Cherry angioma — also known as cherry angiomas are mature small blood-vessel (capillary) growths that are very common in older adult patients. They are most commonly found on the trunk, but can be anywhere on the skin, including face, scalp and extremities. They are dome-shaped and usually blanch with pressure, unless scarred from trauma.
Cherry angiomas are harmless but may be confused with amelanotic melanoma, a deadly skin cancer that presents with ulcerated friable growth, with history of recent change or growth. They can also look like pyogenic granuloma, a harmless growth that has a history of rapid growth and spontaneous bleeding, often with minimal trauma. Unlike cherry angiomas, pyogenic granuloma occurs in all ages, specially during the second and third decade of life, during pregnancy, and are usually triggered by trauma and medications.
Treatment for angioma is sought for cosmetic reasons or for growths that are bleeding, or subject to constant trauma.
Most common treatment options are:
●Electrocauterized after local anesthesia for small growths
●Shave excision and electrocauterization of the base for larger lesions
●Laser therapy for superficial lesions
If there is any concern for malignancy, the growths should be sampled and sent for pathological examination and definitive diagnosis. Talk to your dermatologist to find out what treatments may be right for you.