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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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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sclerotherapy versus laser therapy vein treatment
Suffering from unsightly and painful varicose veins or pesky spider veins? Then you may be wondering which treatment to get: sclerotherapy or laser? Everyone has different needs, so one treatment may be more appropriate than the other.

Both treatments are effective with minimal side effects, but they do have advantages and disadvantages alike.

Let’s take a look at both methods for treating spider veins:

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for spider veins. The doctor injects a chemical, called a sclerosant into a vein, causing it to collapse and dry out. The vein gets reabsorbed by the body and disappears.

Sclerotherapy is best for superficial spider veins on the legs and hands. It’s less expensive, faster, and more effective than laser treatment. Sclerotherapy is also better for people with darker skin. Lasers produce light that can cause discoloration in people with tanned skin.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment for spider veins is more expensive. and perceived as more painful. But laser treatments are considered the best way to treat spider veins on the face. There are several types of laser treatments: 

IPL: Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are non-invasive and chemical-free. It involves directing light at the veins from outside the skin. IPL or surface laser treatments take about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the extent of the area. The most common side effect is a temporary purple skin pigmentation that looks like bruising. There can also be some temporary redness, swelling or blistering.

Surface Laser Therapy: Your doctor can treat small-to-medium varicose veins with a laser through the skin, much like with spider veins. Different kinds of lasers can penetrate the skin and reach the veins. The skin is cooled to avoid burning, but patients still report more pain than sclerotherapy.

Endovenous Laser Therapy: Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is an effective treatment for larger varicose veins. A laser probe is inserted directly into the vein. As the probe is withdrawn, the intense heat from the laser cauterizes the vein from the inside, causing it to collapse. A single EVLT procedure is more effective than sclerotherapy, which requires multiple sessions.

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The Choice is Up to You and Your Vein Doctor

Many patients have both types of vein problems and both types of treatment may be recommended.

The choice of treatment often depends on the location of the veins. Sclerotherapy is better for treating larger varicose veins, especially those on the legs, while laser therapy suits thinner veins on other parts of the body. Sometimes it may need a combination approach to get the best results.

Be sure to talk to your vein doctor to choose the treatment that is most effective and most comfortable for you. The best method for you may be different from that of someone else with the same vein problems. That’s why it’s important to choose an experienced vein specialist for medical advice. He or she can take into account your condition and your unique individual needs.

 

 

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bulging veins on hands
Our blood moves throughout the body via blood vessels. Sometimes they’ll appear as bulging or popping veins in the hands and feet. These swollen veins can look weird and show off our age. The good news is most bulging veins aren’t really a sign of poor health. But there are instances where they may arise from a serious vascular disease. Either way, we’ll go over what you need to know about bulging veins.

What Causes Bulging Veins in the Hands and Feet?

Aging: As we age, our skin gets thinner and less elastic, making our blood vessels more visible. Your vein valves weaken, which can cause blood to pool in your veins for a longer period of time. This enlarges the vein. It’s all a normal process of getting older.

Genetics: Having family members with bulging veins increases your chances of getting them.

Hot Weather: Heat can make veins more prominent and enlarged. Hot temperatures also make it harder for veins to function properly. They’ll work harder and become more visible.

Hormone Imbalance: Pregnancy or menopause can lead to a hormone imbalance. One of the symptoms is bulging veins. Pregnancy may also put pressure on veins, making it harder for blood flow to get back to the heart.

Exercise: Bulging veins is common in those who do a lot of strength training exercises. Heavy lifting for long periods of time makes the blood flow increase. The muscles harden, causing more visible blood vessels. Over-stretching also plays a major role in making veins pop out.

Thrombophlebitis: Blood clots in the vein can cause it to bulge. These blood clots often form in the leg and can break off. They’ll flow to the lung and cause a condition called pulmonary embolism.

Body Fat Loss: Our skin has a layer of fat that serves as an insulator. When you lose weight, that layer thins and leads and makes veins more visible.

Health Conditions: Underlying heart problems can cause a chronic increase in blood pressure. This weakens the veins and can cause popping.

How to Fix Bulging Veins

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can help decrease the swelling of bulging veins. Eating healthy foods with high water content can also help ease vein pressure. There are also procedures that can help remove veins that pop out.

Sclerotherapy injects a chemical solution into targeted veins and makes them close.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is the removal of the targeted veins via small incisions. Vein stripping and ligation close the vein that supplies blood to the targeted vein. While you’re under general anesthesia, your doctor will make an incision, tie off the vein, and remove it. The blood that used to run in the vein is automatically shifted. The closed vein eventually fades away.

Cosmetic or Medical, Bulging Veins Can be Fixed

Bulging hand and feet veins aren’t a serious medical issue for the majority of people. But if you’re concerned that your popping veins are something serious — or you don’t like the way they look — make an appointment with a vein doctor.

If there’s a serious problem, they can recommend treatment. If you want them removed for cosmetic purposes, your doctor will have a suggestion on the best procedure for you. In the unlikely event, your bulging hand and feet veins are a sign of a more serious condition, your doctor will offer specific medical treatment.

 

 

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