A cherry angioma is a tuft of blood vessels that form a bright red bump on the skin.
Cherry angiomas are a normal feature of the skin. They usually form in increasing numbers after the age of 30.
Cherry angiomas are cherry-red bumps ranging from a tiny speck to the size of a pencil eraser. They most often develop on the trunk, but can occur anywhere on the body.
Most people will develop cherry angiomas as they age. It is not known why they develop.
There is no known prevention for cherry angiomas.
Cherry angiomas are diagnosed when the characteristic red bumps on the skin are found by physical examination.
Cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if injured.
There are no risks to others.
Usually no treatment is needed for cherry angiomas. If their appearance is bothersome, angiomas may be removed by: traditional surgical excisioncryotherapy, that is, freezing the lesioncautery, that is, burning the lesion off
Removing cherry angiomas may result in small white scars at the site.
More angiomas will appear with age. Angiomas that have been surgically removed may reappear at the previously treated sites.
Angiomas should be watched for any changes, to detect early signs of skin cancer. Any changes or concerns should be reported to the healthcare professional.
Skin Disorders: Mosby's Clinical Nursing Series, MJ Hill, 1994