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Superficial Vein Thrombosis Treatment

If you are suffering from inflammation of a vein located close to the skin’s surface, you may have what is called superficial vein thrombosis. This condition is directly caused by the formation of a blood clot in a superficial vein, a diagnosis that your vascular surgeon can confirm with ultrasound or venography.

When treating superficial vein thrombosis, tour vascular surgeon will work to reduce both inflammation and pain. For mildly painful thrombophlebitis, doctors often recommend that their patients follow these steps:

  • Wear support stockings
  • Keep the affected leg elevated
  • Apply warm compresses
  • Take Ibuprofen or similar nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Support stockings work to lightly compress the legs, which reduces swelling and encourages blood flow. Elevating the affected leg and applying a warm compress to the area can bring similar benefits. Applying gentle heat not only reduces inflammation, but it also feels great.

If you are dealing with mild thrombosis you should be able to continue with your everyday activities, though intense exercise may aggravate the problem. Be sure to speak with your doctor for treatment recommendations tailored to you. It will probably only take a few days for the inflammation to diminish, but it may be a few weeks for all of your symptoms to disappear.

For those who are experiencing acute pain, treatment may involve surgical removal of the clot. After surgery, a compression bandage should be worn for about a week to support healing and reduce swelling.

Finally, treatment for superficial thrombosis should also treat its cause. If, for example, your doctor discovers that an infection is the root cause of the inflammation, he will prescribe antibiotics. If you are prone to sitting for prolonged periods, making behavior changes will be important.

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