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How can you treat phlebitis?

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Dr. Alan Kanter
Phlebology 47 years experience
NSAID & compression: Most cases of phlebitis can be safely treated conservatively with compression hosiery, nsaids, cold packs, and walking. However, extensive phlebitis or phlebitis of certain veins sometimes requires anticoagulation or sugery. Duplex ultrasound is necessary first to rule out associated, and potentially more serious deep vein thrombosis.
Dr. Ted King
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Vein inflammation: Phlebitis literally means inflammation of a vein. This is manifecgted by redness, pain, heat, and swelling over the inflamed vein. As dr. Kanter said, it is critical that an ultrasound be done to make sure that you don't have a clot associated with the phlebitis. Superficial clots are not dangerous as long as they are not associated with a deep venous thrombosis (dvt).
Dr. Ted King
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Inflammation: The treatment of phlebitis is as described by dr. Kanter, as long as there isn't a clot that extends into the dee[ veins and causes a deep venous thrombosis. If there is a deep thrombosis, then anticoagulation (blood thinners) is needed.

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What can someone do to treat phlebitis?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 48 years experience
2 types of phlebitis: 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. Treatment time varies with each.
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What is phlebitis?

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Dr. Philip Woodworth
General Surgery 26 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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