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What is phlebitis im my right leg?

What is phlebitis im my right leg?

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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Phlebitis (Definition)

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


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What can be done about phlebitis in my leg?

What can be done about phlebitis in my leg?

Treat: If it is a uperficail phlebitis, it is best to use moist heat, anti-inflammatories, compression stockings and walking. ...Read more

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What could cause phlebitis with a hot, painful leg?

What could cause phlebitis with a hot, painful leg?

Maybe phlebitis: Hot, painful leg often with swelling is seen with phlebitis, cellulitis, trauma. It is adviseable to seek immediate medical advice in such a situation. ...Read more

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How can I avoid phlebitis on the legs?

How can I avoid phlebitis on the legs?

Depends: It depends on what level of venous disease you have. It also depends on what you are doing. If you have significant venous disease and are travelling in an airplane you should wear compression stockings. These should also be worn for long car rides. You should stand up and walk every 2 hrs. In an airplane. In a car you should stop and walk every 2 hours. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid phlebitis on the legs?

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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Phlebitis on the legs. Please tell me when it will go away?

Several weeks: Phlebitis refers to inflammation in superficial veins, but more generally implies clot in them. This is not the dangerous deep vein clot, or dvt. With appropriate conservative management, including compression stockings, nsaid's, elevation, moist hot compresses, and exercise, the acute symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks, although it may take months for the full clot load to be reabsorbed. ...Read more

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Due to leimerres disease and a long hospital stay (twice) I have phlebitis in my left leg stll after 1 year. I 'm assuming it's perman?

Due to leimerres disease and a long hospital stay (twice) I have phlebitis in my left leg stll after 1 year. I 'm assuming it's perman?

Yes C. Phlebitis: Lemierre's Disease or Syndrome is Internal Jugular Vein Septic Thrombophlebitis (Vein Inflammation) from a bacteria! Usually Fusobacterium necrophorum! So it affects the vein of the neck after a peritonsillar abscess!

Chronic Phlebitis of the lower extremity is like fibrosis (Sclerosis) of the veins! Concomitant swelling of the adjacent vein area occurs frequently. It is not due to a bacteria. ...Read more

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I have a sister who has suffer from phlebitis for 16 years the dr said she has blood reflux on her legs.?

I have a sister who has suffer from phlebitis for 16 years the dr said she has blood reflux on her legs.?

Reflux: Could be related to either the superficial or deep system
a venous doppler sonogram will resolve that question and then a treatment protocol, can be established
if only in the superficial system consider thermal ablation if possible, or surgery if not ...Read more

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Phlebitis? Right leg and ankle swollen and red. Warm to the touch.

Could be, but...: You should have this looked at asap. You need to make sure this is not a developing infection. If it is not an infection, it could be any number of inflammation problems - phlebitis being one of them. Gout or another inflammatory arthritis is a possibility as well as a skin inflammation indicating some underlying systemic problem. Basic lab work can rule out a significant problem. ...Read more

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Lower back pain. Worse on left side. Pain in calfs and knee. Sleepy during day. Had phlebitis last year in left leg. Have to rush for a wee too

Lower back pain. Worse on left side. Pain in calfs and knee. Sleepy during day. Had phlebitis last year in left leg. Have to rush for a wee too

See your doctor: You should let your doctor know you are having pain. He/she can examine you and possibly run tests to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I had phlebitis in my left leg 2 1/2 weeks ago and a week after developed red bumps on both legs. Lab work showed platelets & CBC normal. Help, pic?

I had phlebitis in my left leg 2 1/2 weeks ago and a week after developed red bumps on both legs. Lab work showed platelets & CBC normal. Help, pic?

May not be related.: There are 2 kinds of phlebitis, superficial and deep. Superficial involves the superficial veins and usually has a tender palpable vein. Dvt involves the deeper veins and is associated with swelling and thigh or calf tenderness. Neither of these should cause red bumps. This could be related to either oral or topical medications that you may have taken. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Can phlebitis occur in tributaries? And can phlebitis in a small saphenous tributary cause swelling in the posterior calf?

Can phlebitis occur in tributaries? And can phlebitis in a small saphenous tributary cause swelling in the posterior calf?

Phlebitis.: Phlebitis can occur in any vessel although typically medium size vessels. Inflammation of a major vessel would have very serious signs and very small vessels just don't seem to have this problem. Swelling of phlebitis usually follows the course of the vessel and does not cause generalized swelling of the calf. If you had MRI of leg you should have pretty good idea of problem. ...Read more

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Large lumps under my skin all over my body. New lumps almost everyday. Also red rash on shins and up my inner thigh. Diagnosed with phlebitis, no clot?

Large lumps under my skin all over my body. New lumps almost everyday. Also red rash on shins and up my inner thigh. Diagnosed with phlebitis, no clot?

Phlebitis: Phlebitis is clot, however it is clot in the smaller superficial veins that are not worrisome for life-threatening pulmonary emboli the way clot in the larger deeper vein are. Like the common cold they tend to run there course and resolve within 3-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can phlebitis in the arm caused by i.V.S come back?

Perhaps: The phlebitis caused by the IV is a local irritation of the vein due to the IV catheter, fluid type placed into the iv, and length of time the IV was present. This phlebitis can get infected and travel up the vein. Taking the IV out is the first step, and use heat, and tincture of time for resolution. Another IV is another site can result in another phlebitis, so pay attention to the 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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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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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 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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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 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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What are the treatment for phlebitis?

What are the treatment for phlebitis?

Anticoagulation: Interesting question because just had a patient who developed phlebitis two-weeks after a knee fracture. Her internist and I had a long discussion of whether to anticoagulant or do but in the end, she was admitted and started on oral anti-coagulation medications. In general the starting treatment will be ant-coagulation. ...Read more

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Is it common to get phlebitis from IV in the hand?

Is it common to get phlebitis from IV in the hand?

Can happen: Ivs whether in the hand or anywhere else need to be placed and maintained in a proper way and not used for longer than needed. Phlebitis or irritation or inflammation of a vein can certainly occur and can even result in infection. ...Read more

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Does a home remedy or cure exist for arm phlebitis?

Yes: Heat, elevation and nsaids are all useful but upper extremity thrombosis is so rare that a medical evaluation tio make sure that there is not an underlying serious condition that caused this problem in the first place. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest treatment for phlebitis/infection following an iv?

Can you please suggest treatment for phlebitis/infection following an iv?

Yes,: Moist heat should be applied for inflammation of a vein following superficial phlebitis. The redness should start to resolve within 48 to 72 hours. If it doesn't or worsens then you may need antibiotics. You should be seen by a vein specialist to guide your treatment and progress. ...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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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