What to Expect If Your Child Has a Hemangioma

Example of a dermatology patient with hemangiomaGrowths of red blood vessels called hemangiomas are the most common type of tumor affecting children. Hemangiomas are not cancerous. Although the appearance of these growths can be frightening for parents, they usually cause little discomfort and typically go away without treatment. Here’s what you should expect if your child has been diagnosed with a hemangioma.

What Are the Symptoms of Hemangiomas?

Doctors aren’t sure why blood vessels grow abnormally on certain areas of the body. When hemangiomas affect the skin, they may first appear as a flat red spot, scratch, or bump. Over time, the area expands and begins to protrude from the skin. Hemangiomas most commonly develop during infancy and frequently occur on the face, neck, chest, and back.

Small hemangiomas that don’t cause complications can usually be left alone. Sometimes, these spots begin to bleed and may become painful. If your child develops an unusual growth, our doctors can recommend the best course of action.

How Are Hemangiomas Treated?

When hemangiomas cause discomfort or fail to resolve without treatment, medications or minor procedures can usually provide relief. We may recommend hemangioma treatments that include the following:

How Are Hemangiomas Treated?
When hemangiomas cause discomfort or fail to resolve without treatment, medications or minor procedures can usually provide relief. We may recommend hemangioma treatments that include the following:

– Corticosteroid injections, which can reduce the inflammation associated with this condition and prevent further growth
– Laser treatments to help remove the growth
– Topical or oral beta blockers to encourage healing of the hemangioma
– Surgical removal, which is usually only required when the growth is very large or in a sensitive area, such as near the eye

Most hemangiomas are minor and don’t require treatment. However, you should always see a dermatologist since these growths can be associated with other medical issues that need to be resolved. If you’re in the Baton Rouge area, contact The Dermatology Clinic to request an appointment for your child. Contact us online or call (225) 769-7546 to learn more about the care provided at our three convenient locations.

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