What is a strawberry birthmark?
A strawberry birthmark is anywhere, and the common locations are the scalp, face, chest, and back. Looking at the area closely allows seeing small blood vessels packed closely together. It resembles different birthmark types.
A strawberry birthmark may be deep, superficial, or combined. It may be on the skin of the child. It can be raised or usually bright red. Some may be in deeper tissue appearing purple or blue. While there, maybe both in combination spearing as port-wine stain different from strawberry type and occurs on the face, staying permanently.
What causes strawberry birthmark?
A strawberry birthmark appears as extra blood vessels cluster. The cause may be unknown. There are several family members with similar birthmarks, and it may be genetics playing a vital role. There is research going on to get the skin lesions exact cause.
What are the side effects?
A strawberry birthmark is harmless. It leaves a white or gray scar on fading. It makes the area differently noticeable from the surrounding skin. In severe cases, the large birthmarks may be life threatening. It may cause deformities and skin problems. It may affect vision, breathing, and hearing.
Some large strawberry birthmarks or nevus, depending on the location can disturb an organ function. Thus, evaluating the size and performing tests determine if the birthmark is harmful or not.
When it appears and goes away
A baby may be born with a strawberry birthmark. It is also possible to show up after birth in the first few weeks. It appears as a tiny birthmark in the first month appearing as a pale sport or a small bruise. In the first three to six months’ time, it can grow quickly and become redder with growth.
Once the baby reaches six months, the growth of the strawberry birthmark typically slows down. However, it is not a hard and fast rule to stop and may continue until nine to twelve months of the baby. Later, within one year and 18 months, it may start flattening out, fading, and shrinking down. It may also take longer, or for many children, it goes away by the time children begin their schooling. Even, if there is more than one strawberry birthmark, it may go away by the time the child reaches ten years.
Most strawberry nevus marks fade over time and are harmless. However, they turn harmful in rare cases. A strawberry nevus is a red birthmark taken the name for its color. The skin red tinge comes from blood vessel collection appearing near the skin’s surface. They occur mostly in infants and young children.
A Strawberry birthmark is not always appearing with your birth. It also appears after a baby is a few weeks old. These birthmarks fade typically with time and are harmless. In case it does not fade, there are many options to remove or minimize the appearance of the birthmark.