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Phlebitis: 7 Things Your Doctor Should Know

Phlebitis is a term that is used by doctors and the public and there are many important facts that you and your doctor should know. Here are 7 important facts that even many doctors get wrong.

  1. Phlebitis is not caused by an infection and antibiotics are not necessary. Recently reviews in the medical literature suggest that antibiotic are frequently prescribed for phlebitis. Not only is this ineffective, but costs our healthcare system and may complications such as diarrhoea and my contribute to antibiotic resistance.
  2. Phlebitis most commonly affects the leg veins and it causes swelling, tenderness and redness along the … Continue reading »

How To Recognise Phlebitis: A Guide to The Signs and Symptoms

If you are concerned that you might have phlebitis, this article will tell you what you need to look for, what features are strongly suggestive of phlebitis and what you should do.
If you are reading this,  I think it is probably safe to assume that you already know that phlebitis is serious. If you don’t well, here are the facts.

  • Phlebitis is an inflammatory condition of the vein and it is always associated clot formation in the vein, which can spread and propagate into the deep veins. These clots can break loose and travel around to the lungs.
  • Some studies suggest that up to … Continue reading »

Phlebitis – A Serious and Sometimes Fatal Condition

Phlebitis is a medical term indicating that there is inflammation in the vein. Most commonly it affects the superficial leg veins and it is associated with localised swelling — a lump- which is red, tender and warm and sometimes the lump actually feels hot and painful.

Often, phlebitis comes on out of the blue for no apparent reason but very occasionally I see phlebitis as complication of some cancers, intravenous arm catheters used in hospital — drips – or sometimes as a reaction to some very irritant intravenous injections such as chemotherapy.  The standard case of superficial leg vein phlebitis seen … Continue reading »

Laser for Varicose Vein Removal

DrGajrajSurgery and stripping of varicose veins are now history. Endothermal treatment – using heat energy inside the vein – is now considered the best option for varicose vein removal.

How it Works: Endovenous laser – often abbreviated to EVLT or EVL – works by heating the abnormal unhealthy vein to a temperature at which it is cauterised, sterilised and devitalised. After numbing the skin with local anaesthetic, a fine needle is inserted into the vein under the guidance of ultrasound. Then a laser fibre is introduced and positioned very carefully inside the … Continue reading »

Phlebitis Is A Serious Condition – It Can Cause DVT

Earlier this month I saw a patient who was referred to me by his General Practitioner with phlebitis. His GP had been treating him with antibiotics and if anything, his leg was getting worse.

Now treating phlebitis with antibiotics is simply wrong and I am going to tell you the truth about phlebitis.

What happens in Phlebitis

What happens in Phlebitis

Phlebitis is simply a medical term indicating that there is inflammation in the vein. Most commonly it affects the superficial leg veins and it is associated with … Continue reading »

Will I Get A Leg Ulcer Doctor?

A question that I am commonly asked is “Will I get a leg ulcer, doctor?” This is the most feared complication among people with varicose veins in my opinion. The good news is that serious medical complications such as bleeding, phlebitis and leg ulcers are actually not very common even among people with quite severe varicose veins.

Nevertheless, varicose veins are unsightly, they ache, throb and itch, particularly after prolonged standing and in hot weather. Untreated, they usually get worse and spread. Treatment at an early stage gives better cosmetic results, it relieves symptoms and it reduces the risks of complications.

Recently … Continue reading »

NHS Not Providing Adequate Training

Vein Specialists in Training

NHS Not Training Vein Specialists

Varicose Vein Treatment is being rationed by the NHS and many people are finding it very difficult to get their veins assessed and treated.

Between 1998 and 2008, the number of patients with varicose veins treated in the NHS fell by over a third!

One of the consequences of this is that doctors in the NHS are not being adequately trained on how to look after people with thread veins, varicose veins and vein complications such as deep vein … Continue reading »

Sigvaris Stockings “Cured” My Veins!

Paula Quantock of Yeovil Somerset

A Surprised and Very Pleased Paula Quantock

Phlebitis is a common and unpleasant complication of varicose veins. Usually, the problem requires intervention, but occasionally if it is treated promptly with good and effective compression, the vein heals and disperses. Today I met Paula Quantock from Yeovil in Somerset and it seems that she is one of the few lucky people for whom this painful complication appears to have had a happy outcome.

Paula’s Story

“I first noticed the veins … Continue reading »