Know the basics
What is thrombophlebitis?
Thrombophlebitis (or inflammation of the veins) is inflamed vein condition and blood clot formation. When thrombophlebitis occurs, the blood flow in that area becomes slow and can form small blood clot in the vein. Vein inflammation can cause pain, redness and swelling of the arm or leg is affected. Leg vein is affected more than the arm or neck vein. Thrombophlebitis near the skin’s surface known as thrombophlebitis agriculture.
Thrombophlebitis not life-threaterning but the greatest danger from this disease are the blood clot can travel to the deeper veins in the body. This could form the larger blood clot in the deep veins, called deep vein thrombosis. This is a very serious situation because of the blood clot in the deep veins tend to break off and travel to the lungs, leading to other diseases called life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
How common is thrombophlebitis?
Thrombophlebitis is common in patients at 60 years or older. Pregnant women can also have thrombophlebitis before or shortly after birth. Please consult your doctor for more information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of thrombophlebitis?
The common symptoms of the disease are redness, swelling or heat in the damaged area. Thrombophlebitis farm would cause hard feelings, tension and pain in the leg or arm. In addition, patients still have symptoms of fever.
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
Call your doctor if you have swelling, redness and pain in the legs – particularly if you have one or more risk factors of thrombosis phlebitis. If you have swelling, leg pain with difficulty breathing or chest pain during deep breathing increases, go to the emergency room. These signs and symptoms may be deep vein thrombosis. It is a condition that increases the risk of blood clots detach from the vein and moving to the lungs.
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
Know the causes
What causes thrombophlebitis?
The cause of thrombophlebitis is a blood clot. Blood clots may form due to several factors – anything obstructing the normal circulation of blood flow. Blood clots can be caused by several reasons:
- An injury to a vein.
- Genetic clotting disorder.
- Real Estate in the long term, such hospitalizations.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for thrombophlebitis?
There are many risk factors for thrombophlebitis of inflammation include:
- Varicose veins in the legs.
- Age greater than 60.
- Real long periods (such as in the car or plane).
- Bedridden for a long time, especially after stage surgery, myocardial infarction, stroke or leg injury.
- Placed a pacemaker or catheter (tube soft, thin) inside the vein for medical treatment purposes, these can stimulate angiogenesis and reduce blood flow.
- Pregnancy or birth recently increased venous pressure in the legs and pelvis.
- The use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy as blood easily outnumbered.
- Patients or family history of clotting disorders.
• Cancer patients
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is thrombophlebitis diagnosed?
Doctors diagnosed by a physical examination to look for red swollen area and record the symptoms. If doctors suspect a blood clot in the deep veins, the doctor will request ultrasound. A blood test called D-dimer may also be done to check for deep vein thrombosis. This test is not specific for thrombus phlebitis agriculture.
How is thrombophlebitis treated?
Treatment of thrombophlebitis agriculture involves rest and care for affected limb. It may be necessary to use medical stockings. Socks for people with varicose veins may be used to prevent deep vein thrombosis. Your doctor may also appoint anti-inflammatory drugs to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. These antibiotics can also be specified for the infection.
Patients with thrombus phlebitis often feel better after 7 to 10 days of treatment.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage thrombophlebitis?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with thrombophlebitis:
- Stop smoking.
- Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.
- Stand up and walk around or stretch if you sit in the car or airplane for a long time.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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