Avoiding Phlebitis at all Costs

Venitis or phlebitis is the inflammation of the veins. Phlebitis most commonly occurs in the legs. However, the condition can also affect the arms. In addition, phlebitis often coincides with thrombosis (a blood clot within a blood vessel that obstructs blood flow through the circulatory system). Together the two conditions are medically referred to as thrombophlebitis or superficial thrombophlebitis. Basically, there are two types – deep vein phlebitis or DVT (thrombosis) and superficial phlebitis. According to wiseGeek, DVT is more life threatening because large clots in a vein may break off and then enter the bloodstream and hence cause a stroke.

Possible Causes

Generally, phlebitis is caused by local distress or trauma to a vein. Oftentimes the condition is caused from the insertion of an intravenous catheter. However, many specialists agree that there are other factors that may be the cause:

  • Lupus
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Traumatic injury to a vein
  • Cancer (ovarian, breast and pancreatic)
  • Certain medications like desomorphine
  • Birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • Sitting for extended periods of time via car, or airplane

Phlebitis Symptoms and When to Seek Medical Help

Although there are no symptoms for some people, deep vein phlebitis can be similar to superficial phlebitis. Conferring to WebMD, the condition has numerous symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Hardening of a vein
  • Redness around the affected area
  • A burning sensation along the vein
  • Unexplained notable signs of shortness of breath

Immediate medical care is needed for deep vein thrombophlebitis. Always consult a specialist if you have a breakdown of the skin, an infection, pain, swelling or a fever. In addition, call your provider if you have a sudden onset of unexplained shortness of breath.

Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center

Although phlebitis is typically not serious, it is always best to contact a vein specialist if you have any concerns. At the Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center, Amish Tilara, M.D. puts strong emphasis on offering compassionate and tailored care to all patients who suffer from vascular issues such as phlebitis. In addition, Amish Tilara, M.D. is not only board certified in vascular conditions but he is also renowned for his dedication in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous other medical conditions like uterine fibroids and various vein treatments.

Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center is based out of Lawrenceville, GA and serves much of the surrounding area like Grayson, Norcross, Dacula, Buford, Duluth, Suwanee, Snellville and Lilburn.

Note: This article is not intended to replace any type of professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about vein issues, make an appointment with Amish Tilara, M.D. or a physician in your area.

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