- Strawberry hemangioma—This type of hemangioma is usually raised up a bit from the skin and bright red like a strawberry. This bright red coloring is due to numerous, dilated blood vessels that are close to the surface of the skin. These hemangiomas usually go away on their own by age ten (age five in almost half of children). Most do not require any treatment unless they ulcerate or are located in places where they could prevent normal body functions, such as around the mouth, nose, eyes, anus, or throat.
- Cavernous hemangioma—This type of hemangioma is beneath the skin. It is puffier than a strawberry hemangioma and also more bluish in color. These types of hemangiomas are less likely to go away on their own. Facial hemangiomas are occasionally associated with similar vascular deformities of the brain. Your physician may recommend MRI imaging to determine whether this is present.
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- Hemangiomas are more common in females and premature babies
- Mongolian spots are more common among Asians, East Indians, Africans, Native Americans, and Hispanics
- Café-au-lait spots are more common in African-Americans than other ethnic or racial groups
- Changes in the color of the skin (lighter or darker than usual)
- Lumps or swelling on the skin
- Changes in texture of the skin
- New lesions on the skin
- May differ in size and appearance
- Are most likely present at birth or appear in the first few weeks or months of life
- Are commonly found on face and neck
- Open sore or ulcer
- Interferes with the appearance or function of nearby structures (eg, eye or mouth)
- Excessive bleeding after an injury
- Sudden and rapid growth
- Emotional and social complications
- Interfere with the function of nearby structures (eg, eye)
- Growth problems
- Easy bleeding
- Cosmetically undesirable and unlikely to resolve on its own
- Causing discomfort or complications
- Has the potential to develop into a more serious condition (rare)
- Corticosteroid medications—A type of anti-inflammatory medication that can be given orally (by mouth) or locally injected (preferred). It is the most common treatment for rapidly growing hemangiomas. Corticosteroid medications are for long-term use. If they are given orally it may result in poor growth in children and elevated blood sugar.
- Laser therapy—Lasers can be used to prevent the growth of hemangiomas and to remove hemangiomas and port-wine stains.
- Surgery—May be used to remove a colored lesion (eg, a mole) or to remove scars that remain from other treatments.
- Cosmetic alternatives—There are many make-up products that effectively cover up birthmarks. These are sometimes referred to as corrective cosmetics. They include concealers, neutralizers, and camouflage products.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org/for-the-public/home
Vascular Birthmark Foundation http://www.birthmark.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html/
Birthmarks. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/public/Publications/pamphlets/VascularBirthmarks.htm . Accessed November 13, 2012.
Birthmarks. KidsHealth.org website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/body/birthmarks.html. Updated October 2009. Accessed November 13, 2012.
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Mongolian spot. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed . Updated March 17, 2012. Accessed November 13, 2012.
Hemangioma information. Vascular Birthmark Foundation website. Available at: http://www.birthmark.org/hemangiomas.php . Accessed November 13, 2012.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/13/2012 -