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Salmon patches fade and have no associated problems. The majority of strawberry hemangiomas eventually disappear with no associated problems, although approximately 10% of people affected are left with minor skin changes. Laser therapy can remove most port-wine stains with minimal scarring or discoloration. For hemangiomas involving vital organs and port-wine stains associated with other abnormalities, the outlook varies. For the best outcome, seek early evaluation and treatment by an experienced doctor.

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