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A Long Island Vein Specialist on Superficial Thrombophlebitis – Is it as Dangerous as DVT?

Long Island vein specialistNot all blood clot conditions are created equal. Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs when clots form in the veins just below the skin surface, usually in the legs. Deeper clots, such as those in deep vein thrombosis (DVT), are more dangerous. Both conditions can be treated by a Long Island vein specialist.

What are the differences between thrombophlebitis and DVT?

Superficial thrombophlebitis causes pain and swelling in the affected veins near the surface of the skin. The pain, which is often moderately uncomfortable or cramp-like, usually resolves itself in a week or two. Rest and over the counter pain relievers can reduce the discomfort.

DVT can be trickier to diagnose as it often doesn’t show noticeable symptoms. It can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness in the calf, leg, or groin that often resembles a muscle strain. DVT becomes dangerous if the clot breaks away from the vein wall and travels to the lungs—a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism (PE). Signs of PE can include chest pain and shortness of breath, and it requires immediate medical attention.

What causes thrombophlebitis and DVT?

Blood clots may be genetic, in addition to several major risk factors such as long periods of inactivity (bed rest or long-distance travel, for example), obesity, certain cancers and medications, as well as the presence of vein disease.

DNA or blood tests can determine if you carry an increased risk for developing blood clots based on your family history. If your Long Island vein specialist suspects DVT or thrombophlebitis, a venous ultrasound and physical exam will be done. If DVT is caught before the embolism mobilizes, we have easy outpatient procedures that can treat the problem. Because DVT is such a worrisome condition, it’s best to seek help as soon as possible. Call us at 516-821-0242 or go online to schedule your vein screening and learn your blood clot risk at one of the best Long Island vein treatment centers.

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