A patient with a large facial spider angioma says to the nurse, "This thing is so ugly, why won't it go away?" How should the nurse respond?

"What do you know about spider angiomas and their treatment?"


• The nurse should first assess the patient's knowledge of her disease and the treatment options. Asking an open-ended question will give the patient a chance to explain her knowledge and concerns.

• Spider angioma is a form of telangiectasia, or dilated capillaries found on the skin. These lesions are benign and can be removed via laser treatment.

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