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What are those red dots we see suddenly appearing on the skin? Are they benign? What to do about them? Answers to all doubts

26 July 2022

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An angioma, or ‘birthmark,’ is a benign formation of arterial vessels. It is often present from birth, or it appears on the skin, suddenly, especially on the most sensitive and rosacea-prone skin, as a red-colored dot, which is often mistaken for a pimple that does not absorb. In some cases, with time, the angioma may regress, but in others it may spread, and here laser treatment is the most effective and most recommended for removal. First step is to go to the dermatologist, who will classify the angioma type, flat or raised, spider, ruby, “strawberry” birthmarks and stellate, to make few examples. Cavernous angiomas are quite a different type. Although rarer, they tend over time to visibly deform the skin or, if they tend to extend to internal organs, surgical removal is always recommended. If the dermatologist notices vascular abnormalities, he or she may also request a second consultation, by a vascular surgeon, to figure out how best to act synergistically.

What is an angioma

An angioma is an overgrowth of blood vessels, which can appear at birth or even in adulthood, and which often sees an extension with many more stray dots throughout the skin of the face and body. These formations are caused by microcirculation, which causes the red dot on the skin as a capillary breaks. There are different types of angiomas; there is hemangioma, which consists of a proliferation of blood vessels and usually appears at birth or in the first years of life, then recedes spontaneously in most cases. Only in rare cases may they bleed and ulcerate, requiring surgical removal. Lymphangioma, on the other hand, is rarer and consists of malformation of the lymphatic system at any age.

Who is more prone to the appearance of angiomas

Usually to those with fair, sensitive, and very delicate skin, in most cases prone to coupe. The causes are various, from sun exposure to the consumption of too spicy foods na even sudden transitions from hot to cold, being a phenomenon caused by vasodilation. The impact is purely cosmetic but nothing worrisome, not as in the case of melanoma. With the dermatologist, after an examination, one can opt for laser removal if the blemish is aesthetically bothersome or, if very small, camouflage makeup, capable of removing the halo and the typical red color.

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