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Should You Get Worried About Small Red Spots That May Appear On The Skin In Older People?

Date January 8, 2019

Small red spots, which suddenly appear on the body, make many people feel anxious. Although they don’t hurt and don’t cause much discomfort, these moles look rather suspicious. What causes them and do they pose a health risk? Let's try to figure it out!

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These little formations are called senile (cherry) angioma. Most often they appear on the neck, chest, and back, however, you may notice them in other places.

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The exact reasons for the formation of cherry angiomas are still unknown. Usually, such formations appear in people over 40.

How to treat cherry angiomas

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In most cases, these formations don’t require treatment. If cherry angioma gives you visual discomfort, there are several ways to get rid of the problem:

Electrocautery

This procedure involves burning the angioma using an electric current supplied by a tiny probe.

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Cryosurgery

The process of freezing the angiomas with liquid nitrogen until it is destroyed. Considered a quick and relatively simple method of removal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Laser surgery

Removal of angiomas using a pulsed laser.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When is it worth a trip to the doctor?

If you notice any changes in your angiomas, don’t postpone the visit to a specialist. The sudden appearance of additional cherry formations can be a sign of possible health problems. The doctor will be able to detect probable serious diseases such as skin cancer if they are present. Don’t neglect your health – stay alert.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.