• Hemangiomas are an abnormal collection of blood vessels giving rise to a raised , red , spongy lesion that is most commonly present on the skin
  • Most common areas involved are the head (scalp and face),chest and back
  • Hemangiomas can also be found not so commonly in other parts and organs of the body such as the liver, the digestive tract , airway lining, eyes etc.
  • Some babies can present with the hemangiomas at birth
  • Many others can present with just a slightly red mark at birth which will grow over the first few weeks of life and present as a bright red , spongy , raised patch with the surface having a leathery feel to touch
  • The hemangiomas will grow rapidly over the first year of life after which it hits a plateau before starting to shrink gradually over the next few year
    • No treatment is required for most hemangiomas as they are benign and will resolve naturally on their own
    • It can disappear completely without a trace and sometimes leave behind a faint scar
    • Some hemangiomas that may be causing obstruction such as the ones in the airway or the eye might require intervention by a dermatologist or a surgeon
    • Should hemangiomas get wounded or ulcerated they can get infected which will require medical attention for bleeding and infection control