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Do birthmarks need to be treated?

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Most birthmarks don't need treatment. They usually stay stable as a child grows older. But some that look like blood vessel tumors -- called hemangiomas -- may need treatment because of where they are. For example, a raised hemangioma near a child's eye may affect their ability to see. In rare cases, birthmarks are linked to other conditions, such as growths in the liver, lungs, stomach, or intestines.

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American Academy of Pediatrics. American Academy of Dermatology.

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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American Academy of Pediatrics. American Academy of Dermatology.

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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