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Hemangiomas (Strawberry Marks)

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Hemangiomas are a kind of birthmark consisting of a growth of blood vessels. They appear as a bright red patch or nodule. Hemangiomas occur in 2-5% of all babies and are more common in girls, twins, and preemies. There are different types of hemangiomas including superficial, deep and compound. The superficial type are sometimes referred to as strawberry marks and appear as raised red lesions on the skin where as the deep ones are found below the skin's surface and may just have a bluish hue.

Oftentimes, hemangiomas aren't visible until a few days or weeks after a baby is born. Hemangiomas grow rapidly during the first 6 months or so of life, but may plateau or resolve. When the lesions resolve, it can take many years, some lasting until the patient is 9 or 10 years old. Some, particularly larger ones, may leave a scar as they regress which is one of the reasons why we try to treat them early. Most are on the head or neck, although they can be anywhere on the body, and can cause complications if their location interferes with sight, feeding, breathing, or other body functions.

Symptoms of Hemangiomas

  • Flat red mark
  • Raised red nodule
  • Deep nodule with a bluish hue
  • Spongy mass that protrudes from the skin

Causes of Hemangiomas

It’s not clear what causes hemangiomas, but some research suggests that there might be a link to certain proteins produced by the placenta during pregnancy.

Treatments for Hemangiomas

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.