There phlebitis it is a rather annoying condition, often represented by superficial inflammation of the veins in the legs, although it is not uncommon for this discomfort to affect other areas of the body, such as the pelvic area.
Signs of phlebitis
Most people don't know they have this problem until they see redness or swelling appear in the areas directly affected by the condition. As for the determinants of this situation, as your doctor can confirm, the phlebitis is as a rule the result of an infection locally or present elsewhere in the body.
Of course, phlebitis can appear at different levels of intensity, leading to deep vein thrombosis, which is phlebitis of the deep veins, which in turn promotes blood clots. This can cause pain, swelling, fever, or chills. The first signs may be a brown discoloration of the skin on the lower legs and, if neglected, due to the clots, it can cause a stroke or even death.
Causes and treatments of phlebitis
Regarding the causes, phlebitis can be triggered by factors such as smoking, physical injury, birth control pills or other factors still largely unknown.
As for medical treatments, these are mainly used to reduce inflammation in superficial phlebitis with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Deep vein thrombosis can be treated with drugs similar to heparin, aspirin or warfarin, which in some cases can play a real life-saving role in the short term. But beware: these drugs only treat symptoms, and can lead to associated toxicity and side effects. Diagnosis is important to rule out other problems, and to avoid blood clots.
Natural remedies for phlebitis
Not all people know that some practices exist natural remedies for phlebitis, which can be used above all in preventive terms. From supplements to various herbal products, the list of components that can be used is very long and varied, depending on the theories of their promoters.
Beyond this, one thing is certain: in order to prevent phlebitis, it can certainly be useful to abandon bad habits, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, overdoing coffee. It is also very important to approach with regular and moderate physical exercise, a cure-all against superficial phlebitis, while it is necessary to speak to your doctor for a more specific preventive treatment if you want to take more effective measures against deep vein thrombosis.
As for the anti-phlebitis supplements, the most common are found based on vitamin C with Bioflavonoids, vitamin E (anticoagulant), zinc (50 mg per day, to strengthen the blood veins). Some people also suggest taking 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax fiber.
Even the herbs for phlebitis they can play a supporting role, thanks to their specific strengthening / toning properties. The goal is to thin the blood, reduce inflammation and strengthen the walls of the veins.
Among the most common herbs in natural recipes against phlebitis we find boswellia (powerful anti-inflammatory and tissue healer), ginger (blood thinner), gingko biloba (helps circulation and tissue integrity), hawthorn berries (they help the integrity of the vein, nerve tissue and circulatory health).
Homeopathic remedies for phlebitis
Then there is a long series of homeopathic remedies, non-toxic, safe natural products, although not widely recognized by traditional medicine.
Among the best known and sold are those based on Arnica and Belladonna.
Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis
Often the terms of phlebitis is thrombophlebitis they are used as synonyms but… it is wrong.
There phlebitis indicates inflammation of a vein. There thrombophlebitis instead it refers to a blood clot that causes inflammation. Phlebitis can be superficial, in the skin, or deep, in the tissues under the skin.
There superficial phlebitis it is a phlebitis that is found in a superficial vein below the surface of the skin. There deep vein thrombophlebitis instead it refers to a blood clot that causes phlebitis in the deeper veins. Deep vein thrombophlebitis is also referred to as deep vein thrombosis in some texts.
We recall in this sense that superficial thrombosis or phlebitis are typically benign conditions and have a favorable prognosis. A blood clot (thrombus) in the saphenous vein can therefore be an exception (this is the large long vein on the inner side of the legs): thrombophlebitis in the saphenous vein can sometimes be associated with underlying deep vein thrombophlebitis.
On the other hand, deep vein thrombosis of the upper and lower extremities can be a more serious problem that can lead to a blood clot traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs and resulting in pulmonary embolism, which can in turn damage tissue. lung disease in a severe and sometimes fatal manner.
In order to know more, we invite all our readers to talk to their doctor of reference, the only professional who will obviously be able to provide qualified advice on your state of health, diagnosis and treatments, including preventives, useful for finding or keeping the right well-being.