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Red moles on Skin

Red moles on Skin
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Harmless black moles are very common among people. But sometimes red moles appear on our bodies. Red moles, or cherry angiomas can develop all over your body. Also known as Campbell de Morgan spots or senile angiomas, they are common after turning 30 and cause panic.

People fear that they can be cancerous moles. But you don’t need to worry unless they bleed often or change size and color which can indicate the possibility of skin cancer.

However regular red moles appear because of the presence of melanocytes (pigment cell). Collection of small blood vessels inside them gives them the red color.

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Cause of cherry angiomas

Although exact reasons of the occurrence is unknown doctors suspect they are related with heredity. Because of genetic reasons some people are more likely to have them. Too much exposure to sun’s UVA rays could also cause it.

They can also appear due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. Other reasons include liver imbalance, stress and unhealthy eating habits. There is a clear connection between red moles and age as they seem to appear in your thirties. According to studies seventy five percent of people over the age of seventy five are victim of this disease.

Types of Nevi

Depending on characteristics red moles can be divided in five different types. They are as follows

Melanocyte Nevi

These small pigment cells can exist since childhood and are most commonly found in areas exposed to sunlight over the waist. Their size is often smaller than 5 mm. They are most common in people who are younger than 40 years of age. However they fade away with growing age. There can be three types of them

Junctional Nevus

These dark flat pigments are often found in the dermal- epidermal junction of the skin.

Compound Melanocyte Nevi

The colors change into shades of brown as melanocytes extend into dermis to form compound melanocyte nevi.

Blue Nevus

As the name suggests these are of blueish color. They are formed when the origin of the pigment nevus is located in deep dermis.

Spitz Nevi

These benign skin lesions appear red, pink or light brown. They originate from the epidermis and dermis of the skin and are commonly found neck, head, legs, arms and are usually very small. They are found in people with fair complexion and appear in the childhood. However, they are less common than melanocyte nevi.

Nevus Cherry

These moles appear on neck, chest, armpit or back due to growth of blood capillaries on skin in an abnormal rate. It develops usually in the middle ages. Reasons of occurrence could be liver problems, hormonal imbalance due to pregnancy and if exposed to sunlight.

Dysplastic Nevi

These are 5-6 mm in size. They could become cancerous and biopsy of these moles can determine that.

Are red moles cancerous?

In most cases red moles are benign and they show that you are aging. Appearance of red moles certainly doesn’t signify that you have skin cancer. However size, color and location can raise few questions. If the color of the mole changes and it spread then it is a cause of concern.

Cancerous moles usually are of size more than 6 mm and could be black or brown colored. If the red moles in your body are irregular shaped with jaggy border or turn dark then it is better to consult a doctor.

Prevention of red moles

By some life style changes we can easily prevent the occurrence of red moles in our bodies. We need to keep ourselves well hydrated by drinking lots of water. You should apply moisturizer overnight to keep your skin moisturized.

When you are outdoors in the sunlight the usage of a sunscreen with high SPF is a must. As red moles can be caused by liver issues, you need to change your diet for healthier liver. Add lot of green vegetables to your diet.

Treatment of cherry angiomas

In most of the cases people leave red moles untreated. However if there is a compulsion to remove it then you can try these various methods

  1. Electrocauterization: In this process a grounding pad will be placed on your body to ground your rest of the body while electric current will be delivered to burn the mole by a tiny probe.
  2. Cryosurgery: This is a relatively easier solution where liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the mole for 10 seconds to destroy it by extreme cold. This procedure is preferable as it does not need aftercare.
  3. Laser Surgery: In this procedure a concentrated yellow laser called pulsed dye laser (PDL) is applied to the mole. The laser generates enough heat to destroy the mole permanently.
  4. Shave excision: The mole is removed from the top part of the skin with surgical precision and it doesn’t involve stiches.


  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/cherry-angioma#symptoms2
  2. http://justhealthlifestyle.com/small-red-moles-on-skin-everything-you-need-to-know-about-them/
  3. https://www.livestrong.com/article/183965-facts-about-red-moles/

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