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Hard, painful lumpy veins 2 weeks after IV steriods. Hurt very badly when they administered the steroid & the had to change IV sites. Is that normal?

Hard, painful lumpy veins 2 weeks after IV steriods. Hurt very badly when they administered the steroid & the had to change IV sites. Is that normal?

Not normal: After removal of an IV catheter, the vein should seal itself. Occasionally it may thrombose or clot, this process can be uncomfortable and is called phlebitis when it occurs in a superficial vein. The concern is for possible infection and progression of clot to a deep vein. Please have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins On Legs (Definition)

Varicose veins are bulging grape-like appearing veins which are most commonly seen on the legs. These are due to leaking(refluxing) valves usually in the saphenous system. Some causes include hereditary, pregnancy, trauma and aging. The gold standard of treatment is to have a venous reflux ultrasound to both diagnose and form a treatment plan. You should ...Read more


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If I sit for hours every day working, can my varicose veins get worse?

If I sit for hours every day working, can my varicose veins get worse?

No: Sitting in and of itself does not lead to venous insufficiency and subsequent varicose veins. Prolonged immobility may lead to venous stasis and formation of thrombus, which can damage vein valves. Unmoving for long periods such 8 hours without standing or moving the calf muscle, and additional risks such as obesity might be present to truly increase risk. Best to get up and walk around. ...Read more

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Treating Varicose Veins (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Wear support stockings
Daily
Get a venous ultrasound if you suffer from venous reflux
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What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Can you feel them blowing out?

What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Can you feel them blowing out?

Swelling, pain: Varicose veins may be painless, depending on their size and chonicity. If they thrombose they are typically painful and swollen. Early on they may itch and burn, and cause the sensation of fatigue and heaviness. Later they may bleed externally and untreated may lead to inflammatory changes that result in color changes and scarring of the skin and ulceration. ...Read more

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Can I use a sterile needle to pop the little spider veins on my face?

Can I use a sterile needle to pop the little spider veins on my face?

No: Some activities, such as putting up drywall or painting, may be a better outlet for someone with a diy attitude. Medical treatment is best handled by a board certified physician. Facial spider veins are typically easily treated with a specialized laser or ipl see your local phlebologist or dermatologist. Put the needle down and back away slowly. :). ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your legs, if possible
Daily
Ask your doctor if you have a genetic disposition to deep vein thrombosis
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What is deep vein thrombosis? How can a clot kill you?

What is deep vein thrombosis? How can a clot kill you?

Blockage in a vein: Clot or "solid blood" occurs when proteins change within the liquid blood. It can occur in the venous and/or the arterial circulation. Arterial clots can cause death by blocking vital arteries in the heart and or brain. Venous clots can cause death when they are large enough and travel to the lungs, as a pulmonary embolus, blocking the blood flow through the lungs. ...Read more

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After prolonged bedrest and delivery, I could feel like snakes on my calves. Discovered they were varicose veins popping up. Surgeon was mad I called.?

Common when pregnant: Varicose veins and venous insufficiency can be exacerbated by pregnancy. However, prolonged bedrest is a risk factor for developing a blood clot, which also may be present with varicose veins. It is appropriate to seek medical attention for new symptoms specifically when risk factors are present. ...Read more

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Why is unna's boot not recommended for wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients?

Why is unna's boot not recommended for wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients?

Yes: Unna boots can cause a slight decrease in circulation due to their constricting nature when placed. When patients are bedridden and wheelchair bound, they may have a decrease in circulation which may be additive to the unna boot constriction and cause ischemia to the lower extremity. ...Read more

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Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

Unlikely: There would have to be a grossly contaminated splinter with an aggressive invasive organism that could advance fast enough in someone who had not yet sought treatment to develop a necrotizing infection or gangrene, mandating amputation. ...Read more

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Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

Yes: Situational depression is common in patients recently diagnosed with life changing/threatening diseases such as renal failure or severe kidney disease. However please remember many patients continue with fulfilling lives while on dialysis. ...Read more

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What to do if you come upon a traumatic amputation in a car accident?

What to do if you come upon a traumatic amputation in a car accident?

Let me explain: The most important to do when face with traumatic amputation is to control the bleeding some way otherwise could bleed to death. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

NSAID ancompression : While compression stockings and anti-inflammatory medication is first line therapy in treatment, a complete evaluation for risk factors and an ultrasound duplex should be performed to evaluate for proximity and or involvement of the deep veins. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the area you receive dialysis in gets physically hot?

What does it mean if the area you receive dialysis in gets physically hot?

Possible infection: The skin over an old dialysis graft or fistula should be be same temperature as the surrounding tissue. Redness, warmth are all signs of infection which is unfortunately common with av access. However, a recently placed graft may demonstrate inflamatory changes as the skin is reacting to the "foreign body". All of this should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Its now 6weeks since I have dvt. At first the pain was unforgiving , but i'm back at work, question how long will it take me to walk with out a limp?

Its now 6weeks since I have dvt. At first the pain was unforgiving , but i'm back at work, question  how long will it take me to walk with out a limp?

Leg pain: The pain that comes after a DVT is typically post phlebitis syndrome. You will benefit from compression therapy and then compression stockings. See a specialist that has a special interest in venous insufficiency. ...Read more

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What the heck is peripheral vascular disease really?

What the heck is peripheral vascular disease really?

Narrow arteries: Peripheral vascular or peripheral arterial disease refers to a pathologic process where the arteries are weakened damaged or blocked. This is typically caused by plaque build up which is exacerbated by diet and smoking. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Large Stomach Veins (Definition)

In normal veins, valves in the vein keep blood moving forward toward the heart. With varicose veins, the valves do not function properly, allowing blood to remain in the vein. Pooling of blood in a vein causes it to enlarge. This process usually occurs in the veins of the legs, although it may occur elsewhere. Varicose veins are ...Read more


Red Spider Veins (Definition)

Spider veins get their name because they have the appearance of tiny spider legs. They tend to be most common on the legs especially around the inner or outer thighs. They can either be red or blue in color depending on their size and location. For more information, you should ...Read more