Treatment of Hemangiomas
Although hemangiomas do not require treatment, complications can arise which need medical attention. If the mark begins to blister, or bleed, it may be a sign of infection. Infection can lead to scarring.
Depending on the location of the hemangioma, it can obstruct vision or breathing and may require treatment.
If a hemangioma continue to develop and grow, it may be a cause of concern and require medical treatment.
There are two forms of treatment a medically-trained professional may suggest if any of these complications are present.
- Corticosteroid medication can be applied to the skin, taken by mouth, or injected into the affected area to lessen symptoms. Side effects include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and poor growth.
- Laser surgery can remove or treat hemangiomas which may not heal on their own. This procedure can also be used to hinder the growth of the mark. Side effects can include bleeding, scarring, pain, skin discoloration and infection.
- Propanolol is a blood pressure medication that can be rubbed on hemangioma, or can be given through intravenous methods. This can be very effective in shrinking the hemangioma, but due to potential side effects, this should only be done under the expertise of a provider who is familiar with these treatments.
While treatment is not necessary in every case, some parents may choose to seek treatment for a variety of reasons. Parents should always explore treatment options with a medically trained professional before deciding on specific type.
To schedule a consultation for a hemangioma, call the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale at (480) 596-1110.