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What causes swollen blood vessels behind your eye?

What causes swollen blood vessels behind your eye?

Need further testing: There could be several causes for swollen blood vessels in the retina, but you would need further workup. ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more


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I have swollen blood vessels when hands are hanging, if I hold them above the chest level, they look normal.Is it normal?

I have swollen blood vessels when  hands are hanging, if I hold them above  the chest level, they look normal.Is it normal?

Probably: Blood pumped by the heart goes to the hand in arteries and comes back in the veins, which have no pump. Veins have a thin wall and are easily distended. Gravity pulls the blood down, distending the veins. Lifting the arms pulls blood back to the heart and the veins shrink. Further tests would be needed if arm elevation did not empty the veins. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough, can't swallow, and swollen blood vessels in my head. Should i be seen?

I have a bad cough, can't swallow, and swollen blood vessels in my head. Should i be seen?

Cough, can't swallow: When in doubt see your doctor. If you are concerned, or your symptoms are not improving or you are feeling worse, then it's best to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does swollen blood vessel in nose cause breathing problems?

Why does swollen blood vessel in nose cause breathing problems?

Breathing problem: Swollen blood vessels don't cause difficulty breathing but rather the mucosa (lining) that swells up narrows the nasal passages. Swelling of the mucosa is caused by engorged blood vessels as a result of inflammation either infectious (colds) or allergic. ...Read more

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Having had loose stool for several days, the anal region is now inflamed & it would appear that there is swollen blood vessel? Is this hemorrhoids?

Having had loose stool for several days, the anal region is now inflamed & it would appear that there is swollen blood vessel? Is this hemorrhoids?

A hemorrhoid: is basically a swollen VEIN (thus is a blood vessel) You really should have an in person examination for EXACT diagnosis ind treatment...in the meantime SITZ baths (siting in a partially filled tub of warm-hot (NOT BURNING) water may be very helpful!
Hope this helps!
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21 mo old has a small bump on back of head, close to bottom of hair line, under skin. Feels like a swollen blood vessel, soft, but doesn't seem to bother her when we gently touch it. No discoloration. We just noticed it when my hand brushed over it.

21 mo old has a small bump on back of head, close to bottom of hair line, under skin. Feels like a swollen blood vessel, soft, but doesn't seem to bother her when we gently touch it. No discoloration. We just noticed it when my hand brushed over it.

Likely lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter (pea sized) and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size.What you describe is normal.If concerned review this with the kids doc. ...Read more

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My aunt has swollen ankles and hands blood vessels have broken on her chest and her eyes look yellow ? Any ideas?

My aunt has swollen ankles and hands blood vessels have broken on her chest and her eyes look yellow ? Any  ideas?

Liver disease?: It is hard to say without more information and a physical examination but sounds consistent with a condition of the liver causing jaundice. Have her see her primary care doctor to get examined, a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I've had a nonproductive dry cough for 2 mos w/o a sore throat or fever.Lymph nodes are swollen aswell as blood vessels under tongue. Cause for concern?

I've had a nonproductive dry cough for 2 mos w/o a sore throat or fever.Lymph nodes are swollen aswell as blood vessels under tongue. Cause for concern?

Needs a look: A lot of people have non-productive coughs this time of year but adding in the other symptoms makes it worthwhile to see you doctor for a look. If you are a smoker, you should be in your doctor's office now! it is much better to have someone tell you it will go away than ask you why weren't you in here sooner! ...Read more

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Took half a amlitripline an it caused water retetnion which causes dizziness with me my blood vessels feel swollen everywhere ?

Took half a amlitripline an it caused water retetnion which causes dizziness with me my blood vessels feel swollen everywhere ?

Your blood vessels: are not "swollen everywhere;" if they were, you wouldn't be online, you'd be near death. Was that your question? I can't find any other questions in your post. ...Read more

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I have a little red dot right next to my cornea with blood vessels stretching out from it. Not many symptoms. Sometimes ichy. Was swollen, but briefly?

I have a little red dot right next to my cornea with blood vessels stretching out from it. Not many symptoms. Sometimes ichy. Was swollen, but briefly?

Pingueculum : An exam would be helpful. A visual is worth a thousand words. It could be a pingueculum, a phlectenule, vascular tumor(angioma), nevus, teratoma, dermoid, granuloma, papilloma, conjunctival neoplasm. Lots of possibilities an for reassurance, see an eye md for an exam. ...Read more

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After i had sex, during which i used a penis ring, my penis became swollen and discolored plus i can see broken blood vessels what do I do?

