How is phlebitis treated?
Depending on your type of phlebitis – more on the types of it in just a moment – you may be given an anti-inflammatory drug by your physician or medical staff. On top of that, just like any anti-blood clotting treatment plan, you may be asked to move around your hospital ward or keep your arm elevated.
But wait, there’s more
There is another type of phlebitis known as thrombophlebitis. Thrombophlebitis is when an inflammation causes a blood clot to form and block one or more veins.
These types of issues usually occur in a patient’s legs or deep in a muscle, according to the Mayo Clinic.2
This type appears to be caused frequently during an injury to a vein, blood-clotting disorders, or increased periods of immobility.
Phlebitis and varicose veins
Unfortunately, varicose veins can also cause the issue as well.3 Varicose veins are a condition most commonly seen in the legs.
2. Pregnant women
3. Those who are obese or overweight
4. Inactive patients
6. Elderly patients
7. Those with a family history
As with all medical issues, it is important for you to contact your healthcare team if you feel like you have or are developing phlebitis because of IV failure.