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The 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 common and does not pose a risk to he alth, however, if there is bleeding, a dermatologist should be consulted for a more accurate diagnosis.
The ruby nevus is a type of skin angioma, which usually appears in places of poor visualization, such as the scalp and back, but it can also be present on the trunk and face, although less frequently. It is the main skin disease in 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 that 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 they evolve slowly.
Normally there are no symptoms, but in some cases there may be bleeding if there is a blow to the region where the ruby nevus is located. Therefore, it is important to go to the dermatologist for a new analysis of the red spots on the skin.
Know how 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 the 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 throughout the body.
How to remove the ruby nevus
The treatment of ruby nevus is usually done for aesthetic purposes only, 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 electrical current is applied directly to the ruby nevus;
- Sclerotherapy, which is a technique in which a substance is injected into a blood vessel to eliminate it.
The type of treatment may vary according to the amount and location of the ruby nevus.
Home care options
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. Green apple has antioxidant properties, being able to delay skin aging and thus prevent the progression of ruby nevus. The green apple juice should 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, avoid being exposed to the sun for a long time, have a he althy diet and take baths with cold water to improve circulation.