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How long for cellulitis of the hand(spread to mid wrist) 2 heal for a patient w a weakened immune system? Caused by blown vein post-IV. On cephalexin

How long for cellulitis of the hand(spread to mid wrist) 2 heal for a patient w a weakened immune system? Caused by blown vein post-IV. On cephalexin

TimeHealsAllWounds: Hard to say. Depends on the severity of the infection, whether the infection had extended inside the vein,the degree of your immunosuppression and the susceptibility of the infection to the cephalexin.Healing tends to be slower at first then accelerate as healing progresses.But for a very general ballpark estimate for you, expect the majority to heal over 2 weeks,then more over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more


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Can IV have caused vein damage?

Can IV have caused vein damage?

IV vein damage: In order for an IV to enter a vein it has to damage the vein(every time it's placed). Luckily our veins are pretty hardy and they usually recover and heal these injuries. Sometimes we are not so lucky and they clot where they were punctured or rarely even become infected. Compared to the number of IVs placed the percent of complications is pretty low. ...Read more

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Can an IV cause vein damage?

Can an IV cause vein damage?

IV vein damage.: Iv's can cause vein damage either by the iv itself injuring the vein or by the solution passed through the IV which can irritate the vein causing it to clot or become inflammed. ...Read more

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I had an IV and now the my vein is hard and has a bump in it, what is this?

I had an IV and now the my vein is hard and has a bump in it,  what is this?

Thrombophlebitis: It sounds like a superficial thrombophlebitis, a common complication of having an iv. It just means that the vein has become clotted. This is not a dangerous problem, and can be treated with frequent hot compresses. See a doctor if your arm gets swollen or you get a fever. ...Read more

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Why do your veins seem to get hard, and start hurting after having an i.V?

Phlebitis: Veins don't like needle being stuck into them and they also don't like having fluids and drugs being flushed through them either. Needles, fluids and chemicals can all cause veins to become inflamed, hard, and sore. We call this phlebitis. Usually, phlebitis resolves on its own once the needle is out and the medicine is stopped. Anti-inflammatory meds can usually make it feel better sooner. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an IV needle/catheter to break off in vein and what would be the consequences and intervention if so?

Is it possible for an IV needle/catheter to break off in vein and what would be the consequences and intervention if so?

Yes: They can break but rare. They will break if they are not in the vein usually and they will get stuck under the skin , even if they break in the vein there is nothing to do surgically . But you have to watch for signs of infection at the site like redness , swelling , pain . That means it is getting infected and need to be removed. Very rarely they will move from the vein toward the heart. ...Read more

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My IV bag ran dry last night for 40 minutes it beeped it was empty. I ended up just walking out should I watch for warnin symptoms of air in veins?

Air in IV line: Not to worry. Small amount of air in IV line is not dangerous, even the whole tube filled with air would be insignificant as the blood would absorb the air as the venous blood is passively returned to the system. Air in arterial lines can be dangerous even in small amounts since i is under pressure and could cause an air embolus. ...Read more

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Would lupus cause a vein to swell up after iv?

Would lupus cause a vein to swell up after iv?

Vein: People with lupus are more prone to clots. Sometimes you can get a clot in the vein the IV was placed in. If it is a superficial clot then it can be treated with warm compresses. You need to have it looked at though to assure it isn't an infection and that there isn't a clot in a deeper vein in the arm. ...Read more

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