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Dr. Ted King
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Phlebitis (Overview)

The inflammation or infection of a vein. It is commonly seen with blood clots.


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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

Dr. Ted King
224 Doctors shared insights

Phlebitis (Overview)

The inflammation or infection of a vein. It is commonly seen with blood clots.


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What are the symptoms of having phlebitis?

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?

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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What causes phlebitis with no history of trauma or inactivity. It started in my armpit and now is throughout my arm. I'm prescribed keflex?

Can be other things.: Other things can cause phlebitis, like bacterial infection which can explain why you are on keflex. Machanical trauma from an IV needle can do it, as can chemicals that cause irritations or burns. Medications, like antidepressants, alcohol, and drugs (opiates) can also do it. Finally, it can be genetic, and run in families. If in your leg, too much standing can do it. See your dr. Fast. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid phlebitis on the legs?

Walk: If you are at increased risk of phlebitis you should wear graduated compression stockings, walk and maintain a healthy weight. ...Read more

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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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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?

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?

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