Small -- pinhead size to about 1/4 inch in diameter
Smooth, or can stick out from the skin
Signs and tests
Your health care provider will probably diagnose a cherry angioma based on the appearance of the growth. No further tests are usually necessary, though a skin biopsy may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Cherry angiomas usually do not need to be treated. If they are cosmetically unattractive or they bleed often, angiomas may be removed by:
Cherry angiomas are noncancerous and generally harmless. Removal usually does not cause scarring.
Bleeding if they are injured
Changes in appearance
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
You have symptoms of a cherry angioma and you would like to have it removed
The appearance of a cherry angioma or any skin lesion changes
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.