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Hemangioma in Adults

Updated April 17, 2017

Hemangiomas, while usually seen in children, do appear in some adults. Your doctor can help you pick the best course of action in treating your hemangioma. Do not try to remove these growths with over-the-counter health aids.

Condition

Hemangiomas appear in adults as a dot or bump on the skin that can range in colour from red to black. They can appear on any part of the body.

Risk

Risk of adult-onset hemangiomas goes up as people get older. Heredity and race have no link to the risk of adult hemangiomas, according to SkinSight.com.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment may be used to get rid of your hemangioma. The laser may be able to burn it away.

Surgery

Surgery may be performed to remove your hemangioma if laser treatment is ineffective. Surgery is usually reserved for cases that cause severe cosmetic deformity, according to the Baylor College of Medicine.

Warnings

Avoid trauma to your hemangioma; bleeding is more likely in that area than on other parts of your body. Talk to your doctor regularly because ulceration and infection are possible in these areas.

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Mike McQuillian began writing professionally for the Internet in 2005. He is an associate editor for YabYum Music, a local music Web site focusing on Arizona bands. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Arizona State University in 2005.