After i had sex, during which i used a penis ring, my penis became swollen and discolored plus i can see broken blood vessels what do I do?

See answer: If having no significant pain, likely just a rupture of a superficial blood vessel(s) and local ice pack, avoiding erections/intercourse, and observation may be all that you need. May take couple of weeks for discoloration to completely resolve. If you are having pain, swelling is worsening, bleeding from meatus, or are concerned, you should either go to the er or see a urologist within 24 hrs. ...Read more

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My ankle got hit and now it is a little swollen, i can walk but there is some pain and, there is broken blood vessels on my ankle bone.What is it?

My ankle got hit and now it is a little swollen, i can walk but there is some pain and, there is broken blood vessels on my ankle bone.What is it?

See a Doctor.: You need to make an appt with a podiatrist or orthopaedist. An x-ray will probably be ordered. You should apply ice 20min on 20 min off for the first 48 hrs, and rest the affected ankle. ...Read more

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Are their any blood vessels near the tragus part of the ear? I feel a swollen lump in that area could it be an anurysm?

Are their any blood vessels near the tragus part of the ear? I feel a swollen lump in that area could it be an anurysm?

Not likely: You are probably feeling a swollen lymph node. If you are sick it is related. If you are not and it hasn't gone down you should be checked out. While of course there are blood vessels there. It is quite unlikely that you have an aneurysm. You doctor's examination will help figure it out. ...Read more

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Has a cluster of blood vessels/hemangioma which looks like a bump/swollen above the left eye, where do I get this treated?

Eye doc: See your ophthalmologist. If this doctor feels unconfortable removing it, you may be referred to an oculoplastic specialist. ...Read more

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Should i seek medical attention? My left leg and foot is so swollen, i can't move my toes. Also has what seems to be a rash that looks like broken blood vessels. My leg is also red and warm to the touch

Should i seek medical attention? My left leg and foot is so swollen, i can't move my toes. Also has what seems to be a rash that looks like broken blood vessels. My leg is also red and warm to the touch

Cellulitis: What you are describing may be either cellulitis (which is an infection of the skin), or DVT (clot in the veins), either of these require urgent treatment and you should go to the emergency room as soon as possible. If cellulitis, then the treatment is antibiotics and local care. If dvt, then the treatment is blood thinners. The er can make the diagnosis and begin treatment. ...Read more

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Pain in left hand, arm past the elbow, swollen blood veins, what to do?

Pain in left hand, arm past the elbow, swollen blood veins, what to do?

If it is symmetrical: it is just U. Especially if thin & somewhat muscular. No worries. If only 1 side, have it evaled. ...Read more

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I'm 20 years old. I'm on birthcontrol and have been on it for years. I have varicose veins. If i had a blood clot, would majority of my leg be swollen or red?

I'm 20 years old. I'm on birthcontrol and have been on it for years. I have varicose veins. If i had a blood clot, would majority of my leg be swollen or red?

Swelling sometimes: You are female, 20 years old and have vericose veins. You are taking birth control pills and are concerned about deep vein thrombosis (dvt). If you have a DVT sometimes the leg gets swollen and/or may become tender. Your doctor can order a noninvasive test to look at the deep veins of the legs for a dvt. Vericose vein are in the superficial veins so are not dvt. ...Read more

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Bad blood draw yesterday (venipuncture/8vials).Immediately:red/blue, v.swollen&painful.Now:flat,hard lump,bruise.Do ruptured veins heal?Just a leak?

Bad blood draw yesterday (venipuncture/8vials).Immediately:red/blue, v.swollen&painful.Now:flat,hard lump,bruise.Do ruptured veins heal?Just a leak?

Hematoma: The venipuncture for blood draw leaked and caused a hematoma outside of the vein or in the vein wall or both and this will heal in most cases without any consequences. I recommend ice in the first 2 days, several times a day (15 min each time) and switch to topical heat on day 3-4 and take ibuprofen as tolerated. ...Read more

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Woke up with red spots on lower legs, have varicose veins, swollen ankles, and take high blood pressure meds?

Woke up with red spots on lower legs, have varicose veins, swollen ankles, and take high blood pressure meds?

Need to be examined: With your history we can not tell you what caused the red spots and it needs to be examined by your doctor so make an appointment and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does blood vessels swell in the brain? What causes this?

Why does blood vessels swell in the brain? What causes this?

