It is important that all of our blood vessels are kept clear of obstructions in order for the blood to be able to flow freely through them. Sometimes, however, blood clots can form in the veins, thus slowing down the flow of blood. This can, in turn, cause an inflammation of the blood vessels in the area in a condition known as thrombophlebitis.
Thrombophlebitis will usually happen in the legs but it can sometimes happen in the arms. It can occur deep below the skin, which is known as deep vein thrombosis, or closer to the surface, which is known as superficial thrombophlebitis.
Here’s a look at some of the most common symptoms.
Symptom #1: Swelling
It is not uncommon for parts of our bodies to become swollen. It is often part of the healing process, but can also sometimes be down to inflammation of certain body parts. The latter is the case in thrombophlebitis, and the swelling can be very noticeable indeed.
The swelling is most likely to be noticeable in superficial thrombophlebitis, which is when the affected vein is just beneath the surface of the skin. In addition to the swelling, the area is also like to be visibly red. If you are experiencing these symptoms, then you should arrange to get it checked out if you have not done so already.