Red moles, or cherry angiomas, are common skin growths that can develop on most areas of your body. These common skin growths are a collection of small blood vessels that appear as raised, red to purple bumps.

This type of skin growth is typically not a cause for concern unless it bleeds often or changes in size, shape, or color. They’re usually found on people aged 30 and older.

Rarely, however, a skin cancer can be mistaken for a cherry angioma. If you notice a sudden increase in the number of red spots or if a pre-existing red spot changes in size, shape, color, or symptom (i.e., bleeding), you should be evaluated at a dermatology clinic.

What Causes Cherry Angiomas?

The exact cause of red moles is unknown, but there may be a genetic factor that makes certain people more likely to get them. Many specialists believe they may be connected to chemical exposure, certain medications, climate, and pregnancy.

How Do You Treat Cherry Angiomas?

Luckily, they do not have to be treated and there is no harm in leaving them on your skin.  If you just do not like them or if they start to change in appearance they can be easily removed. In that case, here are your options:

  • Cryosurgery, which is focused destruction by freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • Electrocauterization, which is focused destruction with a low-level electric current
  • Laser destruction, which gives off enough heat to destroy the lesion
  • Shave removal, which can be a cosmetically elegant alternative to destruction surgery

Dr. Monique S. Cohn can answer any additional questions about cherry angiomas and she will take a look at any on your skin.  Just contact us by calling Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center at 330-425-7600 to set up an appointment in Twinsburg.