phlebitis ultrasound with blood clotHave you noticed an area on your leg that’s dark with a lump? This is a common symptom of phlebitis.

It refers to the inflammation of veins, which can cause blood clots called Thrombophlebitis if left untreated.

Here, we’ll go over what causes phlebitis so you can better understand how to treat it.

What Causes Phlebitis?

Phlebitis has many causes but the most common causes are:

  • Local trauma or injury to the vein
  • Prolonged inactivities like long driving or plane rides
  • Insertion of intravenous catheters (IV) in hospitals
  • IV induced after surgery, especially orthopedic procedures
  • Prolonged immobility, as in hospitalized or bed-ridden patients
  • Varicose veins
  • Underlying cancers or clotting disorders
  • Removal of lymph nodes or after mastectomy for breast cancer

Phlebitis can also occur in individuals whose blood has a tendency to clot, often caused by circulatory issues.

How to Treat Phlebitis

Phlebitis can be treated with:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Blood thinners to prevent clots from enlarging
  • Self-care like a healthy diet and exercise
  • Warm compress
  • Compression stockings

Home Remedies for Phlebitis

Here are some simple at-home treatments to relieve phlebitis symptoms:

  • Use warm/cold compresses
  • Elevate the affected leg for better blood flow
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Use over the counter drugs

How Long Does Phlebitis Take to Go Away?

A short-term condition of phlebitis will subside in 1-3 weeks.

How to Prevent Phlebitis

Some preventive measures of phlebitis and thrombophlebitis include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Performing leg exercises
  • Quit smoking

Can Phlebitis Turn into Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

If left untreated, phlebitis poses an increased risk of developing blood clots in deeper veins.

The development of a serious blood clot is known as deep vein thrombosis.

One of the primary risks of DVT is a clot breaking free of the blood vessel wall and traveling through the body to the lungs. It can lodge in a pulmonary artery and block blood flow back to the heart. The situation can be life-threatening.

In the event that phlebitis has caused a deep vein thrombosis, hospitalization is often recommended along with anti-blood clot or blood thinner medications and monitoring.

 

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Feeling self-conscious about your spider veins?

Then Sclerotherapy treatment is the answer for you.

It’s a quick, non-surgical treatment to reduce the appearance of spider and some varicose veins.

If it’s your first time, here’s what to expect before and after your treatment.

What to do Before Sclerotherapy Treatment

Here are some things that you should avoid to ensure you don’t have any issues during sclerotherapy treatment.

  • Pause intake of Vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or aspirin for at least 1 week before treatment.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not apply any lotion to your legs before treatment.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol or nicotine.

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What to do After Sclerotherapy Treatment

The recovery from sclerotherapy has little downtime and the following instruction will ensure a smooth recovery.

  • Avoid sports or exercise for at least 10 days after your treatment.
  • Wear compression stockings for 5 days or as advised by your doctor.
  • Avoid warm baths, sunbathing, hot tubs, and saunas for at least 2-3 days after your treatment as heat causes blood vessels to dilate.
  • Schedule a follow-up treatment in 4-6 weeks after your procedure. You probably won’t see the decrease of all of the spider veins in one session. Most people need 2-3 sessions or more to achieve their desired results.

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Vein-Free Legs: Guaranteed

It’s very important to follow all post-treatment instructions so you can lower your risk of developing any side effects from the treatment. While these are rare, they can include mild cramping, scarring, and even temporary browning of the skin.

For the safest and most satisfactory results, you should always follow your vein specialists’ pre and post-treatment instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your vein doctor.

 

 

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why did my spider veins come backIf you have spider veins, you’re all too familiar with their web-like appearance located on the thighs and calves of your legs.

While the cause of spider veins isn’t completely understood, they tend to be a genetic issue. Hormones, a sedentary lifestyle, and weight gain can also play a role in these pesky leg veins. Luckily, there’s an easy and effective treatment to remove your veins for good. But sometimes that’s not the case.

If you’ve had sclerotherapy for your spider veins and noticed they returned, you’re not alone. We’ll talk all about why it happens and what you can do to make sure your spider veins don’t come back.

How Spider Vein Treatment Works

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins. A vein specialist injects a solution that irritates the veins. This causes them to collapse and clot. Your body will break down and reabsorb them in a few weeks and the veins should fade.

Why Do Spider Veins Come Back After Treatment?

Whether you get treatment with injection, laser ablation, or microphlebectomy, there is still a chance the veins will come back.

Genetics: Unfortunately, there’s no crystal ball way to predict if and when new spider veins will appear. Some people are just prone to getting them, (thank genetics!).

Venous Insufficiency: Another reason your spider veins reappear is due to an underlying condition called venous insufficiency. This involves a different treatment altogether.

It’s a progressive vein disease that will not go away without proper treatment. Spider veins can be a sign of this vein condition. A simple ultrasound of your legs can determine if your valves are working and address if you have that condition.

 

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Spider Vein Maintenance

In any case, keeping ahead of developing spider veins makes the process much more manageable.

