If they change shape, colour, start to itch or change shape, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor might want to take a biopsy of the angiomas which includes removing and examining a small sample of the area in order to rule out any other conditions.
The growths are made up of blood vessels and are called Cherry Angiomas. They can appear on up to 50% of Brits and are usually hereditary. Usually appearing on your body once you’re over the age of thirty and the frequency of cherry angiomas increase with age. They’re usually red in colour, but can also be blue or yellow depending on the person. Don’t start worrying if they start appearing in places you haven’t seen them, but it is important to keep an eye on them.
The made out of a cluster of capillaries at the top of your skin that forms a round dome that could be flat at the top. They are usually about a millimetre in diameter but can grow up to about two millimetres in width. As they grow they can become more rounded at the top and tend to expand in thickness. Because the blood vessels comprising an angiomas are so close to the top of your skin, they can often blood quite profusely if they’re scratched or cut.
The underlying cause for cherry angiomas is not yet understood but they usually appear on people as they get older. They can also appear on younger people but it’s not as common. It is thought that cherry angiomas usually appear during the formation of new blood vessels or the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels. Chemical compounds that have been seen to cause cherry angiomas are Mustard Gas, 2 Butoxyethanol, Bromides and Cyclosporine.
A lot of people, as they start to find them on their bodies usually panic at first. After a lot of research, scientists haven’t found any threat and these cherry angiomas have no relation to cancer at all and cherry angiomas can occur in any race, background and sex.
If you’re thinking about getting rid of yours because they aren’t cosmetically appealing, they can be easily removed by electrocautery. A process of destroying the tissue by use of a small probe with an electric current running through it and the removal of it can cause scarring. During this process you will probably be given a small grounding pad to ground the rest of your body from a surge of electricity. Pulsed dye laser is a concentrated yellow laser that gives off enough heat to burn the lesion off, this is a quick procedure which means you don’t have to stay in a hospital overnight. And intense pulsed light can also be used to remove the cherry angiomas.
Ways to prevent cherry angiomas:
Diet modification: Eat more fruit and vegetables because they increase your skin’s elasticity which means there’s less of a chance of them developing on your skin. Avoid foods that are processed or canned and avoid junk food at all costs.
Topical herbs: Witch Hazel can reduce the chance of bacteria growing on your skin which will prevent angiomas formations.
Apple cider vinegar: Applying apple cider vinegar to the angiomas will dry it out and it should fall off within a few weeks.
Drink plenty of fluids: Drinking water will keep your skin hydrated and will prevent angiomas forming. Keeping hydrated increases your skin’s elasticity and will prevent angiomas from forming.
Avoid stress: Stress is a major risk factor for cherry angiomas forming. Learn to do stress reduction activities such as focused breathing, yoga, guided imagery and listening to music.