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What is the treatment for phlebitis?

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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
Depends on area: Superficial phlebitis is treated with heat, anti-inflammatory agents, and tincture of time. Sometimes when infected, surgical excision is required. It is good practice to follow a patient with superficial phlebitis of the leg with repeat ultrasound. Deep venous thrombophlebitis is treated with anticoagulation, initially with heparin, lmwh, converting to coumadin (warfarin).
Dr. Ted King
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Treating phlebitis: Phlebitis is an inflamed vein. These can usually be treated with anti-inflammatory medicine, compression, and ice and/or heat. The problem is that the inflammation is often caused by a thrombus (clot) and the only way to know that a clot is present or not is to have an ultrasound. Although treatment might not change with a clot present, a different treatment is possible, as dr. Isobe said.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Phlebitis: If it is superficial usually local care is adequate unless the clot is close to the deep system Deep system clots are treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent possible pulmonary embolism All is decided by doing a venous Doppler sonogram
Dr. Robert Levine
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Anticoagulation: Interesting question because just had a patient who developed phlebitis two-weeks after a knee fracture. Her internist and i had a long discussion of whether to anticoagulant or do but in the end, she was admitted and started on oral anti-coagulation medications. In general the starting treatment will be ant-coagulation.
Dr. Lawrence Presant
Phlebology 41 years experience
Phlebitis?: The first consideration in phlebitis(inflammed vein, superficial) is which vein and where. A duplex ultrasound is essential. Next, what is patient status, ambulatory, sedentary, postoperative? Conservatively, compression, walking, anti- imflammatory rx is prescribed. Bear in mind, a small percentage could have a silent deep vein clot as well. In some cases, anticoagulants are given.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are treatment options to phlebitis?

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Dr. Lornell Hansen
Phlebology 27 years experience
Many Options: I assume you are talking about a superficial phlebitis of the legs. The best option is to wear graduated compression stockings, take and anti-inflammatory medication daily and use moist heat to the area. I do a lot of vein care and at times will start the patient on Prednisone and at times drain the clotted blood from the vein to speed up the healing process.
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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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