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A 22-year-old female asked:

what causes phlebitis?

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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Clot: Inside a vein occludes blood flow and then inflammatory process starts leading to pain and swelling leading to phlebitis
Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian
Phlebology 31 years experience
Phlebitis: Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein. itis means inflammation. Phleb means vein. Phlebitis can be from thrombosis (clot), also known as thrombophlebitis. Phlebitis can occur from injury, drugs (birth control pills), stasis or from thrombophilic disorders (genetic), among other causes.

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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 31-year-old member asked:

What is phlebitis, and what causes it?

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Dr. Ted King
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Inflamed vein: Phlebitis means that you have an inflamed vein. Usually the vein becomes hard, the skin over it swells, turns red, feels warm and hurts. It is important to know whether you have a blood clot or not though. That takes getting an ultrasound. An injury can cause phlebitis, or geting your blood drawn, or having an iv. There are medical conditions that can cause you to get phlebitis too.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can superficial phlebitis cause health problems?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Typically no: Usually not - this is a local reaction and usually resolves.
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.

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