Hemangioma is a birthmark most commonly found in newborn infants and children. They are benign tumors that may occur anywhere on the body and tend to recede over time. In most cases, hemangiomas are not dangerous.
Hemangioma appears as a red rubbery growth of extra blood vessels on the surface of the skin. There are a number of different forms of hemangioma, including strawberry, cavernous, port wine stains and salmon patches. In rare cases, hemangiomas may cause complications in infants if situated somewhere they interfere with vision, breathing or hearing.
Treatment of hemangioma may involve pulsed dye lasers, cosmetics, and medication. Given time, many hemangiomas will disappear on their own. Common drug classes used to treat hemangioma are beta blockers and corticosteroids.