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What, When, Why: All You Need to Know About Strawberry Marks

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Oct 23rd

What, When, Why: All You Need to Know About Strawberry Marks

Find out how strawberry marks happen or what their symptoms are. We cover all things you ever wanted to ask about strawberry marks.

What are Strawberry Marks?

Strawberry marks are the birth marks in the form of red lumps mostly appearing on the head, chest, and upper back. They are common in the newborn babies and usually fade away as they age.

A research has proved that nearly half of the birthmarks disappear by the age of the five years while 90 percent are faded away by the time the child is 10 years old. Besides, the size, numbers or location doesn’t affect the fading time.

Most of the marks are as small as 25 cent size, though they can enlarge their sizes. Nearly one in ten babies is born with strawberry marks. Strawberry marks are also termed as cavernous hemangioma or capillary hemangioma if they are blue in color or deeper in the skin.

What Causes Strawberry Marks?

These birthmarks appear when their blood vessels are increased in size. Consequently, the area is marked with the strawberry colored blemish. They are likely to develop while the baby is in the uterus, when capillaries and immature veins are clustering under the skin which leads to the bumps on the skin.

They are harmless and can be found anywhere on the skin; and are visible on the face and head. Strawberry marks can also appear within the first month of the birth. They may be bleeding, ulcerated or have large size, but that is very rare. These birthmarks are commonly found in premature infants.

Though strawberry marks don’t cause discomfort or pain, they can affect your child’s self-esteem if they appear on the visible areas and don’t go as the child ages. In some cases, they leave behind a gray/white scar, which looks like a noticeable patch. It is seen that a large strawberry marks is dangerous as it sucks the blood platelets from bloodstream, thereby causing a risk to the heart.

What are the Symptoms of Strawberry Nevus?

A strawberry nevus, as its name implies, resemble the strawberry both in color and appearance. Besides, they look like other red birthmarks. You can find these red tinges around the face, back, chest and scalp of your child. Unlike other birthmarks, a strawberry nevus takes several weeks to grow on your child’s skin. Whereas a strawberry nevus is on the skin, the cavernous hemangioma pops out from under the skin. On the other hand, a port wine stain (red/purple birthmark) is different because of its permanent location on the face.

How Strawberry Birthmarks Are Diagnosed?

As stated above that most of the strawberry birthmarks are tend to fade away with the age. So, treatment is not such a necessary for that. Given your child self-esteem or anxiety, you must seek medical aid if the mark is on the visible area, like the face.

Your physician may use injections, laser removal or cryotherapy to make it fade quickly. These procedures are bit painful and can left a scar on the skin after removing the birthmark.