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Why do blood vessels appear bluish or greenish under the skin?

Why do blood vessels appear bluish or greenish under the skin?

Veins are closer: Veins carry blood that has given up oxygen(and headed to the heart and lungs for more oxygen) and that blood is darker than oxygenated blood in the arteries which are deeper and less visible. ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

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


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Small, round blue spots under the skin--appear to follow blood vessels--disappear with pressure, return when pressure is relieved?

Small, round blue spots under the skin--appear to follow blood vessels--disappear with pressure, return when pressure is relieved?

Small blood vessels: This sounds like small little veins that are so small they just appear like blue spots. The key is that they disappear with pressure...This is called "blanching". ...Read more

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My doctor told me that I was bleeding under the skin of my penis(broken blood vessels) and should heal itself. Can I still masturbate before it heals?

My doctor told me that I was bleeding under the skin of my penis(broken blood vessels) and should heal itself. Can I still masturbate before it heals?

With caution: Bruising is likely indicative of overly vigorous sexual activity. The penis can be "broken" as a result of vigorous activity while the penis is erect which would be exceedingly painful and possibly inhibit future erectile function. ...Read more

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Blood vessels of the skin are only found in which layers of the skin?

Blood vessels of the skin are only found in which layers of the skin?

Except epidermis: Blood vessels are present in all layers of the skin, except the topmost layer, epidermis. You may consult this site for additional information. http://www.siumed.edu/~dking2/intro/skin.htm ...Read more

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I have broken blood vessels under my skin do they go away after a while or do I need to use a medication. i also would like to know what cause this?

Laser: "Broken" blood vessels are actually permanently dilated blood vessels often seen in sun-exposed skin or on the face in a condition called rosacea. They can be treated with an electric needle, laser or injection (sclerotherapy), all of which can be done by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are possible reasons for poor and uneven skin tone? I.e. darkly coloured skin (not due to exposure to the sun), blood vessels are faintly visible

What are possible reasons for poor and uneven skin tone? I.e. darkly coloured skin (not due to exposure to the sun), blood vessels are faintly visible

Melasma: Just noormal aging can cause our skin to be unevenly colored. The melanocytes that are deep in our skin, make their way to the top of our skin normally at the same speed, but as we begin to age, the pigment is carried by the cells at different times. There are chemical peels and other modalities that can help with these issues. :) ...Read more

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I have a red mark on my face that developed over a year ago, appears to be blood vessels visible and the skin pigment is light around red area. Ideas?

I have a red mark on my face that developed over a year ago, appears to be blood vessels visible and the skin pigment is light around red area. Ideas?

See a dermatologist: A persistent mark like you describe could be many things, including rosacea (a chronic inflammatory condition) to infection (such as a superficial fungal infection) to skin cancer. You should see a dermatologist for a closer inspection and a definitive diagnosis, that will determine what kind of treatment you will need. Good luck! ...Read more

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Noticed some red tiny dots on skin past year, are they blood vessels? Have never had them before, appearing on the sides of my upper arms

Noticed some red tiny dots on skin past year, are they blood vessels? 
Have never had them before, appearing on the sides of my upper arms

Need more details: Not all red dots are the same. Your doctor can ask important questions, look at them carefully and in light of all your known medical conditions and diagnose and advise or refer you. ...Read more