How to Treat Superficial Thrombophlebitis?

Q:
How to treat superficial thrombophlebitis?

A:
Superficial thrombophlebitis, or superficial venous thrombosis, is the inflammation of the superficial veins. It can affect most superficial venous systems in the body and importantly can be associated with deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Several ways can be used to treat superficial thrombophlebitis, some of them are as follows:

Compression Stockings
In the early stages of superficial thrombophlebitis in the leg, dangling the extremity without external support from stockings or elastic bandages can lead to leg swelling and increases the pain.

Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin
It is suggested that anticoagulation with low-molecular-weight is better in reducing local signs and symptoms, along with reducing propagation to deep venous thrombosis.

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Like LMWH, NSAIDs can also reduce the risk of extension of superficial thrombophlebitis into the deep venous system along with decreasing recurrence. Besides, NSAIDs are more easily administered than LMWH.

Antibiotics
Antibiotics can cover skin flora and anaerobic organisms, especially if an abscess is present in superficial thrombophlebitis.

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