Doctor insights on:
Birthmark On Eyeball
My six year old, has a birthmark in her eyeball, and it appears on the outside lower eyelid as a black eye. Any suggestions on how can I get that fix?
Nevus of Ota?: Pigmentation that is in one eye, as well as darker pigmentation around the eye, is a condition more common in asians, called nevus of ota. Infrequently, this type of birthmark is associated with melanoma, a type of cancer, so see a pediatric ophthalmologist to evaluate the ocular and orbital anatomy. As a girl, she likely will be able to use make-up to cover any regions of darker pigmentation. ...Read more
What to do if I have a rather visible birthmark inside my eye (yes, on the white of my eye). Would it be possible to remove it?
Birthmark in eye: The risk of removal, not worth it. Should have examined by eye professional though to be sure does not change in size or color over time. ...Read more
Angel kisses: Most of the red on eyelids are called angel kisses. They can also appear between the brows and in the mid face or near the nasal openings. These are dilated capillaries in thin skin and tend to fade as the skin thickens. Discrete red marks away from the eye may be a small hemangioma and will grow, peaking around 10 months before fading some. Your doc can help decide which your kid has. ...Read more
Depends on location: If on the eyeball, the best bet is to see your eye doctor, who can evaluate this fully, and tell you your options. If on the eyelid, s/he will be able to refer you to an oculoplastics surgeon to discuss options. ...Read more
Some do some do not: Those that are visible at birth or cover a large area are more likely to persist at some size through life. They usually peak in size around 10-12 mo and begin to shrink and fade some after. Those that were not visible at birth or are small, often enlarge and then fade completely. They may leave a parchment like skin where they once were located. ...Read more
My baby has a strawberry birthmark under his right eye so far we have been using timopic to treat it, he's 6 mths. When do these birthmarks go away?
Difficult question: True hemangiomas tend to increase in size and thickness faster than a kid grows up until age ~12 mo, when they plateau in relative size and gradually begin to fade over 2-4 years. Oral propranalol with close monitoring has been used to try shrinking these with varied results. The Timoptic (timolol) is a similar medicine but designed to treat eye pressure issues in adults. It is not approved in the us for kids. ...Read more
Vascular birthmark under eye for whole life. Recently it has started to feel like dry skin or rough and flakey.?
May be regression:
Many vascular birth marks regress with age. Try using an emollient like Vaseline to hydrate the skin.
Wish you good health.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more
I recently found out I have birthmark at back of my eye. I also experience eye floaters and am wondering if there is a connection?
Most birthmarks are: Stable, and your retinologist or eye doctor/surgeon can tell for sure. If it's flat and has remained unchanged, then it's less likely to be causing any floaters. If you have a retinal detachment, you could see massive amounts of floaters. But the usual one or two floaters are usually not related to these birthmarks. It's from the vitreous humor aging & changing, and causing shadows on the retina. ...Read more
Can someone suddenly develope a very small pigmented brown birthmark at age 35 near the eye? Or they only happen during childhood?
Brown spot near eye: This may be hereditary. If others in family >30 yo have them. If not, could be casue for soncern, consult your eye care professional if no one else has them, or if there is bleeding, pain or sign of infection. ...Read more
Is it possible for a scratch to break a vessel under a person's eye and cause it too look like a spider vein or birthmark?
Yes: A scratch can cause a vessel to bleed immediately under the surface of the skin to cause a red mark. It should resolve in 1-2 weeks though. ...Read more
Varies: Birthmark is a term that applies to a broad group of different marks with different physical characteristics. Some are amenable to removal through laser treatments or surgery. Some would only leave a prominent scar if any attempt was made to remove it. Consultation with your pcp/a dermatologist or plastic surgeon could provide specific information on your situation. ...Read more
Chance or Mongolian: Spot. Almost all asians have a so called "mongolian spot" or patch over the lower spine and upper buttock crease. Present in childhood, they usually fade by adulthood. Cafe-au-lait spots are common birthmarks, 3 or more might suggest neurofibromatosis. Otherwise most birthmarks occur purely by chance. ...Read more
I don't see why not: Should be fine; unless your birthmark was a hemangioma (a large collection of vessels in the skin) the birthmark is, literally, skin deep. You could even use your birthmark in the tattoo if u want! Make sure your artist is using clean technique, and that he/she is licensed. There is definitely a risk of getting an infection, even Hepatitis B/C, and we'd like to minimize that. Good luck! ...Read more
Time for consultatn: A visit to a cosmetic dermatologist can decide if and what your options may be. ...Read more
Yes you can have: Birth marks, pigmented and non pigmented can present any where on the skin surface including scrotum, yes can be removed, show to your doctor. ...Read more
Never heard of this: There are a number of birthmarks that originate from both genetic and non-genetic factors. I have never heard of any placental contribution to their formation in 3 decades of practice. ...Read more
Many Possibilities: Most birthmarks are due to a collection of special pigment cells in our skin. Though often normal, there are some medical conditions which have multiple birthmarks as one of their signs. If you are noticing any unusual signs, seek medical attention immediately. But I would recommend bringing these birthmarks to your doctor's attention for further evaluation. ...Read more
Birthmark terror: You should feel comfortable telling your doc almost anything. Professionals should not discount your feels about any problem. If they do, get another doctor! ...Read more
Define birthmark: Some visible marks, especially those representing dilated blood vessels will not be visible at birth but show up after a period of rapid growth. It that sense they are present at birth but delayed in their detection. Other marks, that show up later are more commonly labeled as a nevus, most of which are benign, and may have specific labels based on their specific appearance. Some were overlooked. ...Read more