Strawberry Hemangioma is a condition in which the individual is either born with or develops a red rash or growth on the body. This growth is not considered a birth mark because the individual is not born with the growth in most cases and the growth can continue to grow after birth. With true birthmarks, the mark does not grow after birth and is formed before birth, not waiting to appear after birth. Strawberry hemangioma is known for growing after the birth of the individual and while it can shrink in size after the initial growth pattern, it is most often treated with medication or surgery.
Strawberry Hemangioma Causes & Symptoms
Strawberry hemangioma is seen as a red rash or growth on the individual at a very young age. This growth or rash can take a on a number of forms, everything from a flat rash like mark to a heavy growth. If the hemangioma is on the surface of the skin, it appears red, if it is under the skin it appears blue, but both are problems with the vascular system, rather than being infections. The hemangioma is not painful, but can be disfiguring and if it is a growth that blocks vision, breathing, or eating it can be life threatening. In most cases Strawberry Hemangioma is not dangerous and is treated with a wait and see attitude.
There are no known causes of strawberry hemangioma. This makes the condition impossible to prevent. It is recommended that new mothers watch for any signs of the condition beginning since catching the condition in its early stages is more conducive to a fast and non-scarring healing process. Strawberry Hemangioma is mostly seen during the time of an infant's life ranging between birth to eighteen months and the mother should watch for it during this time although it is possible for the individual to develop the condition as a totter.
Strawberry Hemangioma Treatment
Once the clinical signs of the rash or growth have been discovered, the treatment for Strawberry Hemangioma can begin. Depending upon the doctor and the severity of the condition, several treatments may be prescribed. Such treatments can include a wait and see method with massage being frequent for those cases in which the condition is not excessive and has been caught early. This is only recommended for those cases that are not in dangerous locations. Lazars have been used with great success in some persistent cases of Strawberry hemangioma. Steroids have also been used with great success and are generally tolerated very well in infants. All of this is for the hemangioma that is not deep and is not in a life threatening location.
For those Strawberry Hemangioma that can be life threatening or threaten the quality of life in the individual, surgery can be an option. With this option the area is surgically repaired and the excess tissue is removed. Surgery is the last possible option and is usually reserved for those conditions that are life threatening or that have not responded to any other treatment options.