With proper and proactive management, and attacking these veins early on, treatment becomes much easier and results much better.

A consultation from a certified vein specialist can determine if you have spider veins or other conditions like venous insufficiency.

 

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why varicose veins hurtIf you have varicose veins, you’ve probably experienced some level of discomfort. While some varicose veins have no symptoms, more severe cases can be pretty painful!

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins often appear on the legs. Standing and walking increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.
Veins have valves that help direct blood flow up towards the heart. If these valves are weak or damaged, blood can flow backward and pool in the vein. This makes the veins stretch or twist, causing bumps and bulges associated with varicose veins.

This can make your varicose veins hurt.

Reasons Your Varicose Veins Hurt

Warm Weather: Warm weather tends to dilate the veins, which puts more pressure on already strained varicose veins. This is why people with varicose veins experience more discomfort in summer.

Time of Day: As the day progresses and more blood pools around your ankles it can cause swelling and pain. People who suffer from varicose veins say that their legs feel more painful at night.

Being Dehydrated: Proper hydration promotes blood circulation. Those with varicose veins should drink plenty of water to keep the blood flowing and reduce discomfort.

Being Sedentary: Prolonged periods of sitting can aggravate your veins. The blood can’t circulate properly which can result in discomfort. So get moving!

Say Goodbye to Varicose Vein Pain

If you have continued pain and discomfort, seek professional medical attention. Medical treatment from a certified vein specialist is your best bet for relief. Venous insufficiency is a progressive medical condition that will not go away without treatment and can cause other serious medical problems down the road.

 

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varicose vein pain reliefVaricose veins are like snowflakes. They are as unique to patients as the treatments are to fix them. Often considered a cosmetic issue, varicose veins are a medical condition called venous insufficiency. And they can be quite painful if not treated. Here’s how to ease the discomfort. 
 

What is Venous Insufficiency?

The cause of venous insufficiency is malfunctioning vein valves. They can’t push blood from the legs back up to your heart, causing the blood to pool in the legs.
Venous insufficiency symptoms often include
  • Heaviness in your legs 
  • Pain/cramping
  • Swelling
  • Restless legs
  • Discoloration

How to Relieve Varicose Vein Pain

If you find yourself in pain from your varicose veins, you should seek treatment with a vein specialist. But here are some options to ease the discomfort at home:
1. Elevate Your Legs. For immediate varicose vein pain relief, elevate your legs above your heart. Place your feet against a table, stretch them up a wall, or lie down in bed and rest your legs on three or four pillows. This helps make it easier for the blood to flow toward the heart. Stay with your legs elevated for at least 15 minutes at a time — that should help reduce the swelling and ease the pain.
2. Exercise and Stretch Your Legs. Flex your feet, especially during long trips when your legroom is limited. If you have to sit or stand all day, change position at least every 30 minutes and your bend knees.
3. Hydrate. Proper hydration supports healthy blood circulation. Drink enough water and move around as often as possible.
4. Use Cold Water. Shower your legs with cold water. Cool temperatures cause blood vessels to shrink, which reduces swelling and feelings of heaviness.
If your varicose vein pain symptoms progress, worsen or don’t go away, see a vein specialist. They can offer a treatment plan based on your symptoms. There are several non-invasive procedures to help ease your pain for good.

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vein procedure for varicose veins vein stripping versus ambulatory phlebotomyTechnology and treatment for varicose veins have developed significantly over the years. Before, varicose veins were only treated with a procedure called “vein stripping.” It involved surgically removing the veins from the body. Thankfully, vein treatment these days is less invasive.

An Out of Date Vein Treatment

Yes, vein stripping is considered outdated. More recent technology allows physicians to no longer remove a patient’s vein.
Vein Stripping requires general anesthesia and extensive incisions on the affected area. A large varicose vein is usually removed or tied off in the leg. The procedure requires a long recovery period, about 2-4 weeks. But, your recovery time will vary on how many veins are stripped and where they’re located.
 
Your doctor may recommend varicose vein stripping if you’re experiencing:
  • constant pain, throbbing, and tenderness in the legs
  • skin sores and ulcers
  • blood clots
  • bleeding from the veins

The New, Better Vein Treatment

An Ambulatory Phlebectomy is the removal of bulging leg veins through tiny needle incisions. A phlebectomy is a more recently developed vein procedure and is less invasive. Your doctor will make a smaller incision and remove the varicose vein in several sections.
 
Local anesthesia is used and recovery time is significantly less than vein stripping. Most patients can return to their regular activities within a day. The results are permanent, allowing you to get rid of those painful and unsightly veins for good!
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Out with the Old, In with the New

Ambulatory phlebectomy and vein stripping are similar. Both procedures remove severely swollen veins so blood can circulate elsewhere. But the phlebectomy is the new and improved treatment. Nonfunctioning veins can lead to more problems down the road. Try to get treatment from a certified vein center that uses up-to-date treatment for the best results. 

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