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What Is Phlebitis And How Can You Treat It?


Phlebitis is defined as the inflammation caused in the walls of a person’s blood carrying veins.

Phlebitis affects about 27-70% of all patients receiving intravenous therapy. [1]

-Medical diagnosis is required
-Lab tests or imaging are required
-It is short-term and it usually resolves within a few days to a few weeks
-Can be medically treated

Deep phlebitis is the inflammation of a deeper, larger vein, like the ones found in your legs. Deep phlebitis is more likely to be caused by a blood clot and may have very serious, life-threatening consequences.


Only about 50% of people with phlebitis experience symptoms. These symptoms include:
- redness
- swelling
- warmth
- visible red streaks on your leg
- tenderness
- rope- or cord-like structure which can be felt through the skin
- Noticeable pain while walking or flexing
Severe phlebitis may lead to Pulmonary Embolism.


Self-care: Using warm compresses can provide temporary respite, however, one should seek immediate medical attention.

Medication: Treatment involves removal of intravenous catheter and antibiotics if an infection is detected. Following methods are generally used:
- Anticoagulants help the blood from clotting.
- Surgical intervention includes thrombectomy, which may involve removing the clot or dissolving it with tissue plasminogen activators, or a combination of both.
- Insertion of a filter may be recommended for severe cases.

Specialists: Phlebitis can be managed through effective medical intervention, however, if it is not done on a timely basis then it can lead to severe life-threatening conditions. At mfine, we provide a holistic approach to overall health and well being. Feel free to contact us in case of any medical issues or symptoms.

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