A hemangioma, otherwise known as a strawberry mark, is a bright red and rubbery birth mark. These marks are commonly present during birth or develop within the first year of life. They are most commonly found on the scalp, face, chest or back.
While treatment is not required for a hemangioma, if the mark develops sores, bleeds, or grows larger, it should be examined by a medically trained professional.
Symptoms of Hemangiomas
A hemangioma begin as flat marks on the body and grow for about one year. They become rubbery in texture and are raised from the skin. Usually, the mark will begin to fade from the skin.
Most hemangiomas resolve by age 5.
What Causes a Hemangioma?
A hemangioma is a mark formed by a cluster of red blood cells in one, particular area. It is unknown why the blood cells cluster, but there may be genetic reasons.