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I have a red mole on my neck which I think is a 'cherry angioma'. Can someone take it off?

I have a red mole on my neck which I think is a 'cherry angioma'. Can someone take it off?

Yes: Cherry angiomas are superficial lesions caused by the dilation of capillaries in the skin. They can be easily removed by any destructive modality eg. Lasers or electrosurgery. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Cherry Angioma (Definition)

Cherry angiomas are benign proliferations of blood vessels. Almost all humans develop them, but no one really knows why. They are most common on the stomach and chest, and much less common on the face. They are of cosmetic concern and can be destroyed ...Read more


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I have a rapidly enlarging, painful red mole on my shoulder. I've never had this change in any other cherry angiomas. Could it be cancerous?

I have a rapidly enlarging, painful red mole on my shoulder. I've never had this change in any other cherry angiomas. Could it be cancerous?

Suspicious moles: The color, borders, appearance and size of a skin lesion are most important determinants to assess potential for a cancerous lesion. An experienced physician will do skin biopsy if the lesion appears worrisome. Without actually looking at it it is hard to say if you need biopsy or not. Therefore get it checked out. ...Read more

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I have a reddish mole on my forearm I've had for a few years now, I believe it's a cherry angioma but how do I know if it's skin cancer?

I have a reddish mole on my forearm I've had for a few years now, I believe it's a cherry angioma but how do I know if it's skin cancer?

See a derm: If the growth has gone unchanged for long period of time it is most likely benign however I would have it checked out by a dermatologist make sure there are very slow-growing skin cancers that can occur in that area worst-case scenario is that a biopsy would be done under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a cherry angioma under tongue? Have little red dot and worried again cause online Chinese medicine says it means high estrogen

Is it possible to get a cherry angioma under tongue? Have little red dot and worried again cause online Chinese medicine says it means high estrogen

Have it checked: Everything is possible. Have it checked as it might be squamous cell carcinoma or some other cancer especially if you are over 40 and smoked or drank alcohol for many years ...Read more

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I've developed a number of red spots which I think are cherry angiomas over the past month or so, should I be worried?

Angiomas: Cherry Angiomas by themselves are benign and can easily be treated with a laser to remove. However, new onset of these lesions may represent normal aging, hormone changes, and sometimes liver problems. It would be a good idea to see your doctor to make sure there is no underlying issues. ...Read more

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Small flat red dot above brow, bright red center lighter red surrounding. Been there for many years, possible cherry angioma, looking for confirmation?

See a doctor: Unfortunately, this is something best confirmed by visual inspection. It certainly could be a cherry angioma, but there is no way to tell from a written description over the internet. Your doctor should be able to easily evaluate this at an office visit. ...Read more

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Can a cherry angioma be a small (1to 2 mm) raised purple bump with small red spots on it?

Cherry angioma: And does not blanch with pressure. Could be. If we do 2nd opinion you can send pictures which will help a lot. ...Read more

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34 yo male. Daily gym until 1mth ago. Notices 20 red blood pin-sized spots at arms, quadricep. Does not go away? Gp, said cherry angiomas, no blood count

34 yo male. Daily gym until 1mth ago. Notices 20 red blood pin-sized spots at arms, quadricep. Does not go away? Gp, said cherry angiomas, no blood count

Risks?: As long as you are otherwise feeling well and have not a backdrop of highly risky behaviors (steroid use, HIV exposure, etc.) your GP is probably correct. If they are small and circumscribed, biopsy would seem to add little info. But continued skin inspection for changes is a good habit to keep. ...Read more

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29, had a few little red dots (cherry angioma?) appear on my arms. Now I've one on forehead near hairline. Lots of ponytails. Internet says aneurysm?!

Relax: Cherry angiomas pop up like this from time Rorie in folks and no one had a clue why. It means nothing and is harmless. Ignore the aneurysm talk ...Read more

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I've a red spot on my forehead near hair (like cherry angioma), doesn't bleed, but sensitive. I did scratch. Tight ponytails = hair loss? Skin cancer?

I've a red spot on my forehead near hair (like cherry angioma), doesn't bleed, but sensitive. I did scratch. Tight ponytails = hair loss? Skin cancer?

RED SPOT ON FOREHEAD: DEAR DOROTHY5
I AM SORRY, BUT I CANNOT SEE THIS "RED SPOT".
SHOW IT TO YOUR REGULAR DOCTOR, OR BETTER YET, LET A DERMATOLOGIST CHECK IT OUT.
AND I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG YOU HAVE HAD IT. ...Read more

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Do cherry angiomas hurt?

Do cherry angiomas hurt?

No: These are benign vascular skin lesions in older folks most common on the midsection. They do not hurt unless irritated externally. ...Read more

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What can be done for cherry angiomas?

What can be done for cherry angiomas?

Simple treatment: Cherry angiomas usually do not need to be treated. If they are cosmetically unattractive or they bleed often, they can be treated by: burning (electrosurgery/cautery), freezing (cryotherapy), or laser. ...Read more

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According to some Chinese dr online if you have cherry angiomas they mean you have high estrogen and will you get cancer is this true?

