What Is Phlebitis?

Q:
What is phlebitis?

A:
Phlebitis, we can also call it thrombophlebitis, is an inflammation of a vein that forms blood clots and blocks one or more veins. It usually occurs in your legs, sometimes may in arms.

There are two types of phlebitis, superficial thrombophlebitis which occurs near the surface of body and deep vein thrombophlebitis (DVT) which occurs in deep veins.

The symptoms of phlebitis are apparent but rarely serious. For superficial phlebitis, you can see one or more long, thin red areas on the surface of skin. These areas may feel warm, hard, or tender. The skin around the affected veins may be swelling and a little bit painful.

Symptoms of deep vein thrombophlebitis are similar to those of superficial phlebitis. When deep vein thrombophlebitis occurs in your legs, you may feel swelling, tendering and throbbing. It may get worse when you lower your legs, especially when you first get out of bed in the morning. Some people may have a low-grade fever.

The cause of phlebitis is a blood clot, and the injury to veins can increase the risk of blood clots. Superficial thrombophlebitis can be a complication of a medical or surgical procedure.

Keywords: phlebitis;  superficial thrombophlebitis; deep vein thrombophlebitis (DVT).

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