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What is strawberry skin?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Confusing post: If you mean a strawberry birthmark it is the lay term for a capillary hemangioma which is a common skin defect. It may be present at birth on almost any regular skin surface or emerge within weeks. It generally peaks in size/fulness at about a year of age but begins to regress. By age 4-5 the overlying skin may be irregular. New treatments may alter the course but this is the basics.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Strawberry skin is confusing term because it refers to tiny hard beeds of skin, usually on legs, which look like seeds on a strawberry & caused by hair follicles blocked by keratin or dead skin. Not to be confused with strawberry birthmark or nevus, nicely described by Dr. Ferguson.
Jan 24, 2021
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Clogged follicles: Hair follicles clogged with keratin or dead skin cells which look and feel like strawberry seeds on legs. Can be congenital or more commonly be caused by shaving. Strawberry nevus is completely different. It is birth mark consisting of mass of tiny blood capillaries in the skin and usually disappear on their own before puberty. Not to be confused with port-wine stauns which are permanent.

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