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Spider Angioma

Only a few people know about spider angioma; thus, when it comes, either it was the first they heard their doctor say it or even worse, know less how to control it. Usually, it is more the lack of knowledge on these seemingly trivial details that causes more harm than the disease itself. Perhaps, that's why you're reading this article.

Spider angioma is actually a skin condition resulting from the abnormal collection of blood vessels just beneath the dermis part of the skin. It is considered a form of telangiectasis produced by lesions formed from the dilation of small blood vessels, making it look coarse or fine, depending on the kind of angioma present, with a red line or a punctum, which is a small dot or point with red extensions of visible blood vessels, making it look more like a spider's limb than a lesion—telangiectasia. Medically speaking, it is also called other names such as vascular spider, spider nevus, and nevus araneus. They are not malignant even if they are common among children and present among 10-15 percent of adults. But they could be symptoms of another disease.

Although they could occur just anywhere, spider angiomas could be seen on the neck, face, arms, backs of the hands and fingers, in children, or on the upper part of the trunk. Among pregnant women, women taking oral contraceptives and those with liver disease, spider angiomas are a common dermal manifestation. They are also seen on children who carry hepatic disease. Usually, they manifest as small hemorrhages on these parts of the body. Diagnosing spider angiomas are unnecessary though sometimes skin biopsy is needed to confirm the case.

Like its diagnosis, spider angiomas do not necessarily need medication because they would also disappear in the end. In the case of children, it may take years for the angiomas to finally disappear. For women who take oral contraceptives, stopping the intake of these drugs could stop the angiomas. The same thing is true with pregnant women, where angiomas are usually resolved after childbirth. For angiomas connected with liver disease, these spider-like lesions in the skin usually disappear after a liver transplant is performed.

If its spider angiomas on the face that seems to bother you, dermatological techniques such as electrodessication and laser treatment are very good options to remove the lesions. Although there are risks of tissue scarring, these operations are generally good and eventually benefit the patient. Also, spider angiomas are said to happen again even after their disappearance.

Again, spider angiomas are not necessarily fatal. They are either effects to several things just discussed above and should be treated accordingly. Consulting a doctor is even unnecessary at times because even if angiomas do happen to you, all you have to do is to look for the cause and deal with it.