Red Spots on the Skin

Have you noticed those tiny little red spots on your skin?

These red spots are likely to be Campell de Morgan spots or cherry angiomas. These are not moles. They are actually proliferation of tiny blood vessels.

It is not known why these spots form but they usually arise in middle age folks and those older. Basically, these spots are found to be quite harmless.

They can be removed by cautery (using an electric pencil) or an ablative laser by a qualified doctor. However such treatment may produce side effects like post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (a dark colour which may take months or years to fade) and rarely, scarring.

Source: Dr Derrick Aw, Ask the Expert, Mind Your Body, 20 Nov 2008

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