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Port Wine Stains

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About 3 out of every 1,000 children are born with a port-wine-stain birthmark. Port wine stains appear as a purplish-red discoloration of varying shape and size on the skin. They often start out looking pink at birth and tend to become darker (reddish-purple or dark red) as children grow. They can be found anywhere on the body but most commonly are seen on the face, arms, or legs. For most kids, port wine stains are not a problem, except if they’re in a prominent place on the face or extremities. 

Causes of Port Wine Stains

Portwine stains are caused by malformed small blood vessels or capillaries in the skin. The capillaries form in a haphazard fashion and will dilate as the child grows. 

Symptoms of Port Wine Stains

Reddish-purple or red blotches/stains on the skin

Treatments for Port Wine Stains

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.