Thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein caused by a blood clot (also known as a thrombus) that blocks one or more veins in your legs. There are a variety of symptoms that may accompany thrombophlebitis, including:
When a vein close to the surface of your skin is affected, you might see a red, hard cord just under the surface of your skin that's tender to the touch. When a deep vein in the leg is affected, it may become swollen, tender, painful and is usually difficult to walk on.
We understand the serious impact that thromboembolic disease has on our patients and their families. As the underlying venous disease can play a significant role in most patients affected by thrombophlebitis, we will collaborate with your referring physician to determine the best care plan for you.
Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep vein thrombosis usually occurs in the lower extremities and is a clot that forms in the deep vein system. The venous system of the lower extremity is divided into the superficial veins, which include the great and small saphenous veins and their associated accessory tributaries, and the deep venous system, which includes the femoral and popliteal veins. Intermediate veins called perforators connect them. DVT can lead to partial or complete blockage of circulation, which can cause serious medical problems. Nearly 2 million Americans are affected by DVT each year.
Vacations are a particularly dangerous time for DVT. Travel on an airplane, car, bus, or train increases your risk, especially if you have recently had surgery, are pregnant, are overweight, or have a history of blood clots. Risk of DVT should not keep you from traveling if you take these simple steps:
- Wearing compression stockings while traveling can significantly reduce your risk for DVT. These stockings help increase the circulation in your legs. Make sure to purchase medical-grade stockings.
- Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine or alcohol because both are dehydrating.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes during the trip.
- Get up out of your seat every hour or two. In an airplane, it is helpful to request an aisle seat, so it is easier to stretch out and move around. In a car, stop at a gas station or rest area and walk around every couple of hours.
- While seated, rotate your ankles, draw circles on the ground with your toes, flex your feet and toes and raise your legs slightly, holding them in the air for a few seconds.