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how can you treat phlebitis?

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Dr. Alan Kanter
Phlebology 46 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.
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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).
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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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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 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.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How to treat and confirm if you have phlebitis?

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Dr. Douglas Joyce
Phlebology 40 years experience
Moist heat: Phlebitis is caused by a blood clot in one of the vein that lie just under the skin. The area is painful and often red and angry appearing. The treatment is moist heat and sometimes antibiotics if there is any sign of infection.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can someone do to treat phlebitis?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 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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