Information About Port-wine stain

(also known as Nevus flammeus)

A port-wine stain is a birthmark that looks like maroon wine was spilled or splashed on the skin. Though they often start out looking pink at birth, port-wine stains tend to become darker (usually reddish-purple or dark red) as kids grow.

Port-wine stains can be anywhere on the body but most commonly are found on the face, neck, scalp, arms or legs. They can be any size, and usually grow in proportion with a child. They often change in texture over time. Early on, they're smooth and flat but they may thicken and feel like pebbles under the skin during adulthood.



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