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Strawberry Hemangiomas

Childhood Skin Problems

Medically Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on August 01, 2021

Strawberry mark on baby's head

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The hemangioma is a common type of vascular birthmark. It is usuallypainless and harmless and its cause is not known. Color from the birthmarkcomes from the extensive development of blood vessels at the site.

Strawberry hemangiomas (also called strawberry mark, nevus vascularis,capillary hemangioma, hemangioma simplex) may appear anywhere on the body, butare most common on the face, scalp, back, or chest. They consist of small,closely packed blood vessels. They may be absent at birth, and develop atseveral weeks. They usually grow rapidly, remain a fixed size, and thensubside. In most cases, strawberry hemangiomas disappear by the time a child is9 years old. Some slight discoloration or puckering of the skin may remain atthe site of the hemangioma. Readmore about causes and treatments for red birthmarks.

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Text: "Skin Conditions: Red Birthmarks", WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic

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