Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Birthmarks are blemishes on the skin that are mostly harmless. Many go away on their own. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about birthmarks in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Birthmarks range from hardly noticeable to disfiguring. They can be flat or raised, have regular or irregular borders, and have different shades of coloring.

Birthmarks are typically harmless and many even go away or shrink over time. Sometimes birthmarks are associated with specific diseases, so your childs doctor should examine all birthmarks.

Birthmarks cant be prevented and theyre not caused by anything done or not done during pregnancy. The cause of most is unknown.

The two main types of birthmarks are red, vascular birthmarks and pigmented birthmarks. Vascular birthmarks happen when blood vessels dont form correctly either there are too many of them or theyre wider than usual and get tangled together. Pigmented birthmarks are caused by an overgrowth of the cells that create pigment in skin.

A doctor should evaluate a birthmark when it first appears to determine its type and what kind of monitoring and treatment is needed, if any. There are techniques to remove or reduce birthmarks that are cosmetically bothersome.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.