A to Z: Hemangioma

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A to Z: Hemangioma

May also be called: Strawberry Nevus, Strawberry Hemangioma

A hemangioma (he-man-jee-OH-muh) is a type of birthmark. Tiny blood vessels build up in an area of skin, giving it a red or purple appearance.

More to Know

Hemangiomas develop on the skin of babies before birth or in the first few months of life. These birthmarks can be very small or quite large and are most often found on the face, scalp, or back of the neck. They start out as flat red marks and develop rapidly into raised lesions within the first year. Over time they begin to fade, often disappearing completely when kids are between 5 and 10 years old.

Keep in Mind

Hemangiomas don't hurt and are generally best left alone to dissolve on their own. When they affect eyesight or present other health problems, treatment options such as laser surgery or corticosteroid medications may be recommended.

All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.



Related Resources

Web SiteVascular Birthmarks Foundation The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation provides support and resources for children and adults born with hemangiomas, port wine stains, and other vascular malformations and syndromes.
OrganizationAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.
OrganizationAmerican Academy of Family Physicians This site, operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides information on family physicians and health care, a directory of family physicians, and resources on health conditions.


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Hemangiomas: Suzanne's Story When Anna was born, she developed red spots that her parents learned were hemangiomas, benign birthmarks that she eventually outgrew. Her mother tells her story.
Birthmarks Birthmarks that babies are born with, or develop soon after birth, are mostly harmless and many even go away on their own, but sometimes they're associated with certain health problems.




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