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My daughter has several spider looking veins all over her face and arms. She started developing them at about one year old. She is currently seven and the broken blood vessels seem to have gotten worse. What can I do about them? She is constantly asked by teachers and friends what the problem is.
    
Up to 50 percent of normal children will have one or more of these "spider spots" at one time in their life. They are nothing more than dilated small blood vessels that produce a spider-web appearance on the skin. Known medically as "spider angiomas," they have a small red dot in the middle from which radiates outwards delicate red lines. They are most often found on the face, hands, forearms and ears and are neither dangerous nor contagious. Placing your finger on the "spider spot" will make it temporarily disappear, but when the pressure is released the area quickly becomes visible again. Although in adults spider angiomas are associated with liver disease, in children their presence is of no medical significance. Treatment is generally not necessary since most lesions resolve on their own. For those that are cosmetically bothersome to the child, or more likely the parents, the lesions can be removed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. However, spider angiomas sometimes recur after treatment.

 

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