Angioma: A cherry angioma is a mole-like skin growth made up of small blood vessels, or capillaries. Cherry angiomas are related to aging and tend to increase in number with age. Don't worry ...Read more

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I have a cherry angioma on my leg that bleeds very easily if bumped or touched. I can't afford an office visit. How can I treat it myself?

I have a cherry angioma on my leg that bleeds very easily if bumped or touched. I can't afford an office visit. How can I treat it myself?

Probably not: I don't know of any home remedies for angiomas. If it bleeds that easily you really should have it addressed. You may want to look into free clinics in the area or clinics that do charity work may be able to help you without a big expense. Many of these clinics have sliding scale fees depending on your income. ...Read more

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I scratched the cherry angioma on my nose and it bled excessively, the angioma is now much larger than before, what can I do to make it go down?

See someone: There are no home remedies to reduce the size of an angioma. Probably best to see either an ENT physician or dermatologist to go over surgical options to have it reduced in size or removed, depending on how large it is. ...Read more

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Would taking a 65 mg supplement of iron a day help relieve pain &/or inflammation of my traumatized cherry angioma? I have been told I have low iron

Not likely: The pain from your angioma is probably unrelated to your low iron level. Taking iron may help your iron level, as well as eating iron rich foods (dark green leafy vegetables, lentils, red meat, etc.). ...Read more

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Do Cherry angiomas cause cancer cells to form through angiogensis. I read angiogensis causes them and cancer feeds off of angiogensis. Scared of cance?

Unlikely: Hello and thank you for your excellent question. A cherry angioma is, by definition, a benign lesion. The chances of it contributing to cancer are essentially zero. However, if you are concerned, seek medical attention. I suggest consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is a cherry angioma?

Benign blood vessel: Cherry angiomas or hemangiomas are little, bright red, pinpoint to match head sized, flat spots that over time, become raised, more dome shaped and actually begin to look like a cherry. They are benign. A nice description of cherry hemangoimas can be seen at:
dermtv. Com/what-are-cherry-hemangiomas. ...Read more

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Is there a way to remove cherry angioma?

Several ways: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Do cherry angiomas appear and disappear?

Do cherry angiomas appear and disappear?

Cherry angiomas: Usually the do not disappear without intervention. They can be removed with electro coagulation or laser treatments. ...Read more

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Could you get cherry angiomas under tongue?

Cherry angiomas: F of unknown age or medical Hx asks: Could you get cherry angiomas under tongue? ANS: If I got them then the answer is yes. Show to your Dr. And even take a picture and send to us. Google tongue cherry angiomas and see if yours looks like that. Assuming you have one? I can't tell from your question. Always give as much information about you as you can is space. ...Read more

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What are skin cysts, cherry angioma and dermatofibromas?

What are skin cysts, cherry angioma and dermatofibromas?

All normal growths: Skin cysts, cherry angioma and dermatofibroma are all benign (non-cancerous) skin growths. Cysts are saclike structure in the skin, which usually contains fluid or keratin material. Cherry angiomas are red blood vessels growths that we can get as we age. Dermatofibroma are brown firm scar tissue-like growths. If you are unsure about a skin spot, you should see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What would be causing my traumatized cherry angioma to grow? - on the surface of my skin and inside my bone, how can I treat this? It's causing pain...

Angioma: See your dermatologist. There might not be a great answer but you definitely need this enlarging angioma followed. The best person to do that is a dermatologist. They might even recommend removal. ...Read more

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Are cherry angiomas hereditary? My mom has a lot, and I'm developing new ones frequently as I get older. Are they really a sign of internal malignancy

Don't worry: A sudden outbreak of a great many seborrheic keratoses warns of internal malignancy ("sign of leser-trelat") but this is not true of common cherry angiomas. If you want, a physician who's invested in a laser can remove them easily. ...Read more

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Have cherry angiomas appear on inside of both ankles, on shin, some on calf, over last 4 days, why? Course of action

Richard: Richard, this is difficult to know exactly why you have these new angioms or angiokeratomas. Possibilities include new weight gain with subsequent stasis dermatitis, pigmented purpuric dermatosis, vasculitis (palpable purpura) or even a rare deposition disease such as Fabrys disease. A skin biopsy may be needed to know for sure. ...Read more

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I am low in iron and have cherry angiomas, will my iron supplements helps cherry angiomas? If not what natural cure will?

No "natural" cure: Cherry angiomas are common in middle aged and older people. There is no "natural" cure. They can be removed with electrocautery or pulsed laser treatment. They will keep coming as you get older and are not related to iron deficiency. If they don't bother you from a cosmetic point of view, you don't have to treat them at all. ...Read more

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I'm 30 and have a lot of flat cherry angiomas hey are tiny not raised is there any way to get rid of them does taking iodine get rid of them?

Cherry angiomas: I do not believe that ingesting iodine would get rid of them. Your dermatologist can burn them off easily. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Angioma (Definition)

Is benign tumor derived from cells of vascular or lymphatic vessel walls (epithelium) or from cells of the ...Read more