What is a birth mark?
'Birth mark' is a term given to a large number of skin growths, lumps, bumps and discolorations that are present at birth or soon after birth. They may be due to disorders of the arteries, veins, or pigment cells, or may occasionally be part of an underlying syndrome.
Do birth marks disappear?
This very much depends on what the birth mark is - for example a strawberry nevus (hemangioma) usually disappears within the first few years of life, whilst a vascular malformation will persist and grow.
Are birth marks dangerous?
Usually no. There are a small number of skin growths, however, that may present in the young and can be dangerous or signify an underlying abnormality. For this reason, show any birthmarks you find on your child to your general practitioner to be certain.
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