By Gary M. White, MD
The cherry hemangioma or capillary hemangioma (CH) is an extremely common, benign vascular bleb on the skin of most humans.
- Most adults over 30 have one or more red vascular "blood blisters" on the trunk.
- In one study of adults 30-39 years of age, 90% of the men and 65% of the women had at least one cherry angioma.
- See also hemangioma.
CH usually appear as small, dome-shaped or slightly raised papules. Sometimes, they appear almost "petechial" as 1-2 mm. red macules. Most hemangiomas are cherry red, but some have enough deoxygenated venous blood to appear purple.
Treatment is usually not necessary. If desired for cosmetic or functional reasons, the lesion may be anesthetized with lidocaine and cauterized with the hyfrecator.
The two most common "older-people spots"--the cherry angioma and the seborrheic keratosis.
A halo may rarely form about an angioma.
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