Thrombophlebitis Treatment in Bristol, VA
Thrombophlebitis is an inflammatory disorder that affects thousands of Americans each year. It occurs when a blood clot plugs one or more of your veins, leading to swelling or redness. “Superficial thrombophlebitis” refers to clots found near the surface of your skin. Clots found deeper within the muscle are categorized as “deep vein thrombophlebitis”.
Risk factors include being inactive or bedridden for long spans of time. In women, pregnancy can increase your risk of thrombophlebitis. Unfortunately, birth control pills and hormone therapy can also put you at greater risk. Although most cases of thrombophlebitis appear later in life, it can still pop up at an earlier age. The disorder occurs more frequently in women and in most cases, development is an indirect result of varicose veins .
Symptoms of Thrombophlebitis
Symptoms of thrombophlebitis include:
- Swelling of affected veins
- Pain in affected areas
- Warmth and redness in affected areas
- In superficial thrombophlebitis the veins may appear as a tender red cord
- In deep vein thrombophlebitis, swelling and pain in the leg usually occurs
Treatment of Thrombophlebitis
After being diagnosed with thrombophlebitis, your doctor will likely give you some simple steps for self-care. By following a few basic remedies—such as warm compressions over the affected area and elevation of the leg—you're likely well on your way to successful treatment within a month's time.
Doctors may prescribe medicine to thin out your blood so the clot doesn't grow any bigger. Compression stockings can also be used for symptom relief. Vein stripping, a highly invasive surgical procedure which involves removing the affected vein may be necessary in extreme cases.
Thrombophlebitis is easily treatable and is rarely more than a mild inconvenience. Request more information about thrombophlebitis today. Call (423) 482-8711 or contact AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center online.
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