Phlebitis Hand Veins Pictures - 5 Photos & Images

Superficial thrombophlebitis is an inflammatory condition of the veins due to a blood clot just below the surface of the skin. It usually occurs in the legs, but it can occasionally occur in the arms, hnds and neck. Anyone can develop superficial thrombophlebitis, but females are affected more than males.

Symptoms of superficial thrombophlebitis include:

  • redness and inflammation of the skin along a vein
  • warmth of the skin and tissue around the vein
  • tenderness and pain that worsens with added pressure
  • pain in the limb
  • darkening of the skin over the vein
  • hardening of the vein

Call your doctor if the above symptoms appear or get worse, or you develop new symptoms such as fever and chills. This could be a sign of a more serious illness or condition.

Superficial thrombophlebitis is treated at home in most cases. Your doctor might recommend applying a warm compress to the affected area and elevating it to relieve swelling. Wearing support stockings can also help reduce swelling.

Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or aspirin, can help reduce the redness and irritation caused by inflammation. This condition usually goes away within two weeks. It can take longer for the hardness in your vein to subside.

In rare, serious cases, removal or stripping of the vein is necessary. This is more common if you have varicose veins.

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