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Dr. Ted King
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Phlebitis (Overview)

Phlebitis refers to inflammation of a vein, usually due to small blood clots or chemical irritation from IV fluids.


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My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

NSAID ancompression : While compression stockings and anti-inflammatory medication is first line therapy in treatment, a complete evaluation for risk factors and an ultrasound duplex should be performed to evaluate for proximity and or involvement of the deep veins. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Phlebitis (Overview)

Phlebitis refers to inflammation of a vein, usually due to small blood clots or chemical irritation from IV fluids.


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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 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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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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My doc says i've got phlebitis. What does this mean?

Inflamed vein: Phlebitis literally means that you have an inflamed veins. Usually the inflammation comes from the vein having a clot in it. When there is a clot, it is called thrombophlebitis. Usually phlebitis is a painful condition that gets better in 2-3 days. Phlebitis can be associated with a DVT as much as 25% of the time. So if someone has phlebitis, it is important the a venous ultrasound be done. ...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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What is the treatment for phlebitis?

Depends on area: Superficial phlebitis is treated with heat, anti-inflammatory agents, and tincture of time. Sometimes when infected, surgical excision is required. It is good practice to follow a patient with superficial phlebitis of the leg with repeat ultrasound. Deep venous thrombophlebitis is treated with anticoagulation, initially with heparin, lmwh, converting to coumadin (warfarin). ...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 to prevent phlebitis ?

How to prevent phlebitis ?

Health & movement: Avoid obesity, tobacco, and standing or sitting immobile for more than a couple of hours. It 'trapped', such as when flying, pump your calf muscles by contracting and relaxing them a few minutes every hour or two and/or take a walk down the aisle. Compression stockings may be helpful, particularly for specific risks such as varicose veins. It is uncertain if there is any benefit from aspirin. ...Read more

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