Also known as: stork bites, angel kisses
What are Salmon patches?
Salmon patches, often called stork bites or angel kisses, are common birthmarks seen in almost one-third of infants.
Salmon patches are often present at birth but can appear in the first months of life in some cases. Salmon patches are flat and pink patches usually seen on the forehead, eyelids, nose, upper lip, or back of the neck. Since they are a collection of blood vessels, salmon patches may become darker when the child cries or when room temperature changes dramatically.
Treatment for Salmon patches
Most salmon patches on the face go away within 18 months while some on the back of the neck may not go away.
If a salmon patch lasts longer than three years and you wish it to be removed, it may be treated with pulsed dye laser therapy.
This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 1:55:32 PM
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