how to treat superficial thrombophlebitis

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Dr. John Landi answered:

Any treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis?

Local care.

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Superficial phlebitis is a clot in a superficial vein. It is treated by local care with heat and NSAIDS. if the superficial thrombophlebitis is in the vicinity of a deep vein such as the saphenous vein near the groin, the treatment may require more than NSAIDS and heat. You should see a vein specialist for evaluation and recommendations for treatment.
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What is the treatment for thrombophlebitis?

Conservative treat

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The good news is that, while annoying, thrombophlebitis is not typically a dangerous problem, it is not the very serious DVT. It is treated by a regimen of conservative treatment, which includes high-dose NSAID's for 10-14 days, use of medical grade compression stockings, application of moist, hot compresses to the affected area, 3-time daily elevation of the limb, and daily exercise for 30 min.
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what is the best Treatment of thrombophlebitis?

Usually blood thinne

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If the clot only involves superficial veins, it can be tested with warm soaks and NSAID (motrin family). For deep vein clots blood thinners are the best treatment. Typically a type of heparin followed by coumadin. Length of treatment depends on why the clot happened and other medical conditions.
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Superfical thrombophlebitis or DVT-- can you die from it?

No and Yes

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Superficial thrombophlebitis is not a dangerous problem, and is rarely serious, and essentially never fatal. DVT, or Deep Vein Thrombosis, on the other hand, is a very serious condition, and can lead to what is known as Pulmonary Embolus, where a piece of clot breaks off and travels through the heart to the lungs. In this circumstance it is very dangerous, and can be fatal.
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Dr. Mark Rasak answered:

Superfical thrombophlebitis looks like what? can you die from it?

Color changes / pain

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Superficial thrombophlebitis can cause some of the changes and symptoms of DEEP vien thrombosis. Usually on physical exam and a good quality doppler it can be sorted out. DVT is the dangerous one and travel to lung as a pulmonary embolus. Superficial not life threatening.
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What is the definition or description of: Superficial thrombophlebitis?

Blood clot in leg

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superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot is a vein lying just under the skin where it can be seen and felt. It most often officers in the saphenous vein of the leg a part of the superficial venous system. It also occasionally occur in an arm vein. treatment usually is heat and anti-inflammatory drugs. Anticoagulants may be used if the vein is near the groin to prevent extension or embolus
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Clinical question regarding thromboemboli: Can they come from superficial thrombophlebitis?

Yes

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Most are from deep,veins. But some large, varicose veins can do also. Many with phlebitis, the small superficial,veins may just stick and resolve over time and not embolize.
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Dr. Jerry Light answered:

Does anybody know about a superficial thrombophlebitis and is it fatal?

Surface vein clot

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Superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot in a superficial vein, just below the surface of the skin. It is most common in the leg in a preexisting varicose vein. while it can be quite painful, the chance of fatality is very small. This would oily happen if the clot extends into a deeper vein and breaks off, traveling to the lung. While theoretically possible, this would be very rare.
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Does compression stockings prevent superficial thrombophlebitis?

No good evidence

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i am not aware of any good study that has shown compression stockings preventing superficial thrombophlebitis. Doctors recommend compression stockings for various reasons but there is not good evidence that they prevent superficial phlebitis in ambulatory people. [ there is evidence that they prevent deep vein phlebitis or DVT in bedridden people.]
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Can clotting disorders be a symptom of Superficial thrombophlebitis?

Possibly

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clotting disorders increase a persons risk of developing clots; although these usually develop in the deep veins they may also develop in the veins of the superficial system.
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