Angiomas are benign growths made up of small blood vessels. They can appear anywhere on the body. The three most common types are spider angiomas, angiokeratomas, and cherry angiomas.
Cherry angiomas are red or purplish in color and don't usually grow larger than 1/4-inch in diameter. They can appear alone or in clusters. They are not dangerous.
No one knows what causes angiomas. Since they commonly appear after the age of 40, they may be related to aging.
Occasionally angiomas may become irritated (such as from rubbing against clothing) and need to be removed to avoid further problems. However, since most angiomas are harmless, most people have them treated for cosmetic reasons.
There are three ways to have angiomas removed:
If an angioma recurs after treatment, your physician can repeat treatment until it is gone for good.