Are you noticing swelling along your arm or a deep red color starting to form? If so, you might be developing a vein condition called phlebitis, also known as inflammation of the vein. Here is everything you need to know about phlebitis:
There are two forms of phlebitis that can develop: superficial or deep. Superficial phlebitis is when the condition occurs just below the skin’s surface. This is typically caused by a blood clot in the vein or some other kind of irritation. The second form of phlebitis, deep phlebitis, occurs in the larger veins that are typically found in your legs. This can also be caused by a blood clot and tends to be life-threatening in most cases.
Now that we know the two forms of phlebitis, it is important to find out the phlebitis symptoms. As mentioned, phlebitis can occur in your limbs, such as your arms and legs. Symptoms along these parts of the body can be seen as redness, swelling, tenderness, warmth, red streaks, or a rope-like formation under the skin. Deep phlebitis that occurs in your leg can also cause pain around your calf or thigh. If you start to experience any of these symptoms, you need check with your physician right away.
While most diagnoses of phlebitis do not lead to serious complications, it can lead to other damage. Leaving your phlebitis unchecked can cause infection in the affected area and allow wounds to develop on the skin. If deep phlebitis forms, then more serious complications can occur that may lead to life-threatening conditions. These serious complications can include shortness of breath, chest pain, feeling lightheaded, coughing up blood, or an accelerated heart rate. These symptoms can be present if the blood clot dislodges and travels up to the lungs. Make sure you seek treatment before these life-threatening conditions occur.
Phlebitis can occur in those who have a history deep vein thrombosis, long periods of inactivity, smoking, obesity, alcohol abuse, and elderly age. Those who have a family history of developing vein problems should be wary of phlebitis developing as they get older.
You can help prevent phlebitis from forming by making sure you live an active lifestyle, stretching and drinking water when traveling (or when your legs are stationary for long periods of time), and take any prescribed medication as recommended by your doctor. This condition can be avoided with the right precautions.
If you or a loved are at risk of phlebitis or any other venous disease, let us help you find the perfect treatment option. Our staff is led by the knowledgeable Dr. Wright and has treated thousands of patients. Call today for you free consultation!