Red Moles!! Don’t worry! it’s just a colour. Nothing to be scared about. Another name for a red mole is Cherry Anigomas or Campbell De Morgan Spots. Although we could not find much credible information pointing the similarity between a Red Mole and Cherry Angiomas, however, their size, structure, shape, removal procedures are quite similar to that of other moles.
The only difference from a mole (or a red mole as you would like to call it) is that while most moles are benign overgrowths of melanocytic cells in clusters, Red Moles (or Cherry angiomas) are made up of clusters of capillaries (small blood vessels) at the surface of the skin.
Moving on, let’s dig deeper into some facts, its causes, removal procedures and the cost.
Red moles were first spotted by a British surgeon, Campbell De Morgan and rightly so, they are also called Campbell De Morgan spots. People with over 30 years are more likely to have cherry angiomas.
Size, Shape & Structure –
1. While most moles are majorly brown, tan or black in color they form a bright red or blood red color primarily because of the blood vessels through which they are formed.
2. When the first appear, they are as small as red dots on skin (0.1 mm) but they might grow to about a centimeter or so in a number of cases.
3. They start flat and eventually raise and become dome-shaped over time.
According to an article published by Medical News Daily, Red Moles or Cherry Angiomas can appear anywhere on your body but the most common places where they are found include chest, stomach, arms, legs, breasts and back.
Quick Facts –
1. They mostly appear in people with age more than 30 years. While a standard mole is a matter of concern especially when it surfaces after 30, red moles are virtually harmless.
2. As age grows they tend to increase in number.
3. It is considered to be just an accumulation of small blood vessels which gives them a red color.
4. The number of cherry angiomas tends to grow once you start having them. They are always benign and harmless but having a large number of red moles could be suspicious and deserves medical attention immediately.
5. One study published by National Institute of Health stated that 75% of adults over 75 years have them.
What causes Red Moles?
There isn’t any specific cause for this type of mole to appear. However, we have a detailed article that covers different causes for moles to grow on your skin. While a regular mole could grow because of sun exposure, hormonal changes and heredity, some sources explain that cherry angiomas are mostly hereditary.
An interesting video we found on Youtube that briefly talks about the size, structure, causes and removal procedure of a cherry angioma.
Are red moles cancerous?
Majority of cherry angiomas are benign & non-cancerous. However, if it tends to bleed, goes itchy or shows any of ABCDE characteristics (asymmetrical shape, irregular borders, uneven color, diameter larger than 6 mm, evolves quickly) of melanoma, fix an appointment with your doctor immediately and ascertain the future course of action.
If the mole is found to be precancerous, the doctor will suggest you the removal procedure depending on the location, size & structure of mole. Most removal procedures are done on an outpatient basis in a doctor’s clinic/hospital and don’t require more than one sitting.
Precautions to be taken –
Because the blood vessels are located on the surface of the skin, where Cherry Angiomas (or red moles) are formed, it’s is very important that you take great care of that area. Unnecessary itching, scratching might result in the opening of the mole which further aggravates the situation.
It is better that you consult your dermatologist if itching, pain or bleeding persists.
What is the solution?
It is advisable to self-examine this. Since most red moles are benign, you can just let it be and keep observing the area. If you’ve too many of them get it checked by your skin specialist.
Sometimes the location of a red mole is such that it rubs against your clothes causing unnecessary irritation which might force you to get rid of it.
Other reasons for removal are purely cosmetic. You may want to take a look at a detailed article we did on common reasons people consider for mole removal.
Once it is established that you want to get your mole removed, your dermatologist will decide which mole removal method will be suitable in your case.
Generally speaking, the following methods are widely used for mole removal.
1. Medical mole removal procedures
1. Shave Removal (with or without stitches)
This procedure involves cutting the mole using a scalpel or any sharp instrument such as a surgical blade. Depending on the size and depth of mole, the dermatologist will decide whether to shave the mole or remove it along with parts of surrounding skin. The good part about shave removal is that it allows for them mole tissues to be sent for pathological testing to further access it for cancerous properties.
2. Laser Surgery
A pulsed dye laser (PDL) is used for the laser procedure. The mole tissues are completely destroyed with the resulting heat coming out of the laser. This method is very quick, non-invasive and normally don’t require a patient to stay overnight at the clinic.
Cryotherapy is completely opposite of the laser procedure. While the former produces enough heat using a laser, the latter tends to destroy the mole by freezing it with liquid nitrogen. It is so cold that even a 10-second spray of liquid nitrogen is good enough to get rid of the mole.
This method is fairly easy and non-invasive.
The mole is burnt using a tiny probe instrument which produces and releases electric current that destroys the tissues of a red mole.
2. Home remedies for mole removal
Before using any of these home remedies just make sure that the mole to be treated is benign and discuss your at-home mole removal procedure with your doctor before proceeding.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Its acidic nature will help in getting rid of the mole. Dab on your mole using a cotton ball, secure it with a bandage and let it sit on the mole for some time before washing it. Repeat for 1-2 weeks or until you see visible improvement. (Detailed article on ACV Mole removal)
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is also frequently used to treat moles. Apply on the mole using a Q-tip or cotton ball. Gently press for a couple of minutes so that oil soakes in. Repeat thrice for almost 2 weeks. (Detailed article on Tea tree oil removal)
Cherry Angiomas could be treated the same way other moles are treated. Make sure you perform self-skin checks at home on a monthly basis to observe changes in existing moles or growth of new moles.
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