The appearance of small red moles on the skin , also known as capillary hemangiomas , can certainly be alarming. However, while they may appear unsightly and ugly to look at, this particular type of mole is generally harmless. To learn more about red moles, how to determine if they are harmless and how they can be treated, be sure to read this article.

Red moles on the skin

Surely you are thinking if blood moles are dangerous , so you must consider some factors, which undoubtedly influence to determine if they are as dangerous as they seem. For example, according to recent discoveries, moles can be alarming especially when combined with a distinctive color. Most common moles are dark brown or black, so finding red moles on your skin can be scary. And if you are a girl, seeing red dots on your legs will scare you .

What can they warn about your health?

Just because a reddish mole appears doesn’t mean you have skin cancer . Color, size, and shape distinguish a potentially cancerous mole from one that is benign. And to make you feel a bit relaxed, red moles are usually benign.

The red spots are benign growths common skin that make up blood vessels. Medically known as Campbell De Morgan spots , these skin growths can appear anywhere on the body, including the head. These tend to appear more frequently on the trunk, affecting men and women. They are more common in people who are over 30 years of age.

Capillary hemangiomas

Capillary hemangiomas vary in size and color. Most cherry angiomas start from only one tenth of a millimeter and are generally flat. Capillary hemangiomas can become raised red moles one to two millimeters wide and up to one centimeter in diameter. The color of these moles can be bright red, blood red, or a deep shade of dark purple.

Pay attention to the signs of cancer

Although most red moles are harmless, their location or size can make them undesirable. However, that does not mean that you should stop practicing prevention. A monthly mole check will keep you abreast of the size, location, and coloring of all moles on your body. In order to prevent the advancement of skin cancer, you should always check your moles with either a dermatologist or your GP, especially if you meet any of the following signs:


Moles that are different on both sides are known as asymmetric. Asymmetric moles should always be evaluated. Imagine drawing a line through the center of the mole; If it looks vastly different, have it checked by a professional.


Malignant moles have jagged, jagged edges.


They vary in color to a great extent. In general, the higher the cancer risk, the darker the mole will become. If they darken over a period of time, keep an eye on the color of your moles, get them checked.


Lastly, the diameter of a mole can suggest malignancy. Most benign moles are no larger than a pencil eraser. If the mole is older, or continues to grow, it is time for an appointment with your doctor.


Treatment of red moles

Maintain control over the red moles on your body and when in doubt, consult your doctor. If you notice red, itchy spots on your skin that suddenly bleed, ooze, or cause pain, you should get immediate medical attention, regardless of color or size. If there is any concern that a mole on your skin could be cancerous, consult your doctor and if he recommends removing it, so be it.

Protect your skin

Even if skin cancer is not a possibility, you may want to remove red moles that appear on your skin for cosmetic purposes. Dermatologists often perform in-office mole removal procedures that use a local anesthetic. When doctors remove a mole, a lab biopsy is usually ordered to confirm whether the mole is benign.

Skin can change dramatically with age. Although nothing can turn back the hands of time and prevent small changes like red moles on the skin, if you can avoid major damage, and one way to do it is by keeping your body hydrated with water , exercising daily to increase circulation, and replenishing the moisture lost with night creams or lotion. So do not worry, in time everything has a solution.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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