We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

What Are Angiomas?

M.C. Huguelet
Updated: Mar 03, 2024

Angiomas are non-cancerous growths made up of blood vessels or lymphatic vessels which have clustered in an abnormal way. While medical researchers do not yet understand what causes these growths, they are usually harmless. There are several different types of angioma, including hemangioma, spider angioma, and cherry angioma. Generally, angiomas do not require treatment and may fade on their own, although some people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

An angioma occurs when a collection of blood vessels or lymphatic vessels develops in an abnormal, clustered fashion. These clustered vessels normally present themselves as raised areas of varying sizes which are usually painless, and which may be located anywhere on the skin’s surface. They are often red or purple in color, although some are flesh-toned. Some are present from birth, some emerge during infancy, and others develop during middle or old age.

Medical researchers do not understand what causes most angiomas. Some believe that they may be connected to exposure to certain proteins present in the placenta prior to birth, although this theory has not been proven. Regardless of their cause, the growths are generally harmless. Development of a large number of growths, however, may indicate an underlying condition, usually liver malfunction.

There are several distinct types of angiomas, including hemangioma, spider angioma, and cherry angioma. A hemangioma is a raised area which is often intensely red in color, and which normally occurs on the face or neck. It commonly emerges shortly after birth, and grows in size for approximately one year, sometimes reaching a diameter of 2 inches (5 cm) or more. The hemangioma then ceases growing and in time begins to shrink, usually disappearing by the time a child reaches 10.

Unlike other types of angioma, a spider angioma tends to be flat. It consists of a red mark from which small blood vessels radiate, creating a spider-like appearance. Spider angiomas can occur at any time, but they often affect pregnant women. Like a hemangioma, a cherry angioma is usually bright red in tone. It is generally much smaller than a hemangioma, however, and tends to develop in those over 30.

As these growths are generally benign and painless, they usually do not require medical attention. Many of these growths gradually disappear over several months or years. Some people opt to have an angioma removed for cosmetic reasons, however. The most commonly used methods for angioma removal include surgery, laser treatment, and liquid nitrogen freezing.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
M.C. Huguelet
By M.C. Huguelet
Cate Huguelet, a Chicago-based freelance writer with a passion for storytelling, crafts engaging content for a wide range of publications, including The Health Board. With degrees in Writing and English, she brings a unique perspective and a commitment to clean, precise copy that resonates with readers. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
M.C. Huguelet
M.C. Huguelet
Cate Huguelet, a Chicago-based freelance writer with a passion for storytelling, crafts engaging content for a wide...
Learn more
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.