Ruby spots appear as small reddish spots on the skin. They go by numerous names, such as: cherry angiomas, cherry angiomas, Campbell de Morgan’s points, senile angioma, or capillary hemangioma. It is a fairly common problem in the elderly and not so old, it is benign, and its treatment is usually simple and effective, as long as it is appropriate.
Therefore, in this FastlyHealarticle, we bring you the necessary information to know what ruby points on the skin are, what their causes are, and how to eliminate them.
What are ruby spots on the skin
When we speak of ruby point, it refers to a lesion of a bright and intense red color, of small size (pinpoint), that appears on the skin of almost all people at some point in their life. It can be between 1 and 5 millimeters, and it is common to find several lesions together. They are usually seen on the back, although they can be on any other body part. They can be smooth or somewhat raised.
Why do ruby points appear: causes
It is an angioma, that is, a benign vascular lesion that occurs from the smallest vessels of the skin (called capillaries), and they usually appear with skin aging; However, not always in advanced ages, they can appear From the second or third decades of life, and towards the age of 50, almost all people present them and, from that moment, the increase in number and size, according to the individual. However, it can also happen that they disappear spontaneously and without leaving a trace.
There are different reasons why ruby spots can appear on the skin:
- There may be a specific hereditary component in its appearance.
- Contact with certain chemicals (such as mustard gas, cyclosporine, and bromides) can promote the generation of multiple red moles.
- Liver diseases (such as cirrhosis ) cause various lesions of this type.
What symptoms can ruby points cause?
These cherry angiomas do not usually give symptoms. They may bleed if they are in an area of permanent friction; in that case, the site should be washed and compressed until the bleeding, which is usually mild, subsides.
Although it is a benign lesion, if its appearance changes or increases significantly in size, it is advisable to consult a specialist in dermatology, which is also necessary if there are doubts about whether or not the lesions are ruby points.
How to remove ruby spots from the skin
Regarding the treatment of ruby points, it is indicated when the lesions generate aesthetic problems due to their number or location. It is optional because, as has been seen, they can sometimes disappear without leaving a scar.
There are different ways to remove red moles, and this treatment is usually simple and effective, with just one or two sessions to remove them altogether. The idea is that there are minimal or no marks on the skin, which, generally, is achieved through one of the following dermatological treatments:
- Cryotherapy: cold is applied (through liquid nitrogen), then a scab appears, which is eliminated with the disappearance of the lesion a few days later.
- Electrocoagulation: the lesion is also eliminated by burning it, then a scab forms that must be cared for and that, when falling, leaves the regenerated skin in place.
- Laser application: healing after this method can take up to 4 weeks since inflammation usually appears in the area.
- Pulsed light application: it is very effective in resolving this type of lesion since, as it works by differentiating between the color of the skin and the lesion, it quickly eliminates the angioma. It usually causes inflammation at first, and later, a scab forms; the area is healed when falling.
Another way to remove ruby points is by surgical extraction, but it can leave a more significant scar, so one of the other techniques is usually chosen.
It should be known that after removing the ruby point and the scab has healed, it is essential to use high sun protection or cover the area since the newly healed skin areas can take on a dark color with direct exposure to the sun.
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