A member asked:

What causes red streaks up the arm where iv fluids were given?

7 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Jin Packard answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Lymphangitis: Lymphangitis is infection along lymphatic vessels, usually following skin trauma. It typically tracks from the site of injury toward the torso. It is likely that bacteria got into the IV site and caused a skin infection which develops into this condition. It's very important that you talk to your doctor and get this examined. If it is lymphangitis, you may need antibiotic treatment.

Answered 4/20/2018


Dr. Robert Wilson answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Various: Red streaks may be over your vein and be normal reaction to the IV, however they may also indicate an infection, best check it out with your primary care doctor. Especially so if you also have swelling, warmth, or pain.

Answered 10/26/2018



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