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Are There Certain Things That Make Getting Phlebitis More Likely
Yes, but uncommon : Usually, people get phlebitis because they have a thrombus first. It is possible to get an inflammation (itis) of the vein wall (phleb) without a preceeding clot if the vein is injured from some other reason. One of the most common things that causes phlebitis without getting a clot is to have an iv. The only way to know whether you have a clot or not, though, is to get an ultrasound. ...Read more
Very unusual: If you a a guy and you have redness, swelling, pain, and/or warmth of the genitals, it is far more likely that you have infection/inflammation of the structures in your scrotum other than your veins. If you are a woman, it is possible to get phlebitis of the veins in your pelvis, but it is rare. Externally, the veins can casue pain if they are enlarged, but phlebitis would be very rare. ...Read more
I dropped a can of vegetables onto my foot where there are arteries. As a healthy adult, can I get phlebitis and a blood clot that can travel in body?
Phleb-oy-tis??: Only if it was a can of Manischewitz gifilte fish. Otherwise,you're in the clear.Yes, there are superficial arteries there, but only veins can get"phlebitis,"which is unlikely to begin with, but even if one got inflamed and developed a small clot, it being superficial (like the artery), there would be no way for it to get into the deep veins & travel "up the body"(like, into the lungs). L'chayim!! ...Read more
An inflamed vein: As dr. Woodworth said, phlebitis is an inflamed vein. These can usually be treated with anti-inflammatory medicine, compression, and ice and/or heat. The problem is that the inflammation is often caused by a thrombus (clot) and the only way to know that a clot is present or not is to have an ultrasound. Although treatment might not change with a clot present, a different treatment is possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Phlebitis is inflammation in a vein usually caused by a clot (thrombophlebitis). These will resolve and the pain will go away. Sometimes the clot will destroy the vein permanently but in general this si not a significant problem unless it is in the deep veins. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Phlebitis: As dr. Akl said, phlebitis simply means inflammation of a vein. Generally phlebitis is something that will go away on its own but taking anti-inflammatory medicine and using warm and/or cold compresses, along with compression, helps. Now the issue is, do you just have phlebitis or is there more going on than that? If there is a clot in there you need to know it. As dr. Bein said, see your md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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