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Cherry Angiomas

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 serious?

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), or laser.

Created: 9/14/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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