Swell?: If we find a swollen blood vessel, it is either due to aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation. Blood vessels may dilate minimally due to increased acidic reaction associated with carbon dioxide increases, or metabolic issues, and of course, caliber varies due to blood pressure, relative hypoxia, and even migraine. Inflammatory arteritis more usually causes narrowing. ...Read more

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Could cardiac pain ever cause the fingers on the left hand to swell up, stiffen, turn blotchy and cold? Or does that indicate compressed nerves/blood vessels?

Could cardiac pain ever cause the fingers on the left hand to swell up, stiffen, turn blotchy and cold? Or does that indicate compressed nerves/blood vessels?

At your age I doubt : You have coronary artery disease. Why an 2d echo and holter test? Symptoms not specific for a heart problem. If is only at your left hand i will r/o carpal tunnel syndrome. A good history and physical also for the possibility of arterial and venous insufficiency. ...Read more

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Could blood vessels repair themselves?

Could blood vessels repair themselves?

Yes: The vessels are remodeling all of the time. However if you are talking about a vessel that has an aneurysm or clogged with plaque then no they can not heal those lesions and a surgical correction is required. ...Read more

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What drugs target tumor blood vessels?

What drugs target tumor blood vessels?

Avastin (bevacizumab): Drugs have been developed that antagonize vascular endothelial growth factors or receptors for such growth factors. ...Read more

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How does morphine affect blood vessels?

How does morphine affect blood vessels?

Dilates: Morphine is a smooth muscle relaxant and dialates blood vessels. Also releasing some histamine which also relaxes blood vessels ...Read more

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What tissues are found in blood vessels?

What tissues are found in blood vessels?

Blood,A fluid tissue: Blood has the cellular elements and plasma . The cells are 3 types called red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The liquid portion in which these cellular elements are suspended is called plasma which is rich in proteins called plasma proteins - including albumin, globulins, and in additon have the special clotting related proteins -clotting factors i to xiii. ...Read more

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Can you die from inflammed blood vessels?

Big topic: Many types of inflamed blood vessels: thrombophlebitis is is usually hard, inflamed superficial blood vessels in the leg veins. Usually patients have underlying medical condition of their veins called venous insufficiency or reflux. Need to see phlebology dr. www.phlebology.org do ultrasound scan now.. This can lead to deep vein clot which is dangerous. Use ice, ibuprofen, compression, walking. ...Read more

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Can tubercolisis widen your blood vessels?

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Can tubercolisis widen your blood vessels?

Unlikely: Tuberculosis results from mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterium. It enters and travels through blood vessels but it does not widen blood vessels. Its destination and residence is in organs, such as the lungs, lymph nodes, bones and joints, skin, intestines, genital organs, kidneys, and bladder. ...Read more

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Are broken blood vessels caused from running?

Are broken blood vessels caused from running?

Possibly: If the running is very traumatic say through obstacles courses or your are pounding pavement in poorly cushioned shoes , ie military recruits running on hard pavement in boots, then they it can cause broken blood vessels. If you are in well cushioned shoes on reasonable terrain you should have anything to worry about. ...Read more

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Do corticosteroids make the blood vessels harder?

Do corticosteroids make the blood vessels harder?

See below: Anabolic steroid used in excess can cause hardening of the arteries and lead to big problems later with circulation and potential clogging in the coronary arteries leading to heart attacks. As for regular, non-anabolic steroids like that used to reduce inflammation, these have a lot of long term affects if used for prolonged periods but hardening of the arteries I do not believe is involved. ...Read more

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What looks like burst blood vessels on shoulders?

What looks like burst blood vessels on shoulders?

Spider veins?: The most common burst vessel are telangiectasia or "spider veins". They are caused by sun damage and trauma. ...Read more

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What would cause boken blood vessels in a toddler?

See a pediatrician: The most common reason is trauma but it if there no obvious explanation such as a fall etc consult a pediatrician. ...Read more

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What's the inside lining of the blood vessels like?

What's the inside lining of the blood vessels like?

Endothelium: Blood vessels are lined by endothelial cells. These are thin flattened large cells that are metabolically active. The electrical charge on the endothelial cells and blood cells keeps them apart. ...Read more

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How does the acetylcholine affect the blood vessels?

How does the acetylcholine affect the blood vessels?

ACH effect on BV: M3 muscarinic ach receptors are located in smooth muscles of blood vessels. Because they're gq-coupled & mediate increase in intracellular calcium, they typically cause contraction of smooth muscle (as in bronchi). But activation of m3 on vascular endothelial cells causes increased synthesis of nitric oxide, which diffuses to adjacent vascular smooth muscle cells and causes their relaxation. ...Read more