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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.
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.
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.
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?
if you only have one, unless it is very large and raised I should not worry about it. 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.