Phlebitis Precaution

It’s not that much difficult to prevent phlebitis. Following points should be kept in mind to keep a reasonable distance from phlebitis:

  • Stay active and do regular exercise
  • Use Lumino Cielo compression socks to improve your blood flow as well as to help relieve your pain and swelling.
  • Avoid bed rest for prolonged periods.
  • Raise the leg above the level of heart to help reduce swelling
  • Getting up and about as soon as possible after surgery
  • Quitting smoking
  • Press a cold flannel over the vein to ease any pain
  • Standing up, stretching, and moving your feet periodically during long flights or car rides can help to develop phlebitis

Home Remedy of Phlebitis

As people age their health can often deteriorates, and one of the common ailments that people, particularly women, suffer from is phlebitis. For those who are interested in herbal medications, it is important to understand that while herbal treatments may help eliminate symptoms, their benefits are limited to the period of time that the medication is being taken. They do not fix the underlying cause of the symptoms.  Phlebitis can be managed with following home remedies:

  • The application of heat and cold alternatively is excellent for trying to reduce swelling in the affected area and to promote relaxation.
  • Taking a hot bath can also be a good for reducing inflammation and give relief.
  • Take vitamin B supplements regularly, especially those that consist of vitamin B12, 6 and folate. These vitamins help in ameliorating superficial phlebitis due to its various actions.
  • Turmeric is an effective remedy for phlebitis. Make sure that you eat turmeric in your food, and you can even apply it to the area of the phlebitis or clot.
  • Take ginger tea. Ginger is known to be effective against clot formation and to help general circulation.
  • Flaxeed oil is beneficial for veins and improves circulation preventing phlebitis. You can use this in salads.
  • Gotu kola is a trailing plant native to Asia. Its many uses include the treatment of venous insufficiency and the healing of wounds.
  • Red vine leaf extract, strengthen blood vessels and reduce inflammation, and it is used to maintain leg circulation and improve tired, heavy, aching legs.
  • Butcher’s broom has shown decreases in leg swelling, pain and stiffness due to phlebitis thereby improving circulation through the veins.

Treatment of Phlebitis

Treatment of phlebitis may depend on the location, extent, symptoms, and underlying medical conditions. Treatment includes:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can help lessen the pain and inflammation
  • Antibiotics can be prescribed to fight against infection.
  • Topical anti-inflammatory medications may also be beneficial, such as Diclofenac gel.
  • Catheter-directed thrombolysis.
  • Placement of inferior vena cava filters.
  • Surgery can be done in more severe cases.
  • Physical Therapy is recommended for improving the quality of life in phlebetic patients.