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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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Dr. Ted King
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Phlebitis (Definition)

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