Phlebitis and varicose veins generally both occur in the legs. While phlebitis can present in patients who also suffer from varicose veins, the two conditions shouldn’t be confused as one and the same thing.
So, in this week’s blog we thought we’d look at the symptoms of phlebitis, and how we can help.
What is phlebitis?
Phlebitis is the clotting of blood within the veins directly underneath the surface of the skin. It will often occur where varicose veins (especially obvious nobbly Veins) have not been treated, but can also be present post-treatment, usually much less severely.
What are the symptoms?
The blood clots that form can lead to inflammation of the vein. This results in the visible symptoms of redness and swelling of the leg. It can also feel tender to the touch, and pain will increase if pressure is applied. These symptoms, can, to an untrained eye, look like an infection.
How to treat phlebitis.
Phlebitis is not an infection, so it cannot be treated (successfully) with antibiotics. Your doctor may recommend an anti-inflammatory drug. But sufferers can help themselves by maintaining activity, elevating the affected leg while sitting and using topical anti-inflammatory gels like Voltaren emulgel. Support stockings will also help with swelling and pain management. However, as with most health concerns you are far better to treat the underlying cause, rather than the symptoms of phlebitis. One of the known causes of this condition is varicose veins. Remember, varicose veins are not always visible.
Book a complimentary Doctor’s vein assessment and scan with enhanceskin. Our expertise combined with the specialist ultrasound equipment that we use allows us to effectively diagnose any vein disease. We can also diagnose any blood clots in the superficial veins, (phlebitis), that may be a result of your venous disease. After any diagnosis we can formulate your treatment plan. All of our treatments for varicose veins are walk-in and walk-out, so there’s no down time. Your treatment plan also includes follow-up appointments for twelve months afterwards.
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