Although blood clots can form in the deeper veins of the legs, they can also form in the veins closer to the surface, especially within larger, twisting varicose veins. Phlebitis is the condition of having blood clots in these surface veins. While not typically dangerous, as many as 25% of people with phlebitis have underlying deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is potentially dangerous. Also, phlebitis is often painful.
The good news is that Carolina Vein Specialists in Greensboro and Winston-Salem can cure phlebitis by treating underlying vein issues. The Triad’s leaders in leg vein treatments, our physicians combine precision, experience and advanced procedures for great results with little to no downtime.
The causes and symptoms of phlebitis.
The causes of phlebitis can include anything injuring the vein, such as direct injury or trauma, infection, or surgery. It can occur from a long car ride or flight, or even without any known reason.
With phlebitis, usually a section of the leg veins where it occurs will become warm, with redness along the course of the vein. That area will also be hard and painful to the touch. Even if the symptoms go away on their own, the problem will typically come back—unless the underlying cause is found and treated.
Most of the time, these underlying problem veins drain out toward the phlebitic veins. In these cases, the phlebitis can be cured by treating the underlying vein disease. However, vein disease must first be confirmed as the underlying cause through duplex ultrasound examination.
Don’t just treat phlebitis. Cure it at the source.
When it comes to treating phlebitis, there are two options: temporary treatment and cure. Temporary treatment for phlebitis typically includes:
- Pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen (anti-inflammatory medicine found over the counter or by prescription)
- Wearing prescription-strength graduated support hose
- Frequent walking
- Leg elevation above the heart when at rest
- To reduce inflammation, intermittent application of an ice compress for 1 to 2 days until the pain subsides, followed by moist heat
However, to cure phlebitis, underlying vein disease needs to be resolved.
The NC Triad’s leaders in diagnosing, treating and curing phlebitis.
After confirming vein disease as the cause with ultrasound, we will determine which treatments are most appropriate for your particular case. With experienced skill and advanced capabilities, our doctors use minimally invasive methods to close down underlying problem veins in short procedures that can usually be performed in-office, are painless, and involve virtually no downtime.