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What would cause one of my neck vein/arteries to always stick out of the skin? Male 20 yrs old sore throat/ mucus lately with swollen glands in neck.

What would cause one of my neck vein/arteries to always stick out of the skin? Male 20 yrs old sore throat/ mucus lately with swollen glands in neck.

Neck Veins: If the vein sticking out is long term, that's your normal
Occ neck veins get inflamed due to head and neck infections, but you would then be very sick ...Read more

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What causes narrowing of neck veins?

What causes narrowing of neck veins?

Neck Vein Narrowing: If you are referring to pathological narrowing, it can be the result of previous clots damaging the vein, prior catheter placement in the neck vein damaging the vein as the result of scar tissue, or because of a prior phlebitis. Non-pathological visible "collapse" of the neck veins seen externally on the skin can be caused by dehydration or certain positions (veins collapse when lying down). ...Read more

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Lying flat should neck veins normally be flat or destended?

It depends : There are multiple factors that go into neck veins pressure.Your position whether you are lying flat , the position of the bed you are lying on whether it is flat, whether you are relaxed , if you bear down or valsalva that will distend your neck veins. Other medical factors influence this as well, but yes your vein should be flat if all of the other things are optimized to keep them flat. ...Read more

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My neck veins are protruding why?

My neck veins are protruding why?

Normal: Neck veins distend when we lie with our head lower than our heart or when we strain. With straining, the pressure within the chest increases and the blood flow through the neck veins decrease resulting in them enlarging.When straining is stopped, the pressure in the chest decreases and flow continues through the neck veins so they become less engorged. ...Read more

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Why are my neck veins bulging lol?

Why are my neck veins bulging lol?

Increased pressure: The act of lol results in a valsalva maneuver, where holding of the breath causes increase in the chest pressure. This pressure acts upon the veins in the chest, and is pushed upwards to the head and neck area, resulting in bulging veins. This is a normal situation, so keep on lol; it's good for you. ...Read more

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All of my neck veins on both sides are showing even when just standing. Very prevalent in mirror. On left side there is a very visible pulse, causes ?

All of my neck veins on both sides are showing even when just standing. Very prevalent in mirror. On left side there is a very visible pulse, causes ?

Veins: More information is needed. May be best to person a virtual consult to better help you. At your age it doesn't sound too concerning ...Read more

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Sudden bulging of neck veins with headache ?

Sudden bulging of neck veins with headache ?

SVC syndrome: Until proved otherwise, the superior vena cava is blocked. Get with your physician now. ...Read more

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Why my neck veins feel dry? Like poor circulation.. How to improve veins/circulation?

Why my neck veins feel dry? Like  poor circulation.. How to improve veins/circulation?

Normal: By dry I am assuming you mean empty. If you don't notice any bulging neck veins while standing up, that is pretty normal. You may see more bulging while lying down or especially if you are upside down. We look at neck veins to see if someone is fluid overloaded. This is not a very accurate/sensitive test. If you feel you are dehydrated, drink more fluids. ...Read more

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What are the possible conditions when the neck is enlarged than the past and both neck veins are prominent even when im not in strain?

What are the possible conditions when the neck is enlarged than the past and both neck veins are prominent even when im not in strain?

Multiple vein : Enlargement of neck veins can result from benign or serious problems. Physician review is a must. Veins become prominent due to pressure/distension. Sometimes the veins appear enlarged because the patient has limited body fat, like seen in thin singers. Distended neck veins can also be a sign of heart/valve problems, thyroid enlargement and blockage of major veins in the base of the neck or chest. ...Read more

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Throbbing sensation in both sides of neck, scared its like clogged neck veins. Keep feeling like i'm going to pass out. I have bad anxiety, is it that?

Throbbing sensation in both sides of neck, scared its like clogged neck veins. Keep feeling like i'm going to pass out. I have bad anxiety, is it that?

The only way to: Know for sure it to see you doc who may order some tests to be certain. Looks like you are getting your anxiety treated. Hope your doc will teach you some strategies for managing it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've noticed my neck veins have become engorged, is this a sign of pulmonary hypertension

I've noticed my neck veins have become engorged, is this a sign of pulmonary hypertension

Can be: It can be but problems with the left side of the heart are far more common and need to be ruled out first with testing and an exam and medical history. Some engorgement can be normal when you're lying flat but would be abnormal if relaxed and sitting upright. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has very prominent bilat neck veins, constant, not just when crying/exercising. Fit & well. Nuchal fold 4.7 in utero but normal foetal echo?

My 3yr old has very prominent bilat neck veins, constant, not just when crying/exercising. Fit & well. Nuchal fold 4.7 in utero but normal foetal echo?

