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Dr. Ted King
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Phlebitis (Definition)

Phlebitis refers to inflammation of a vein, usually due to small blood clots or chemical ...Read more


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Can you get phlebitis without having thrombosis?

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

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Can you get phlebitis on the genitals?

Can you get  phlebitis on the genitals?

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

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Is it common to get phlebitis from IV in the hand?

Is it common to get phlebitis from IV in the hand?

Can happen: Ivs whether in the hand or anywhere else need to be placed and maintained in a proper way and not used for longer than needed. Phlebitis or irritation or inflammation of a vein can certainly occur and can even result in infection. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is phlebitis?

What is phlebitis?

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 more

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What causes phlebitis?

Clot: Inside a vein occludes blood flow and then inflammatory process starts leading to pain and swelling leading to phlebitis ...Read more

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Is phlebitis permanent?

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 more

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How do I cure phlebitis?

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 more

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How can you treat phlebitis?

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 more

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