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Doctor insights on: Painful Strawberry Birth Marks

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What exactly is a birth mark?

What exactly is a birth mark?

Birthmarks: A birthmark is a benign irregularity on the skin which is present at birth or appears shortly after birth, usually in the first month. They can occur anywhere on the skin. Birthmarks are caused by overgrowth of blood vessels, pigment cells, smooth muscle, fat, skin cells, and other tissue. Some pigmented birthmarks carry a small risk of malignant transformation with time. ...Read more

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Why do some people have birth marks?

Why do some people have birth marks?

No one really knows: Nobody really knows what causes birthmarks. Vascular birthmarks are not hereditary but thought to be caused by overdevelopment or overgrowth of blood vessels. Many theories for different types of birthmarks: some may be hereditary (most are not), some caused by random genetic mutations, overgrowth of pigmented cells called melanocytes, abnormal collection or overgrowth of blood vessels. ...Read more

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What can cause birth marks on people?

What can cause birth marks on people?

Birth marks include: two main types: pigmented birth marks from cells in the skin that create pigment; and vascular birth marks due to the way blood vessels form in the individual. ...Read more

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Is there any way to remove a birth mark?

Is there any way to remove a birth mark?

Yes: Depending on the size, type, and location, you may be able to remove it with an excision or laser treatment. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to get birth marks later in life?

Can it be possible for you to get birth marks later in life?

Word games: Many skin blemishes or marks that are considered birthmarks are just under the skin at birth and are not evident for a for month a month or more. The strawberry marks are a good example. However other pigmentary or other changes that can come up in life are not. A simple rule, if not evident within a month or 2 from birth, it should carry a different label. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to get a birth mark in your 30's?

Can it be possible for you to get a birth mark in your 30's?

Word definitions: Many people use terms in varying ways and the choice of definition varies with the observer. I consider birth marks to be present at birth or within the first month or so for some that pop up from just under the skin. Any skin mark that arises in a 30 year old would never fit my definition. Most would consider it either a benign or not so benign nevus, depending on specific appearance. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a birth mark as i want to know what it means?

What to do if I have a birth mark as i want to know what it means?

Punch biopsy: Birth marks are often benign lesions. If they change in color or if you want to know what they are you need to see a dermatologist. He/She may elect to do a punch biopsy to give you the exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why do my dad and I have red birth marks on our necks?

Why do my dad and I have red birth marks on our necks?

Depends: You should see your doctor. This could depend on genetics. Some birthmarks are congenital, while other red marks may have a cause that can be treated with medications. ...Read more

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Any cream to lighten baby's birth mark?

Any cream to lighten baby's birth mark?

Not really: Most birth marks fade with time depending on what kind they are. One good idea is to consult a chinese medicine practitioner as they often have herbs topically that can help. Time is still your best friend on this. ...Read more