Vein Health 101: What is Thrombophlebitis?

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By South Valley Vascular
November 30, 2023

Your veins play a vital part of the human body. Without them, blood would not be able to circulate in your body. So understanding potential vein-related illnesses like thrombophlebitis is important.

Thrombophlebitis isn’t commonly known so many people are confused, and anxious when they first hear it. This is a medical condition where veins are inflamed, typically due to blood clots.

While it sounds scary, this medical issue can be resolved with proper care and medical treatment. Here is everything you need to know about symptoms, treatment, and potential preventative measures.

What are Common Thrombophlebitis Symptoms?

Thrombophlebitis, also known as deep vein thrombosis, can display a variety of symptoms.

Due to its severity and connection to other life-threatening illnesses, these symptoms should be taken extremely seriously. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should receive medical assistance immediately.

Now you know what thrombophlebitis is, here are some thrombophlebitis symptoms to look out for.

  1. Moderate to Severe Pain

First and foremost, you will notice moderate to severe pain around the affected area. Over time, this may result in difficulty walking, sitting or standing for extended periods of time. You may also notice that your legs are becoming weaker and less stable.

  1. Swelling and Discoloration

Secondly, inflamed veins can also lead to swelling. If additional blood clots are present, there may be noticeable bumps around the affected areas.

While uncommon, discoloration can also occur. This is usually due to a lack of circulation or the blood clots. You may also experience excessive warmth or tenderness on or around the afflicted area.

  1. Breathing Difficulties

You may also experience symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pains. If this occurs, you should visit a doctor immediately. This may be a sign of pulmonary embolism.

Remember, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.

Is Thrombophlebitis Genetic?

Unfortunately, thrombophlebitis can result from hereditary conditions. Those with certain genetic factors may be more prone to this illness and other venous diseases.

Thankfully, with proper medical assistance, this can be monitored and managed. Injuries and lack of movement can lead to thrombophlebitis as well.

What Does Thrombophlebitis Treatment Look Like?

After administering various lab and imaging tests, your doctor will be able to diagnose you with thrombophlebitis. If there is a positive diagnosis, you will need to begin a recovery and treatment plan.

First and foremost, the blood clot must be addressed.

To address the clots, your doctor will typically prescribe a blood thinner. In addition to healing the current ailment, it will prevent other blood clots from forming.

Afterwards, you may need to take anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil. This should help alleviate pain and discomfort. However, severe cases may require stronger prescribed medication. In some instances where blood thinners are not working, a shot may also be required.

Preventative Measures

Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take.

First, you should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Along with reducing the risk of dehydration, this will improve circulation and blood flow.

You should also follow an exercise routine. This doesn’t have to be overly intensive because prolonged movement can be damaging to the body. You can simply go on a leisurely walk every day.

Lastly, you may need to wear compression support to help prevent blood clots from developing.

Learn More with South Valley Vascular

For almost two decades, South Valley Vascular has been a pillar for vein treatment and care in California. With a team of qualified and experienced doctors, we can help with a variety of issues. To learn more, please contact us at 559-625-4118 or schedule an appointment online.