A hemangioma refers to a benign tumor that occurs due to the proliferation of vascular endothelial cells. The commonest type of hemangioma is known as the infantile hemangioma, which is commonly seen in infancy. Also known as strawberry marks, hemangiomas are often noticed at birth or during the first few weeks of life.
A hemangioma can occur on any part of the body. However, the commonest sites are the face, chest, scalp, and back.
Since hemangiomas usually fade with time, treatment is usually unnecessary as therapeutic options have potential side effects. However, hemangiomas that cause symptoms can be treated using corticosteroids, beta blockers, and laser surgery.
Symptom #1: Macules and Papules
Macules are defined as small circumscribed spots on the skin that are not depressed or elevated. Macules are usually small and can be appreciated through visual inspection. Papules are similar to macules but are elevated and can be felt as a bump on the skin.
Cherry hemangiomas or angiomas are also known as senile angiomas or Campbell De Morgan spots. These hemangiomas are usually small and cherry red in color. They are harmless and occur due to the abnormal proliferation of blood vessels. It is the commonest type of angioma and is typically seen in almost all adults over the age of 30 years old.