12 Remedies To Keep Phlebitis At Bay
A person who has experienced phlebitis know it is very painful. It is a frightening affliction that can claim a victim’s life without warning via blood clot lodged in the veins of the lungs.
Phlebitis just means inflammation of the veins. It is more correctly known as thrombophlebitis – ‘thrombo’ is the blood clot that constitutes its main danger. Two basic types of phlebitis exist deep vein thrombophlebitis or thrombosis, DVT for short, which is a more dangerous condition by far and superficial thrombophlebitis, the more common, less serious condition that we deal with here. Superficial thrombophlebitis is very rarely dangerous. As both of these are caused by long period of inactivity. Which includes a long flight or an extended period of bed rest – such as after an operation. Your genes might also put you at a greater risk of developing the condition and you are more at the risk if you have varicose veins.
Rather than panicking about the tender, ropy veins you can feel just below the surface of your skin, you can try these home remedies that may help you to complement the medical treatment: –
1. Come off the combined pill: –
If you ever have a history of phlebitis or blood clots. You should not use combined oral contraceptives which should contain both estrogen and progesterone. The incidence of deep vein thrombophlebitis in combined oral contraceptive users is estimated at about three to four time higher than in non-users.
Studies have even shown that in a quarter of cases of superficial thrombophlebitis, some deep vein thrombosis is present too, so even an essentially harmless superficial thrombophlebitis precludes combined pill use. Progesterone-only pills (sometimes called the mini-pill) are safe though.
2. Know your risks: –
Once you been a patient of phlebitis, you are at an increased risk of getting it again. Long periods of rest on the bed can make you especially vulnerable. You might not be able to prevent prolonged bed rest following an injury or serious illness, certain types of risk such as elective surgery can be avoided if you are prone to clotting disorders. Talk to your doctor about the risk factor and be aware that getting up and about as quickly as possible can help to reduce the risks of developing phlebitis after surgery.
3. Give it rest and warmth: –
Treat superficial phlebitis by putting your leg up and applying warm, moist heat. You don’t need to stay in bed, but resting with the leg raised 15 to 30 cm above the heart seems to speed up healing. The inflammation of superficial phlebitis usually disappears in a week to 10 days, though it may take three to six weeks to subside completely.
4. Get some exercise: –
Exercise – especially walking – tends to keep the veins emptied. Keeping your legs moving when they feel fine will help to improve the blood circulation so it is the best way to prevent the recurrence of phlebitis. ‘The veins are a low-pressure system and if the values that keep blood from flowing backward in the legs aren’t working properly such as in varicose veins the only way you are going to prevent blood from pooling is by walking.
5. Make lots of journey stops: –
If you ever had phlebitis in the past and are going on a long car journey then be sure to stop frequently and exercise. As exercise prevents your circulation from becoming sluggish as a result of sitting still for long periods.
6. Make lots of journey stops: –
If you are a sufferer of phlebitis in the past and are going to make a long car journey. Then be sure to stop frequently and exercise. Don’t stop just once during the trip for a long walk. Instead, stop four to five times and walk shorter distances. Exercise prevents your circulation from becoming sluggish as a result of sitting still for longer periods.
7. Beware the friendly skies: –
We all have heard about ‘economy class syndrome’ following a long flight. It rarely seems to strike passengers in roomy first-class seats but nobody seems to be quite sure of its cause.
Long flights or car journeys or any long period of inactivity can increase the risk of thrombosis. In airplanes, you tend to be confined to your seat more than while traveling by car, when you make regular stops. So if re going to take a long-haul flight, especially if you have phlebitis, get out of your seat and walk up and down the aisle every 30 minutes after taking off. Ask for an aisle seat so that you can not disturb the passengers sitting next to you or if you ‘re not able to get one you can move your feet up and down frequently to improve the circulation back from your legs to your heart. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic drinks.
8. Put your feet up when you’re bedridden: –
If you have had phlebitis and you are going to be bedridden for any length of time. Exercise your legs as much as you can while in bed and try this exercise for n hour: flex your feet, lifting your toes while keeping your heels down although you are pumping a piano pedal. Repeat for a minute or two.
9. Wear support tights: –
Stockings available in pharmacies and department stores help to prevent blood from pooling in small blood vessels closest to the skin.
10. Give up smoking: –
If you used to smoke and experience regular phlebitis, then you should immediately quit smoking. You could have Buerger’s disease, a severe and progressive condition affecting the small arteries, mainly in the legs and feet. It is directly related to smoking and the only cure is to give up all forms of tobacco.
11. Investigate aspirin: –
Some of the studies have suggested that the blood thinning properties of aspirin may help to reduce phlebitis by preventing rapid clot formation in those to the disease. These studies advise that you take aspirin before prolonged periods of bed rest, travel or surgery. All of these tend to make circulation alight sluggishly and increase the possibility of clotting.
12. Add vitamin E: –
A supplement to try vitamin E for its mild blood-thinning action. So take doses of 250 to 500 mg in a day.