Phlebitis in Bellevue, OH

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Venous conditions, such as phlebitis, can result in a host of issues for the person they affect. For people with phlebitis, vein problems can cause pain, irritation, and blocked blood flow. At Vein & Body Specialists, our team of board-certified radiologists helps people suffering from phlebitis. Call us for relief today if you live in Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont, or Norwalk, Ohio.

What Is Phlebitis?

Phlebitis, or thrombophlebitis, is inflammation of a vein caused by blood clots. Typically occurring in leg veins, these blood clots cause pain and swelling. Phlebitis can occur in surface veins (superficial) as well as in deeper veins, and individuals can experience symptoms in both cases.

In surface veins, the blood clots often resolve quickly when treated promptly and adequately. In deeper veins, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the blood clots can break loose and travel dangerously to other body parts, such as the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. This requires immediate medical attention as it can have a fatal outcome.

What Causes Phlebitis?

In superficial veins, phlebitis is typically caused by vein trauma during or after a medical procedure. When phlebitis occurs in veins without injury, the following risk factors should be considered:

  • Varicose veins
  • Inactivity during long car or airplane trips
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Physical injury
  • Hormonal imbalances, such as using birth control or hormone replacement therapy

What Are the Symptoms of Phlebitis?

If you are experiencing symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), seek medical intervention immediately. These symptoms include:

  • Swelling of the leg (upper or lower)
  • Pain in the leg (often described as a Charlie Horse that won’t go away)
  • Painful lumps on the leg
  • Shortness of breath (could be a clot that traveled to the lung)
  • Back or rib pain (could be a clot that traveled to the lung)

The symptoms of superficial phlebitis are similar, may be more painful, and can include red discoloration.

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