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Understanding Thrombophlebitis -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Thrombophlebitis?

Common symptoms when this condition develops in a vein may include:

  • Red, swollen, and irritated skin and tissue around the area, such as along an affected leg
  • Painful, warm, tender, or hard sensations in the area
  • Pain or tenderness that increases when you put pressure on the affected area
  • A swollen vein that feels like a tough "cord" under your skin
  • Pain when flexing your ankle
  • Swollen foot or ankle, especially if only one side is swollen

If you exhibit any of these symptoms, a doctor will do a physical examination and may order circulation tests or some blood tests to confirm that you have this condition or to see if you are at risk.

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Symptoms and Tests for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis -- a blood clot in a deep vein, often in your leg -- can look like many other health problems. And half the time, DVT causes no symptoms. If you're over 60, you smoke, you're overweight, or you sit for long periods of time, your risk for the condition is higher -- so stay alert for some possible signs of a problem. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you think you might have DVT.

Read the Symptoms and Tests for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) article > >

Call Your Doctor About Thrombophlebitis If:

  • One leg seems warmer than the other or is swollen, red, painful, or irritated.
  • You have already been diagnosed and treated for thrombophlebitis but the symptoms get worse or don't get better.
  • Your limb becomes pale or cold, or you start feeling chills and fever.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 23, 2015

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