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Fact or Fiction: Hemangiomas
by Staff
Hemangiomas can look startling -- they're those raised, bright-red birthmarks that babies sometimes develop. But fear not if you see one on your own child -- they're painless, not contagious, and they'll eventually go away. Take this quiz to learn some more about hemangiomas.

There are three kinds of birthmarks: red, pigmented and scaly.

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  • almost fact: That's correct -- minus the scaly.

A hemangioma's red color is caused by a skin fungus.

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  • almost fact: It's actually bacteria.

There are two kinds of hemangioma: cherry and cavernous.

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  • almost fact: Try strawberry and cavernous.

About one in every 50 babies will develop a hemangioma.

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  • almost fact: It's more like one in 100.

Hemangiomas are inherited.

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  • almost fact: They are inherited, but they tend to skip a generation.

Hemangiomas are always present at birth.

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  • almost fact: Some are present at birth, and some develop later.

Dark-skinned boys are the group most likely to develop hemangiomas.

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  • almost fact: It's fair-skinned boys.

If your child has a strawberry hemangioma, it will probably disappear by the time he or she is about 9 years old.

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  • almost fact: That's with treatment -- otherwise, the hemangioma could hang around until age 15 or so.

Hemangiomas on the nose are the least likely to totally disappear.

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  • almost fact: Ear hemangiomas are the ones that sometimes linger.

There is no treatment for hemangiomas -- you just have to wait for them to go away.

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  • almost fact: They can be treated, but it's generally only for unusual cases.