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please help! what is the meaning of phlebitis?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Pain and swelling.: There are 2 kinds of blood clots in the legs-superficial and deep. Superficial clots are called superficial phlebitis and present usually with pain, redness and tenderness on the surface of the skin around a visual vein or varicose vein. Deep phlebitis (DVT) usually presents with swelling, pain and tenderness of the medial thigh or posterior calf. Either way, you should see a vein specialist.
Dr. Albert Malvehy
Phlebology 21 years experience
Inflammation: Phlebitis means inflammation of the vein. This red, warm vein is painful and usually associated with a clot. The clot can be spontaneous in the lower leg or after an IV in the arm.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there certain things that make getting phlebitis more likely?

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Dr. David Rosen
Phlebology 22 years experience
Yes: While phlebitis can commonly be an isolated, benign phenomenon in patients with varicose veins, it can also be the "tip of the iceberg" of a significant occult process. Board-certified phlebologists are trained to identify clues in a patient's history that point to conditions such as hypercoagulable disorders and malignancies. Patients should seek expert medical attention for assessment/treatment.
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As Dr. Rosen said, proper assessment is essential.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

My doc says i've got phlebitis. What does this mean?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Blood clot: Blood clot within superficial vein. Can be treated with warm compresses for 10 minutes a few times a day. May take something like advil (ibuprofen) as directed for pain. If swelling gets worse need ultrasound to make sure no deep vein clot called dvt.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is phlebitis, and what causes it?

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Dr. Ted King
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Inflamed vein: Phlebitis means that you have an inflamed vein. Usually the vein becomes hard, the skin over it swells, turns red, feels warm and hurts. It is important to know whether you have a blood clot or not though. That takes getting an ultrasound. An injury can cause phlebitis, or geting your blood drawn, or having an iv. There are medical conditions that can cause you to get phlebitis too.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of having phlebitis?

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Dr. Ted King
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Pain: Phlebitis means that you have an inflamed vein. Usually the vein becomes hard, the skin over it swells, turns red, feels warm and hurts. It is important to know whether you have a blood clot or not though. That takes getting an ultrasound. If you have symptoms like that, you should see a doctor.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is phlebitis?

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Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 25 years experience
Inflamed vein: Typically a self limited inflamation of a vein. Aspirin and heat. If does not resolve in a day or two seek evaluation.

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