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Home surgery... cherry angioma

(17 Posts)
HowMuchDoWeNeed Mon 29-May-17 21:04:47

I have one on my shoulder.

Controversial I know, but t'internet has convinced me that cauterising it at home is totally easy and painless.

Anyone done it?

Badders123 Mon 29-May-17 21:17:10

Don't be a twat
Go to a Dr

PurpleDaisies Mon 29-May-17 21:18:21

Just don't.

The internet is full of people who have no medical training giving dangerous advice.

Wolfiefan Mon 29-May-17 21:19:34

Home and surgery. Two words that absolutely do not belong together.
Appropriate pain meds?
Someone (other than you) who is actually qualified to perform the procedure?
Fuck no.

MissSmiley Mon 29-May-17 21:20:34

Yes I have! Saw a YouTube video where you stick a pin in pencil rubber, heat up a pin head with a lighter and then quickly dab it on the red thing. There was a pop and bingo it had gone! I did four or five but a couple of them had to be done twice. It did smell of burning fresh though.

HowMuchDoWeNeed Mon 29-May-17 21:24:02

Yay MissSmiley - I knew someone would hear my plea!

Did it hurt? The ones that had to be done twice - do you mean they came back? Did the second time do the trick?

theconstantinoplegardener Mon 29-May-17 21:29:21

Please don't try cauterising your cherry angioma yourself. Firstly, you need to be sure that it is a cherry angioma rather than something more serious. Only a medical professional can do this - you can't diagnose yourself over the internet. GPs use specialised instruments such as dermascopes to view growths on the skin and if there is any doubt they will arrange for it to be surgically removed and analysed at the pathology laboratory of your local hospital. Secondly, if it is on your shoulder you probably wouldn't be able to see it properly whilst cauterising, or use both hands easily. Thirdly, you would risk severe pain, excessive bleeding, damage to surrounding body tissues, extensive scarring and infection.

If it's bothering you, have it assessed by your GP. Very often GPs run minor surgery sessions and moles etc can be removed safely and with excellent results by your GP who will have performed such procedures many times before.

HowMuchDoWeNeed Mon 29-May-17 21:31:48

theconstantinoplegardener will the GP just look at it and say "it's harmless" and refuse to remove it?

I have read other threads on here and people are talking about paying £150 to have them removed privately. I just won't be doing that, but I hate having it on my shoulder!

theconstantinoplegardener Mon 29-May-17 21:38:18

If its on your shoulder, doesn't it get rubbed by clothing, bra straps etc? That would certainly be a reason to remove it. But in my experience, GPs are usually fairly sympathetic about removing this sort of thing for you if it's bothering you.

MissSmiley Mon 29-May-17 21:42:14

Mine were on my boobs and were really small so about the same size as the pin head. The ones that needed doing twice just didn't disappear the first time so I did them again straight away. They just healed like tiny little burns would in about three days.
Could you do a before and after pic?

HowMuchDoWeNeed Mon 29-May-17 21:43:04

Good to know! Thank you!

"Very often GPs run minor surgery sessions and moles etc can be removed safely and with excellent results by your GP who will have performed such procedures many times before."

How do I find this out - call the surgery?

theconstantinoplegardener Tue 30-May-17 09:07:16

Yes, just call the surgery and ask if any of the GPs do minor surgery. Then make an appointment to see that doctor.

HowMuchDoWeNeed Tue 30-May-17 11:58:54

Thank you Constantinople

olliegarchy99 Tue 30-May-17 12:12:47

if you only have one, unless it is very large and raised I should not worry about it. hmm
I know they are worse with age but I have at least 20 or 30 (all small) over my body and every year (I am 70) they increase in number. My mother had lots too and she lived to 90 so they are usually in no way indicative of anything serious.
I suspect that, like moles, they are an inherited tendency and although I did check with the GP about them on a routine visit but I certainly do not feel they are serious enough to need treating unless they are in a vulnerable spot or are large or getting larger.
You could always pay to get them removed (do not try home surgery) if it bothers you but expect them to keep cropping up as you age.

theconstantinoplegardener Tue 30-May-17 15:20:14

Yes, good point Ollie. I was assuming the large, rounded type of cherry angioma, which does tend to catch on things and bleed. But if they are tiny and flat then they don't need to be treated.

HowMuchDoWeNeed Tue 30-May-17 15:49:07

Ollie I don't really understand your post.

Yes, it is raised. No, I don't think it is a symptom of something worse. Yes, it bothers me, because it is ugly, visible, and bleeds profusely when its surface is damaged.

I don't care if more will come in the future. I just want this one gone now.

theconstantinoplegardener Tue 30-May-17 18:10:23

Well, if it bleeds when it catches on things it probably should be removed and I'm sure your GP will be happy to do this! But definitely don't try to do it yourself.

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