Ask The Expert
April 05, 2013
It sounds like your daughter has what dermatologists call a cherry hemangioma. Fortunately, it is not a worrisome condition. Nothing that you or your daughter did made the hemangioma appear. In fact, some people are just more likely to have them than others.
A hemangioma is a benign (non-cancerous) collection of blood vessels that grow right under the skin and make a red bump.
There are several kinds of hemangiomas. You may have seen babies with red patches on their faces or other parts of their bodies, so-called strawberry hemangiomas. These are present at birth or appear in the first few months of life. Then, they usually go away on their own without any treatment.
On the other hand, cherry hemangiomas, like the one your daughter has, develop in older children and adults. And they do not usually go away by themselves.
There is nothing dangerous about having a cherry hemangioma, but doctors often recommend removing it. Why? The hemangioma is made up of blood vessels. And any slight trauma to that spot can cause the hemangioma to bleed. And some people are bothered by having a red spot on their skin, and want it removed for cosmetic reasons.
Different options are available to remove a hemangioma. These include electric cautery (burning the blood vessels) and excision (cutting the hemangioma out). People who develop one cherry hemangioma are likely to develop more in the future. So you and your daughter should talk with her doctor or a dermatologist about the right treatment.