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Hello! Can anybody tell me what exactly angiokeratomas are. I suspect I have them. Are they dangerous? Is there a way to remove them? Thx

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Angiokeratomas are small dark red to purple raised spots. They are composed of surface blood vessels. They may become crusty and bleed if accidentally scratched or damaged, and they could turn the colour to dark purple or black overnight. There are several types of angiokeratomas: sporadic angiokeratoma, angiokeratoma of fordyce, angiokeratoma circumscriptum and Fabry syndrome. Angiokeratomas are harmless surface vascular lesions that are usually be left alone. As the black spots sometimes resemble melanoma, a skin biopsy may be performed to rule out malignancy and allay any fears. If bleeding becomes a concern or treatment is requested for cosmetic purposes, they can be removed. Surgical options include excision, laser therapy, cryotherapy or electrocautery.
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