Phlebitis is when a vein becomes inflamed, there are two types of phlebitis: superficial phlebitis and deep vein phlebitis.
Superficial phlebitis affects veins just under the skin.
Phlebitis in deep veins also known as thrombophlebitisis is a very dangerous inflammation in the wall of a vein that can lead to a fast death without warning from a blood clot.
The problem with blood clots are they can break loose and travel through the circulatory system to the lungs and the problem becomes immediately life threatening.
Phlebitis usually occurs in one or more of the extremities meaning an arm or leg.
If the patient has superficial phlebitis there are a few things that can be done to help alleviate some of the pain:
Over-the-counter drugs such as Ibuprofen to help with inflammation and pain management.
Deep vein phlebitis needs to be treated by a physician and he/she may prescribe blood thinning medications to help prevent clotting of the blood.
Some causes of phlebitis are:
Injury, trauma, IV needle, obesity, smoking, prolonged inactivity, bed rest or bedridden, blood disorders or cancer.
Some symptoms of phlebitis are:
Redden or bluish colored skin along the path of the infected vein, soreness, pain, swelling, fever, burning or itchy feeling, even a breaking down of skin can occur at the site if infection has set in.
Seek Medical Treatment:
If you suspect you may have phlebitis or if you suffer from pain, swelling, bumps or lumps in an arm or leg. If you have shortness of breath or chest pain both these symptoms could be related to a blood clot in the lungs which is also referred to as a pulmonary embolism and should be treated immediately.
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