Ruby nevus, also called senile angioma or ruby angioma, is a red spot that appears on the skin in adulthood and that can increase in size and quantity with aging. It is quite frequent and does not represent a health risk, however, if there is bleeding, a dermatologist should be sought to make a more accurate diagnosis.
Ruby nevus is a type of skin angioma, which usually appears in places with little visualization, such as scalp and back, but which can also be present on the trunk and face, although less frequently. It is the main skin disease of the elderly and has no symptoms.
Treatment is usually done for aesthetic purposes and may be through laser or cryotherapy. The best way to prevent ruby nevus is to use sunscreen and avoid being exposed to the sun for a long time so that there is no premature aging of the skin, which favors the appearance of this red spot.
The ruby nevus appears initially as small, flat and red spots, but with aging, they can increase in size, reaching 5 mm, and have a bright red color. These spots do not regress, that is, they can only be removed with some type of treatment, and have a slow evolution.
There are usually no symptoms, but in some cases there may be bleeding if there is a blow to the ruby nevus region. Thus, it is important to go to the dermatologist to make a new analysis of the red pellets of the skin.
Learn to recognize the characteristics of other types of angioma.
What causes ruby nevus
It is not yet known what is the cause of the appearance of ruby nevus, but among the factors that may be related to its occurrence are skin aging, prolonged exposure to the sun and chemical compounds and stress. In addition, people who have diabetes are more likely to have ruby nevi and even more in the body.
How to remove ruby nevus
The treatment of ruby nevus is usually done only for aesthetic purposes, and can be done with:
- Laser , which promotes decreased blood flow in the vessel, eliminating the ruby nevus;
- Cryotherapy, in which a spray of liquid nitrogen is placed on the red spot;
- Electrocoagulation, an electric current is applied directly to the ruby nevus;
- Sclerotherapy , which is a technique in which a substance is injected into the blood vessel to eliminate it.
The type of treatment may vary according to the amount and location of the ruby nevus.
Home treatment options
The home treatment for ruby nevus can be done with castor oil or green apple juice. Castor oil is used to moisturize the skin and should be applied to the red spot once a day for 7 days. The green apple has antioxidant properties, being able to slow the aging of the skin and thus prevent the progression of ruby nevus. The juice of the green apple must be passed on the spot at least 3 times a day for 3 weeks.
To prevent other red spots from appearing on the skin, it is important to use sunscreen, to avoid being exposed to the sun for a long time, to have a healthy diet and to take baths with cold water to improve circulation.