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Vascular Birthmark

Whilst often overlooked in the style stakes, one in three of us has a birthmark. Birthmarks come in a whole array of shapes, sizes, textures and colours, (fingers crossed that you’ll always be able to find shoes to match) so if yours looks different to your friends that’s probably because it is. Generally speaking birthmarks can be divided into two broad groups; vascular and pigmented. Birthmarks can then be further sorted into a number of subgroups before falling under specific classifications. Remembering all the different names isn’t important (or cool) but having an awareness of the various complications that can sometimes arise means you’ll know whether to be concerned should a change occur.

Vascular Birthmarks are generally present from birth and are caused by a problem with blood vessels in or under the skin that subsequently means they can be flat or raised. Colours can vary from pinks and reds to blues and can appear anywhere internally or externally but are most commonly found on the face and neck area. Haemangiomas are raised, usually red, marks on the skin that start out small and flat but may grow for up to a year; quite rapidly in the first few months. They normally fade in subsequent years and many will eventually vanish completely though some may leave visible stretch marks or deformations of the skin where the birthmark used to be. In rare cases if the birthmark is particularly large removal surgery or drug treatment can be considered. Vascular malformations are made up of small blood vessels, veins and arteries. Some types, such as a Salmon Patch will vanish in childhood whilst others like a Port Wine Stain are hormone sensitive and may flare up during puberty, pregnancy and the menopause. The majority are permanent and some will darken with time though may fade with laser treatment.

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I have a birthmark on the top of my head since birth I'm 25 now for the past year it's got really sore and scabby. Could this be dangerous?





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I went to the doctors a few weeks ago, and I have had this varicose vein since birth, they told me I had a clump of veins that have a raised it's baby blue with a purple spot beside it keeps me up at night and I anyone touches it I get a shooting pain any ideas





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I went to the doctors a few weeks ago, and I have had this varicose vein since birth, they told me I had a clump of veins that have a raised it's baby blue with a purple spot beside it keeps me up at night and I anyone touches it I get a shooting pain any ideas





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Hi I am 49years old I have really varacose viens in my left leg,I am on warfarin as I have had deep vien thrombosis so I am on it for life.i would like to find out if I can get anything to get rid of them , as I will not wear short legged trousers and I feel self conscious when I wear three quarter trousers I like to make sure they cover it up thank you





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Is there anywhere in northern Ireland that does this treatment?





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Hi my name is Rebecca, i and 18 and i have a birthmark which is brown/red located in between my vagina and anus. The reason i think its a birth mark is because its been their as long as i can remember. Its very embarrassing for me when i am receiving oral and it has got me really worried.





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Hi. I'm 14, I have a large birthmark on my right leg. I have had it since i was 3 weeks of age. It started off just on my ankle but has now grown to cover up to mid thigh . Having this birthmarks has lowered my confidence a lot, as I get teased about it. I go to school in mid summer wearing stockings as I'm scared people are looking at it. Depending on the weather it changes colours. It changes from light pinky brown to reds, purples and blues. The area on my leg in which the birthmark is. Is extremely sensitive. Any ideas on what could make it less noticeable and wether it will stop growing will be much appreciated.





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Im 21 an I have a white flat birth mark on my stomach and inner leg both white had them since i can remember. can they be removed at all? The one on my stomach makes me feel very self concious and i just want to get rid of it!! My mum has one in same place on her stomach but hers is brown not white like mine what can i do to get rid of it ??





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My 5mnth old daughter has a boney lump onher back between her shoulder blade and spine its redy purple and quite a hard lunp the consultant thinks it could be a birth mark but he's not a hundred percent can u give me any beta advice





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