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What are the symptoms of phlebitis?

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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Phlebitis (Definition)

The inflammation or infection of a vein.It is commonly ...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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What are the symptoms of early or mild phlebitis?

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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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 phlebitis?

What is phlebitis?

An inflamed vein: As dr. Woodworth said, phlebitis is an inflamed vein. These can usually be treated with anti-inflammatory medicine, compression, and ice and/or heat. 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. Although treatment might not change with a clot present, a different treatment is possible. ...Read more

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What causes phlebitis?

Clot: Inside a vein occludes blood flow and then inflammatory process starts leading to pain and swelling leading to phlebitis ...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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