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What is phlebitis?

What is phlebitis?

What is phlebitis?: Itis means inflammation. Phleb means vein. Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein. Phlebitis can occur after placement of an IV catheter, or after blunt injury or from oral medications like birth control pills. Phlebitis can also occur from a blood clot, called thrombophlebitis. Treatment is supportive with topical heat and NSAIDs if phlebitis is in superficial tributary veins. ...Read more

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Phlebitis (Definition)

The inflammation or infection of a vein. It is commonly ...Read more


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What causes phlebitis?

What causes phlebitis?

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. ...Read more

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Is phlebitis permanent?

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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Can the sun cause phlebitis?

No: Sun exposure will not cause phlebitis; however, prolonged sun exposure can result in dehydration and subsequent sluggish venous flow, and in that environment there is increased risk for phlebitis. Virchow's triad of stasis, blood abnormalities, and endothelial damage is partially present in the above setting. ...Read more

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How long will phlebitis last?

Depends: Iot can be as little as 3 or 4 days. Not properly treated though, I once saw a woman who had had ongoing trouble with a phlebitis for 18 months. ...Read more

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What does phlebitis look like?

Red, swollen or none: 2 kinds of phlebitis deep and superficial. Deep phlebitis (DVT) usually presents with swelling, pain and tenderness of whole leg or calf. Superficial phlebitis is a local pain, redness and tenderness on the surface of the skin around a noticeable vein. Dvts can lead to serious complications even death. Some DVT have no symptoms. For both you should see a doctor, vein special prefered ; get treated. ...Read more

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What are the tests for phlebitis?

What are the tests for phlebitis?

Ultrasound, PE: Phlebitis can occur in a superficial vein, and physical examination will reveal redness, pain, cord-like feel, swelling, and heat. The deep veins are examined with an ultrasound, and the presentation of DVT varies from mild pain like a muscle strain to more severe pain, swelling, and difficulty in walking. ...Read more

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Will phlebitis go away permanently?

Yes: But not always. Often what happens is that the pain, swelling, warmth, redness and inflammation go away but some residual scar is left in the vein. This can lead to further episodes of phlebitis later on, or it might never bother you again. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of phlebitis?

Inflammation: Phlebitis is an itis (inflammation) of a phleb (vein). We usually think of phlebitis as being a problem involving a clot in a superficial vein. Typically the symptoms are those of inflammation and include pain, swelling, warmth, and redness. The pain is often very localized. Even though superficial, it is important to make sure that the clot doesn't even into a deep vein with ultrasound. ...Read more

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What is phlebitis, and what causes it?

Vein problem: Inflammation of a vein is phlebitis, and the causes are blood clot, chemical irritation as following intravenous medications, indwelling intravenous catheter, trauma, and infection. Presentation is with redness, cord-like feel of the involved veins, tenderness, swelling, heat. ...Read more

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What can someone do to treat phlebitis?

What can someone do to treat phlebitis?

2 types of phlebitis: There are 2 kinds of blood clots in the legs-superficial and deep. Superficial clots are called superficial phlebitis and present usually with pain, redness and tenderness on the surface of the skin around a visual vein or varicose vein. Deep phlebitis (DVT) usually presents with swelling, pain and tenderness of the medial thigh or posterior calf. Treatment time varies with each. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about phlebitis?

Can you tell me anything about phlebitis?

Pain and swelling.: There are 2 kinds of blood clots in the legs-superficial and deep. Superficial clots are called superficial phlebitis and present usually with pain, redness and tenderness on the surface of the skin around a visual vein or varicose vein. Deep phlebitis (DVT) usually presents with swelling, pain and tenderness of the medial thigh or posterior calf. Either way, you should see a vein specialist. ...Read more

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What can I do for the pain from phlebitis?

Anti-inflammatories: Reduce the pain of phlebitis with anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, combined with an extra streength Acetaminophen blocks both pain pathways. Warm compresses, compression stockings help.
See a vein specialist to evaluate the cause, like a superficial vein clot, which can be treated further. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having phlebitis?

