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Port-wine stain

Having a wine stain can also have psychological consequences
Port-wine stain

A port-wine stain is a red stain that is present from birth.

The stain is in the skin (not on it) and is actually a dilation of the capillaries in the skin on that spot. In the beginning, it is light red and later it is somewhat darker. Sometimes starting from puberty it is purple-red. A port-wine stain won’t hurt but it can cause psychological problems. Treatment maybe with a laser, generally starting from the age of 8-11 years.

(The FAQ’s booklet is produced by the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation USA).

A well-known person with a port-wine stain is Mikhail Gorbachev (former president of Russia).