If you have these types of red dots on your body, you have probably ever wondered what causes their appearance or if they are dangerous to your health.
The truth is that the vast majority of people have some type of mark on their skin, pimples, moles, stretch marks, etc.; Some of these marks are natural and not a problem, but in some cases they are cause for concern.
At this point, you are surely wondering if you should see a doctor immediately or if you can continue with your normal life and live with those characteristic red dots.
What exactly are these red dots?
These red dots usually appear on the chest and arms area and, according to experts, are known as the “ruby point”. They are very common in people over 40 years of age, although they can also appear during adolescence.
These are small capillary dilations that occur due to failures in the vascular system. They can be scattered around the body or concentrated in a specific area, in which case, they could be small benign tumors.
Are they red polka dots?
There are people who, due to their shape and size, often confuse these red dots with moles, but the truth is that they are very different lesions. In fact, it is very rare for a mole to be that color.
According to Ramón Grimalt, dermatologist and professor at the University of Barcelona, ”it is a mark of skin aging not related to the sun and that has a very clear family component.”
Scientifically, this pathology is called acquired capillary angioma and, if the father or the mother have many red dots, it is very possible that the children also inherit them and they will appear when they reach their forties.
They are dangerous?
Unlike moles, these little dots are not cancerous. Experts do recommend that we be very attentive to changes in the edges, size or shape that occur in our moles, but these types of points can be resolved with natural remedies or with a small surgical intervention.