- Capillary hemangiomas in adults are usually small and painless.
- These bright red lesions are generally harmless and don’t require treatment unless they make you feel self-conscious.
- Consult your doctor if your capillary hemangioma changes in appearance or you experience a sudden outbreak of multiple lesions.
- There are various surgical options to remove capillary hemangiomas for cosmetic reasons.
Capillary hemangiomas, or “strawberry” birthmarks, are bright red lesions that are most common in babies and children, though you can develop the condition at any age. In adults, capillary angiomas are usually small, red spots that can appear anywhere on the body and don’t disappear over time. These lesions are often called cherry angiomas and are particularly common in older adults. In fact, one study found that 75-percent of seniors over the age of 75 have them.
Capillary hemangiomas are usually nothing to worry about, although there are some circumstances when you should seek medical advice. You can also have capillary hemangiomas removed if they make you feel self-conscious. This article explores what causes these benign (non-cancerous) tumors in adults, the treatment options, and when to see a doctor about skin lesions.
What Causes Capillary Hemangiomas?
Capillary hemangiomas occur when capillaries (tiny blood vessels) form a clump under the skin’s surface, giving it a red appearance. However, doctors don’t fully understand why some adults get capillary hemangiomas. It’s thought that injuries can sometimes cause hemangiomas, although the link is unproven. Certain genetic mutations and older age can increase your chances of developing capillary hemangiomas.
Pregnancy can sometimes cause capillary hemangiomas, and these usually fade after giving birth. Certain illnesses and medications can cause a condition called eruptive cherry hemangiomas, where multiple lesions appear over a short period.