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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a dual-board-certified dermatologist with over 90 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Understanding and Treating Cherry Angiomas:

Cherry angiomas, those tiny red dots appearing on the skin, are a common skin condition. In this article, we'll delve into cherry angiomas, their causes, and the most effective treatment options available.


A single cherry angioma

What are Cherry Angiomas?

Cherry angiomas are small, well-circumscribed, round, red dots on the skin. Their color can range from cherry-red to dark purple, influenced by the depth and size of the underlying blood vessel. These benign proliferations of blood vessel walls develop over time and vary in appearance depending on how superficial or deep they are.


Causes of Cherry Angiomas

The exact cause of cherry angiomas is unknown. However, they are more likely to appear with aging and can be influenced by hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy or menopause. A hereditary predisposition is also a factor, meaning if your biological relatives have them, your chances of developing them increase.


Should You Be Worried?

Generally, cherry angiomas are benign and not a cause for concern. However, if you notice significant changes in size, symptoms, or a sudden increase in numbers, it's advisable to consult a board-certified dermatologist.


Treating Cherry Angiomas


Laser Treatment (Pulsed Dye Laser)

This is considered the best option for treating cherry angiomas. The laser targets hemoglobin in the blood cells, collapsing the angioma. It's effective but requires caution for darker skin tones to avoid post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


Electrodesiccation


This office-based procedure uses an electrical current delivered via a needle-shaped electrode to burn the blood vessels. It's quick and effective for cherry angiomas, skin tags, and even whiteheads.


Cryotherapy


This involves the application of liquid nitrogen to freeze the angioma. However, it's not recommended for darker skin tones due to the risk of hyperpigmentation.


Surgical Shaving


After numbing the skin, the angioma is shaved off and sent for pathological examination. This method is recommended if there's a suspicion of change or malignancy in the angioma.


Conclusion


Cherry angiomas are a common, benign skin condition that can be effectively treated with various methods. It's crucial to monitor any changes in your skin and consult with a dermatologist for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Remember, while cosmetic treatments are available, they should be chosen based on individual skin type and condition.


Sometimes, cherry angiomas might look similar to another skin condition called petechiae. Read this article to learn more about the differences between cherry angiomas and petechiae.

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