An infantile hemangioma is a benign growth that most commonly appears as a rubbery, bright red nodule of extra blood vessels in the skin. It is the most common tumor of childhood. It usually appears during the first months of life, and continues to grow over the first year. It usually starts to recede gradually after the first year. About half of all hemangiomas resolve by age 5, and nearly all hemangiomas are resolved by age 10.
A hemangioma can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly appears on the face, scalp, chest or back. They can occur as one lesion or as multiple lesions. Hemangiomas occur most commonly in females, premature babies, and white infants.
Treatment of a hemangioma isn’t always necessary. In certain situations, such as when the hemangioma interferes with vision or breathing, or if the lesion is very large, ulcerated, or bleeding, treatment will be recommended. Although the color of the hemangioma fades with time, faint but permanent discoloration of the skin or residual extra skin may remain.
If needed, treatment for a hemangioma usually consists of an oral medication and/or laser therapy.
If your child has a hemangioma, call the providers at Florida Skin Center today at 239-561-3376 to schedule a consultation.