Jul 25, 2016
While you are probably used to seeing moles in various places on your skin, you may be slightly skeptical of or even concerned about a “mole” that appears red in color. While a cherry angioma may appear more daunting than a mole, these benign growths are actually cause for little concern aside from cosmetic. If you do desire to remove a cherry angioma, though, you typically can do so
The National Institute of Health defines a cherry angioma as a noncancerous or benign growth on your skin that is made up of blood vessels. The growths generally appear bright cherry-red, hence the name, and are small from the size of a pinhead to about ¼ inch. Likewise, an angioma may be smooth or stick out from the skin. While the actual cause of these skin growths is unknown, research suggests that they are genetic.
Can You Remove Cherry Angiomas without Going to the Doctor?
In most cases, cherry angiomas cause little actual health concern. You likely won’t experience any pain or discomfort caused by the growth, and they are generally benign, which is why you can typically treat an angioma at home. However, if you do experience pain, excessive bleeding, or a change in the appearance of your angioma, you should consult a doctor. Otherwise, you can use natural remedies, like iodine, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil to remove the growth.
According to research, iodine deficiency is one of the biggest contributors to skin conditions, including cherry angiomas. So, if you have one of these growths, we suggest upping your daily consumption of iodine. This nutrient helps rid your body of toxins as well as promotes the effective function of cells throughout your body. Iodoral is a common iodine supplement.
In times past, iodine was used as a preservative in bread. Eventually it was found that bromine could be used instead of iodine as a preservative. Unfortunately, this not only removed a source of iodine from modern diets, it added bromine, which actually displaces iodine in the body.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural substance derived from fermented apples. The fermenting process yields a high concentration of acetic acid in the vinegar, which has many healing properties. When you apply ACV to a cherry angioma, it shrinks the growth and eventually eliminates it completely. To apply the treatment, simply hold an apple cider vinegar soaked cotton ball over the growth for 20 to 30 minutes a day. The angioma will likely change color and eventually fall off. Apple cider vinegar, used straight, can damage healthy skin tissue. to prevent damage to skin around the angioma, apply coconut oil or olive oil to the healthy skin before applying the apple cider vinegar.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Research has identified tea tree oil as an effective antibacterial agent. This oil is relatively powerful, so it also can “dry out” and eliminate angiomas. To do so, combine 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and apply the mixture to the growth. Allow the mixture to dry and reapply it at least once a day until the angioma has disappeared.
4. Pricking the Angioma with a Pin
A free remedy for angioma is to prick it with a pin. This remedy has mixed results and comes with a risk of infection. If you choose to use this method, be sure to start with a sterilized needle and clean your skin well also. Even so, any time you break the skin, you run the risk of introducing bacteria, even if you are careful.
Try one of these treatment options or keep reading below for more natural cures for cherry angiomas from our readers!
Cherry Angioma - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001441.htm