A 29-year-old male asked:
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are arteries or veins near the surface of the skin? how can you tell which one it is? i have one near my left temple.

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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
51 years experience General Practice
Artery pulsates: Veins i assumes close to the skin surface.
Answered on Oct 22, 2018
Dr. Paul Skudder
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
Some near surface: Near your temple you may have either a visible vein (blue-gray-purple hue, not pulsating) or a visible artery (firm, pulsating). Neither of these is abnormal and neither means you need any form of medical or surgical treatment. The artery in this area is known as the "temporal artery." It is not unusual for it to be visible, especially if you are relatively slender. Hope this helps!
Answered on Nov 4, 2018
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