Careful cardiac exam: What you describe CAN be perfectly normal but to be sure please take your son to the pediatrician and point the veins out. If he were my patient I would be performing a thorough cardiac exam and possibly ordering an echocardiogram to look for any condition that might be causing pulmonary hypertension ...Read more

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Is it normal to see your neck veins/ pulse pulsing slightly never feel it but see it in mirror close up have mild aortic regurgitation?

Is it normal to see your neck veins/ pulse pulsing  slightly never feel it but see it in mirror close up have mild aortic regurgitation?

Carotid artery: If you are in an upright position, you are seeing the pulsation of your carotid artery since the jugular venous pulse would be below the level of your clavicle (and invisible) when you are sitting up or standing. It is normal to see the carotid, especially in thin and/or muscular people. You must be fit! AR does accentuate it as well. ...Read more

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Hard movable bumpy groin lump? With enlarged lymphnodes in both grown and neck. Some weightloss and swollen neck veins? Could it be cancer ?

Get seen by a doc : Given the lymph node enlargement both in the groin and neck you need to be seen ASAP. Some bacterial infections can cause this. Get seen right away. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My neck veins bulge a lot when i talk, laugh, lie down, or sometimes stand upright. Is this related to heart palpitations or how my neck veins twitch?

My neck veins bulge a lot when i talk, laugh, lie down, or sometimes stand upright. Is this related to heart palpitations or how my neck veins twitch?

Normal variant: As long as you have normal blood pressure and no prior cardiac history, this is most likely a normal variant. If you are having palpitations, make sure you get that checked, that should be unrelated to prominent neck veins. ...Read more

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The vein in the left side of my neck sticks out. Should i be concerned?

The vein in the left side of my neck sticks out. Should i be concerned?

Maybe: Veins in the neck can be prominent for many normal or abnormal reasons. You should show your doctor who can put this in context with a physical exam. ...Read more

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Lump on right neck vein on the side, both sides I can feel it but the one on the right is sticking out and twice the size, help? No pain

Picture would help: More likely to stick out and be different in size is a lymph node. A lymph node does not have to hurt to stick out. A picture of what you are seeing would be helpful. As your finding is unclear you should follow up with a doctor. Lymph nodes enlarged and not present before are indicative of allergy, infection, or other going on in the head or neck area ...Read more

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Why does the vein in your neck stick out when you get older?

Why does the vein in your neck stick out when you get older?

Visible Neck Veins : Veins in the neck can be enlarged or distended for many reasons. Some reasons benign and some secondary to more ominous problems. Loss of facial fat and thinning of the skin can make veins appear more prominent. Distal obstruction or heart pump failure can make veins appear enlarged or distended. Singers can have enlarged veins due to being pumped up like muscle builders. See your vein physician. ...Read more

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The vein on the left side of my neck looks large and sticks out more than my right is that something to worry about? I just noticed it now I'm scared

The vein on the left side of my neck looks large and sticks out more than my right is that something to worry about? I just noticed it now I'm scared

Stop worrying: Unlikely to be of significance. The veins can appear different depending on position of head etc. It would be a rare medical condition that would cause a difference in an otherwise healthy 23 year old female. Stop worrying. ...Read more

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Pain in back of neck and swollen gland something feels sticking out in back of neck like a vein?

Someone needs a look: Usually painful swelling in neck is a lymph node responding to an infection, possibly a pimple or sore on the scalp. You will probably feel better putting a bit of heat on it but don't mess with it too much or it could get worse. If it doesn't get better after a few days, see someone. ...Read more

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Hello the veins on the right side of my neck are really visible and it looks sickly. It happens when I smile, and my forehead vein sticks out. Help!?

Dear Miss Veiny: I am sorry that your Right Jugular vein is looking sickly today and your forehead is bulging. Some people are born with conspicuous veins that appear through the skin. In some cultures a sign of beauty. Shift your gaze, tilt your neck and admire the beauty of your visible circulation. ...Read more

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Why would I see the vein sticking out only on left side of neck?Normal EKG,stress test and echocardiogram in Feb.and normal u/s of carotids in April.

Why would I see the vein sticking out only on left side of neck?Normal EKG,stress test and echocardiogram in Feb.and normal u/s of carotids in April.

It can be: normal to have asymmetry in size of the jugular veins. However, if this represents a change from your normal appearance, see your doctor, because it could be a sign of obstructed venous flow. This would be very unlikely if you have no other symptoms, however. ...Read more

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Hi when I smile I notice that veins stick out at my neck, I haven't noticed this before. I have a sinus infection, is this normal? Or not

Hi when I smile I notice that veins stick out at my neck, I haven't noticed this before. I have a sinus infection, is this normal? Or not

Probably normal: if you only see it a certain times. People who talk can notice the veins stick out on the neck towards the end of their sentence. Also those that are angry or holding their breath. If you other wise feel well this is not something to worry about ...Read more