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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.
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
Vein problem: Inflammation of a vein is phlebitis, and the causes are blood clot, chemical irritation as following intravenous medications, indwelling intravenous catheter, trauma, and infection. Presentation is with redness, cord-like feel of the involved veins, tenderness, swelling, heat.

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What causes phlebitis?

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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Clot: Inside a vein occludes blood flow and then inflammatory process starts leading to pain and swelling leading to phlebitis
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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