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How can you treat phlebitis?

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Dr. Alan Kanter answered

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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.

Answered 7/14/2015

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Dr. Ted King answered

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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).

Answered 6/13/2014

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Dr. Ted King answered

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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.

Answered 12/9/2015

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