Thrombophlebitis -- What to Look for and What to Do

One of the most dangerous venous issues that can affect a person is thrombophlebitis.  This is, put as simply as possible, a blood clot that forms in a damaged or inflamed section of a vein.  Sometimes these blood clots happen to form deep inside the body’s tissues (DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, as this is called can also be a life-threatening situation), but other times they collect themselves in an inflamed section of a vein nearer to the top of the skin.

Here Comes the Fall

Well, that nightly chill in the air can only mean one thing.  Summer is moving its way past us and winter is rounding the bend.  Here in the South, we know that winter is only the briefest respite from the ugly heat and humidity of the summer months (which, at least below the Mason-Dixon Line, can seem to drag on for upwards of even 10 months a year).  However, even while we are enjoying our cooler weather, people suffering from varicose veins need to know a few things about how the winter months may affect their situation.

Circulation

Many people (myself included) have a bad habit.  It can develop early and may never go away without focus.  We think we are just making ourselves a bit more comfortable, when in reality we are causing ourselves quite a bit of undue damage, cutting off circulation, and generally impeding our vascular health.  The bad habit, of course, is simple: we are crossing our legs way, way too much.

Cool Your Jets

Summer is a beast in the South.  The heat can be oppressive.  You always think that you will be used to it this year--it’s always humid and usually hot below the Mason-Dixon, regardless of the month.  Then June rolls around, and the heat index starts to climb higher and higher.  By mid-August, it can be difficult to walk outside, the air is so thick with humidity.  Every movement starts to feel like a trudge.

Varicose Veins & Pregnancy

Varicose veins, those unsightly, bulging, vein inflammations that can show up on any of us at any time, are especially common in pregnant women.  Because of the added blood volume, the weight of an extra human, and the added strain on her muscles, the mom-to-be has an extra difficult hill to climb trying to keep away such blemishes.  Here are a few tips to help stave off the problem:

Fall is Best for Vein Evaluations

As the summer heat fades and we finally start to see some cooler weather, it’s the perfect time to come in for a varicose vein evaluation.

It could take 6-12 weeks for your insurance company to approve treatment, and fall makes it much more comfortable to start wearing long, cozy compression socks—just one of many “conservative therapies” most insurance companies require.

Sclerotherapy

“Sclerotherapy” comes from the Greek words sklerosis (a hardening of tissue) and therapeia (restorative treatment).  The term refers to a treatment for venous disease that involves the injection of a medical agent into the afflicted veins.  The substance hardens the veins and closes it off to be reabsorbed into the body.  

The Facts on Blood

The word “blood” carries a whole host of connotations, having at least ten different usages in modern English.  It can be a noun, adjective or verb, yet all of them call to mind the truest definition, that of our “liquid of life.”  In stories, myths, religious ceremonies since time incalculable blood has been a symbol of the miracle of life.

DVT Explained

Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is a serious medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins in the body, oftentimes in the legs.  DVT may cause some symptoms, swelling and pain and such, but may often leave the sufferer completely unaware of his or her condition. Many times, someone with deep vein thrombosis will not know they have a situation until the clot breaks free and lodges in the lungs, a condition known as a pulmonary embolism.  This life-threatening condition may be the first symptom of DVT that the victim notices. 

Your Vascular Health

One of the miracles of modern technology is that human beings continue to live longer and longer.  Life expectancy has been on a constant rise for decades.  Unfortunately, this often means that people are living longer with chronic conditions.  Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death and disability, and thus is a major concern public health.

A Word on Aneurysms

An aneurysm is when part of an artery becomes weakened and widens or “balloons” out.  They can be caused by all sorts of elements, from congenital factors to injury and disease.  Aneurysms may occur anywhere in the body, though the brain, heart, legs, intestine, and spleen are the most common locations.  An aneurysm may grow over a long period of time without causing any visible symptoms, though ones that develop closer to the skin may be visible and even painful.

Summer Relief for Varicose Veins

For those who suffer from varicose veins, the warmer summer weather brings new problems. From increased self-consciousness about wearing leg-baring shorts or bathing suits to exacerbated symptoms, summer isn’t necessarily a favorite season. If you suffer from vein problems, you should visit a vein specialist as soon as possible to get help reducing the pain of varicose veins or to eliminate the need to hide your veiny legs. In the meantime, here are six tips to help reduce your discomfort so you can enjoy the summer months.