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Suggest treatment for hemangiomas

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Posted on Wed, 16 Dec 2015
Question: I've been going to dermatologists for many years. I suffer all sorts of skin problems due to sun exposure and aging. The doctors used several methods to remove moles, mostly on my back. This helped at the time, but they return. Lately I've begun to get other conditions on my back especially, red spots that turn white if scratched. All this is so unattractive and irritating, although there is no real pain. Also, those little red dots -- many of those. What has made me unhappy is that I have never received any information about preventing these conditions, other than using sunscreen, which I do. Since the skin is the largest body organ (I think), it seems odd to me that there is no real help or useful information to change this unpleasant situation.

In all other ways, I am a fairly healthy individual and wonder why this skin problem continues year after year with no real solution. Dermatologists I've seen pay little attention to me and rush me in and out, always disappointed that I receive little information to improve this condition long term. Can you help me? Thank you . XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not much one can do

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns

You are correct the skin is the largest oraon of the body but we do not have many treatments to help you condition. From your description the red dots are called hemangiomas which are growths of blood vessels just below the skin. These are harmless and do not need treating. Treatment would cause more damage and disfigurement to your skin

You other condition with the white painless patches are skin damage from prior sun exposure. There is no treatment to prevent these areas from forming. We can only treat those lesions that appear. So no matter how much sunscreen you put on or other moisturizers nothing to stop their formation

In summary all your current skin problems originated when you were younger and now they are appearing. You just need to continue to follow with your dermatologist and get treated for those lesions that appear dangerous

I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions
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Brief Answer: Not much one can do Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns You are correct the skin is the largest oraon of the body but we do not have many treatments to help you condition. From your description the red dots are called hemangiomas which are growths of blood vessels just below the skin. These are harmless and do not need treating. Treatment would cause more damage and disfigurement to your skin You other condition with the white painless patches are skin damage from prior sun exposure. There is no treatment to prevent these areas from forming. We can only treat those lesions that appear. So no matter how much sunscreen you put on or other moisturizers nothing to stop their formation In summary all your current skin problems originated when you were younger and now they are appearing. You just need to continue to follow with your dermatologist and get treated for those lesions that appear dangerous I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions