Hemangioma: Demystifying the Common Birthmark in Children
Hemangioma: More Than Just a Mark
Hemangiomas are common birthmarks that often appear in infancy. While usually harmless, they can sometimes require medical attention.
What is a Hemangioma?
A hemangioma is a bright red birthmark that shows up at birth or within a few weeks after birth.
Types: What You Might See
- Superficial Hemangiomas: Appear on the skin's surface.
- Deep Hemangiomas: Occur under the skin.
- Mixed Hemangiomas: A combination of both.
Causes: The Unknown Factors
The exact cause is unknown, but they are more common in:
- Premature Babies: Born before 37 weeks.
- Low Birth Weight: Less than 5.5 pounds.
- Family History: A genetic component is suspected.
Treatment: When to Intervene
- Observation: Most resolve on their own.
- Medication: Like beta-blockers, for larger hemangiomas.
- Surgery: In extreme cases affecting function.
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