The term phlebitis refers to the inflammation of a vein that can originate from different causes. Let's find out what the symptoms of phlebitis are, why it appears and how to recognize it.Don't store avocado like this: it's dangerous
With the term phlebitis means theinflammation of a vein which can originate from different causes. Let's find out what the symptoms of phlebitis, why it appears and how to recognize it.
What is commonly known as phlebitis, or rather venous thrombosis, is an inflammatory condition that generally occurs in the lower limbs although the possibility that other areas of the body are subject to it is not excluded. A vein that can be superficial or deep is affected. In the first case the course is almost always positive, in the second instead, since the thrombus has formed more deeply, the situation is decidedly more serious and if you do not intervene in time you risk apulmonary embolism.
Let's see now in symptoms not to be underestimated.
SYMPTOMS OF PHLEBITIS
I symptoms of a phlebitis superficial are basically the pain in the legs or arms (depending on the inflamed vein), redness, feeling of heat, numbness, burning, swelling and in some cases hardening of the vein which creates a sort of raised cord. Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, or more severe phlebitis, are essentially the same but it is not uncommon for this to be entirely asymptomatic or there is only general pain when standing or walking. In some cases, fever may also appear.
If you present this symptomatology it is advisable to go to your doctor immediatelyand who will assess the situation and promptly address the case of phlebitis.
Therefore, remember that the symptoms of phlebitis are:
• Pain in a vein (of legs or arms)
• Feeling of heat
• Hardening of the vein
CAUSES OF FLEBITIS
Generally, phlebitis affects the lower limbs in particular, especially in people already subject to the problem of varicose veins. The causes of thrombus formation can be different and are attributable to a whole series of conditions that hinder normal circulation: obesity, trauma (even a trivial injection), immobility of the person due for example to rest after surgery, intake of some medicines, excessive sedentary lifestyle or travel by plane, exposure to environments with too hot temperatures.
Even some diseases they can cause phlebitis, in particular those that alter the coagulation mechanisms but also hereditary disorders or special conditions such as pregnancy or post-partum where the veins are subjected to greater pressure. Another risk factor is smoking.
Causes and risk factors of flebitand are therefore:
• Suffering from varicose veins
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Long journeys (by plane, car, etc.)
• Long forced immobility (eg following surgery)
• Taking some medicines
• Hereditary factors
• Pregnancy and post partum
• To smoke
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REMEDIES FOR PHLEBITIS
The remedies recommended in case of phlebitis are substantially specific anticoagulant drugs such as heparin which depending on the individual case is prescribed by the doctor with a certain dosage to be followed for a given time. If there is pain, oral pain relievers or pain relievers may also be recommended bandages to be made with zinc oxide.
If the thrombosis has affected a leg, it is also recommended elastic stockings which prevent swelling and aid healing.
Next to the official remedies for a situation of superficial phlebitis we can also recommend its use as a natural anti-inflammatory and soothing remedy forcalendula oleolith to be massaged on the affected limb. Herbal medicine also features some plants such as ihawthorn, horse chestnut or butcher's broom which, however, must always be recommended by an expert.
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HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT IN TIME
As already mentioned, if you notice the above symptoms (even in mild form), go to your doctor immediately, in the case of deep vein thrombosis it is necessary to intervene as soon as possible to avoid the risk of pulmonary embolism. This eventuality is evidenced by additional symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, possible cough with blood and tachycardia. If you feel all this, go to the emergency room immediately.
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A special attention should be given to people who have multiple risk factors for phlebitis. It is therefore a question of monitoring the possible presence of redness, swelling or even slight pain in the limbs. In case of greater predisposition to the problem it is good to contact a angiologist, medical specialist, who may consider prescribing some tests aimed at investigating the presence of phlebitis or thrombosis: Doppler ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and blood tests.