What is Cherry Angioma (Cherry Hemangioma)?

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What is Cherry Angioma (Cherry Hemangioma)?

What is Cherry Angiomas?


Cherry angioma (also known as cherry hemangioma) is a small, bright red dot (or bumps) that typically appear at the base of the back but can appear anywhere on the body. The rash comprises dilated capillaries, which give the area a bright red color. If the blood vessels do not get enough oxygen, they can even begin to turn purple.


While this type of rash is technically considered a benign tumor, it does not spread deeper than the skin. It typically does not appear on the hands and feet either. Sometimes, pressure on the area can cause profuse bleeding when the blood vessels pop. Cherry angioma (pictured below, courtesy of www.skinchannel.com) is not usually painful but can be when the bleeding is caused.

The root cause of cherry angioma is still unknown, but trends seem to show a specific genetic influence. It most commonly appears in those ages 30 and up but can affect people of any age, race, or gender. Cherry angioma appears randomly and is essentially a cell mutation that forms red patches on the skin, starting as small as the head of a pin and flat on the skin. As they grow, they become dome-like papules up to 2 millimeters wide, which is still reasonably small. However, when they become more prominent, they become more raised. Similar to skin tags, these papules can get caught on jewelry or clothing, causing intense bleeding as skin bubbles fill with blood.


If the cherry angiomas bleed, you are left with open wounds that may form back into dome-like structures. Left as an open wound, it is susceptible to infection that can cause complications in the healing process. Treatment options are available, and Naturasil offers an all-natural cherry angioma treatment that works without scarring or side effects.