Specialists in Child Dermatology to sign an angioma, also known as "craving", "hemangioma" or "strawberry mark" is a benign tumor of the skin. The angiomas are very common in childhood.
The angioma appears during the first weeks of life and grow between 3 and 5 first months of life. It is from the first year when they start to regress slowly, so that 5 or 6 years of life are no longer visible.
A angioma usually disappears almost completely with the passage of time. In some cases they may leave a residue or signal in the form of small veins (telangiectasia), skin texture somewhat different from normal skin or excess skin remaining. Most angiomas have completed their involution at 5 years of age, although sometimes they can continue to improve to 9 to 10 years.
An angioma is dangerous?
The angiomas are benign lesions, but in approximately 10% of patients can lead to complications or sequelae, due in some cases by their location, ie whether they are near a vital structure as eyes, nose, mouth or the genital region. You can also create complications if numerous cutaneous hemangiomas appear, since in these cases there is an increased risk of an angioma in an internal organ.
Another possible complication is ulceration. An ulcerated angioma is painful and can leave a permanent scar. In addition, some large angiomas on the face can lead to other disorders.
Most require no treatment angiomas. In the event that the angioma is very visible or bulky, it is important to monitor the angioma in the first weeks, as is its period of rapid growth.
The main treatment for angioma is propranolol. You can also specify the use of beta-blonqueantes topics, laser or surgery if the angioma is very visible, has been ulcerated or expected to be sequelae.
It is important that the treatment decision is valued by a pediatrician or a pediatric dermatologist to decide what type of treatment for each patient. The decision on whether to treat an angioma should be taken early to prevent the Angioma continues to grow and allow greater sequel or residue.