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May also be called: Strawberry Nevus, Strawberry Hemangioma
A hemangioma (he-man-jee-OH-muh) is a type of birthmark. Tiny blood vessels build up in an area of skin, giving it a red or purple appearance.
Hemangiomas develop on the skin of babies before birth or in the first few months of life. These birthmarks can be very small or quite large and are most often found on the face, scalp, or back of the neck. They start out as flat red marks and develop rapidly into raised lesions within the first year. Over time they begin to fade, often disappearing completely when kids are between 5 and 10 years old.
Hemangiomas don’t hurt and are generally best left alone to dissolve on their own. When they affect eyesight or present other health problems, treatment options such as laser surgery or corticosteroid medications may be recommended.
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This is a big word for a type of birthmark.
Birthmarks, also known as hemangiomas, get their name for one reason: They are marks on the skin of a lot of newborn babies! Find out more about birthmarks in this article for kids.
When Anna was born, she developed red spots that her parents learned were hemangiomas, benign birthmarks that she eventually outgrew. Her mother tells her story.
Birthmarks that babies are born with, or develop soon after birth, are mostly harmless and many even go away on their own, but sometimes they’re associated with certain health problems.
For most kids, these birthmarks are no big deal â they’re just part of who they are. Read about port-wine stains, how to care for them, and, if necessary, what treatments are available.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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