Q: Over the past few months I've noticed several bright red blister-like growths
popping up on my chest and midsection. They don't hurt or itch, but I'm still
a little anxious. Is it just a rash, or could these bumps be a sign of something
Dr. Donnica: Any prolonged abnormal skin condition should be evaluated by
your healthcare provider. From your description, however, you may have "cherry
angiomas," a benign skin growth that appears as a small, smooth, cherry-red
bump. They vary in size (from pinheads to 0.25 inches diameter) and may occur
almost anywhere on the body; as in your case, they usually develop on the trunk.
Cherry angiomas are most common after age 40. Their cause is unknown and since
they are usually painless and harmless, no treatment is required. The only concern
is that cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if cut or injured. If this happens,
they can removed by surgery, freezing (cryotherapy), burning (electrosurgery/cautery),
Created: 9/14/2004  - Donnica Moore, M.D.