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There are many different types of angiomas. An angioma is a benign growth that consists of small blood vessels. These tumors can be located anywhere on the body. Some of the different types include spider angiomas and cherry angiomas. The cause of most types of angiomas is not known. Cherry angiomas are due to aging and do not have any known significance. Spider angiomas are more common in childhood and during pregnancy, and a few can appear on anyone. When present in large numbers, they may warn of liver damage.

Angiomas do not need to be treated unless they bleed or are bothering one. They can be treated with electrodesiccation, liquid nitrogen or laser. All three types of treatment have similar amounts of discomfort and usually give a good cosmetic result. The dermatologist will recommend the most appropriate method if you desired treatment. Electrodesiccation consists of touching the skin with an electric needle and destroying the blood vessels. Liquid nitrogen is a cold gas that is sprayed on the skin with a spray gun or applied with a cotton swab. Laser uses a beam of concentrated light. Angiomas sometimes recur after treatment.

 

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