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Hemangiomas are collections of extra blood vessels in the skin and are one of the most common skin problems in the first year of life. Although only 1 to 2.6 percent of newborn infants have hemangiomas present at birth, the lesions are found in up to 10 percent of patients by one year of age. They appear most frequently during the first one to four weeks of life. Hemangiomas may have different appearances, depending upon the depth of the blood vessels involved. More superficial hemangiomas tend to be bright red and elevated, with an uneven surface. Deeper hemangiomas tend to be smooth on the surface, but bluish in color. Many times, both red and blue components will be present. The more superficial hemangiomas often begin as flat, pink areas but rapidly change into the elevated, bright red lesions. General Dermatologist Dr. Robert Katz will definitely check your skin problems. Visit now Katz Dermatology. Hemangiomas typically tend to enlarge in size when the infant is between one and approximately eight months of age. They then often reach a plateau and begin to resolve when the child is between one and three years of age. Approximately 50 percent of hemangiomas disappear by the time the child reaches five years of age; more than 90 percent are totally gone by age nine. Occasionally, resolution can take up to as long as 12 years. In up to 50 percent of hemangiomas, some slight to more extensive skin changes remain after the hemangiomas have cleared. These changes may include whiter skin, puckering, scarring and persistent visible blood vessels.

Because of the eventual natural resolution of these lesions and the potential side effects of available treatment agents, hemangiomas are rarely treated aggressively, although there are exceptions when they cause severe ulceration or disfigurement, or difficulties with eating effectively, vision, hearing and breathing. A few other rare situations also require immediate intervention. The most common means of intervention are oral medications, corticosteroids injected into the lesions, surgery and laser treatment. The treatment method is determined depending on the location, age of the child, and size and appearance of the lesion. Children with problematic hemangiomas must be followed carefully. Otherwise, the most appropriate care typically is regular observation of the changing lesion by the dermatologist. One of the Best Dermatologists in MD Dr. Matthew Katz will certainly treat your skin problem before it will get worse. Parents and the child should be encouraged regarding the probable resolution of the condition over time.

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