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What are blood freckles?

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Blood freckles are also known as telangiectasias. This condition results in flat, red, freckle-like spots on the skin, especially on the trunk and hands.

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Telangiectasias are caused by blood vessels close to the surface of the skin becoming dilated. It can be related to conditions, such as scleroderma and rosacea. While these freckle-like spots are not dangerous in and of themselves, they can be a marker for more serious conditions and systemic issues, such as pulmonary arterial hypertension and CREST syndrome.

Once an official diagnosis has been made, the spots can be removed by a physician using a laser. Some people with telangiectasia also choose to just cover the spots with makeup.

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