Pain, swelling: Inflammation of a vein is phlebitis, and there is pain, swelling, and at times reddish discoloration especially when the vein is close to the skin. In deep venous phlebitis (dvt), there may be only slight pain like a pulled muscle, and swelling may vary, and the discoloration not so evident unless there is a lot of clot present and the leg may become purple. Phlebitis can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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What do the symptoms of phlebitis look like?

Inflammation: Phlebitis is an itis (inflammation) of a phleb (vein). Typically the symptoms of phlebitis are those of inflammation and include pain, swelling, warmth, and redness. It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between phlebitis and a skin infection. Ultrasound can help sort this out and also make sure that the phlebitis doesn't extend into a deep vein with a clot. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the meaning of phlebitis?

Inflammation: Phlebitis means inflammation of the vein. This red, warm vein is painful and usually associated with a clot. The clot can be spontaneous in the lower leg or after an IV in the arm. ...Read more

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Can superficial phlebitis cause health problems?

Typically no: Usually not - this is a local reaction and usually resolves. ...Read more

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What is phlebitis and how does it affect someone?

An inflamed vein: Phlebitis is an inflamed vein. 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. Clots are common in phlebitis and 24% of the time that a person has phlebitis associated with a clot, they also have a deep venous thrombosis. About 10% of these are associated with a pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of early or mild phlebitis?

Warmth: Phlebitis is an itis (inflammation) of a phleb (vein). Typically the symptoms are those of inflammation and include pain, swelling, warmth, and redness. Probably the earliest symptoms of phlebitis are warmth, itching (which is a mild form of pain), and aching. As things progress, the pain becomes worse and redness and swelling develop. ...Read more

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Irrationally worried about superficial phlebitis?

Irrationally worried about superficial phlebitis?

Usually not problem: Superficial phlebitis is usually not a serious problem. The treatment is generally moist heat and drugs like motrin. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a phlebitis-like disease?

Pain, swelling, etc.: Phlebitis is inflammation of veins, which can come on with mechanical irritation like an IV catheter, chemical irritation from IV meds, and blood clots. Thrombosis in veins can be superficial, and the signs/symptoms: pain, redness, cord-like to touch, swelling, warmth. Deep vein thrombosis: pain, swelling, catch, charlie-horse. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Phlebitis?

Phlebitis: Phlebitis is inflammation or infection of a vein. It is commonly seen with blood clots. This would be Thrombophlebitis. ...Read more

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How long does it really take for phlebitis to go away?

Depends: Very good question. It depends on nature and extend and site of phlebitis. Generally non infected phlebitis go quickly if not on joints. Larger phlebitis may take longer time. Local warm compression, elevation of extremities and anti inflammatory agents always helpful. If suppurations (infection) than may take prolonged time to heal and may cause complication. ...Read more

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Can you still have phlebitis six months after having an iv?

Unrelated: You could get phlebitis after having an IV, but if it occurs more than a few days after the IV, the two are unlikely to be related. ...Read more

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What is the difference between IV infiltration and IV phlebitis?

Cause: When medicine or fluid from an IV leaks out of the vein into the tissue it is called an IV infiltration, this may lead to an irritation then inflammation of the vein and tissues called a phlebitis. For sure the IV was taken out and now the arm will need to be seen by a doctor. Sometimes all is needed is warm moist packs to the area to help absorb the fluid but doctor will decide. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between phlebitis and infiltration?

Clot or swelling: Phlebitis is a clot in a vein and it can be either superficial or deep. Thrombophlebitis is another name for this. Infiltration is when an IV is placed into a vein and the fluid from the IV escapes from the vein causing the tissue around the entrance site of the IV to swell. ...Read more

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I'm getting irrationally worried about superficial phlebitis. What to do?

I'm getting irrationally worried about superficial phlebitis. What to do?

All work.: There is no best medication for superficial phlebitis. Any antiinflammatory that is tolerated by the patient is acceptable. The type ordered is usually determined by the physician's training and experience. I prefer advil, (ibuprofen) Motrin or naproxyn. Wet heat to the area also helps and an evaluation by a vein specialist would also be recommended. ...Read more