When a person has superficial vein thrombosis, they are dealing with a condition caused by a blood clot that sits right underneath the surface of the skin. This blood clot in their vein causes the vein to become inflamed. While this condition can happen in different parts of the body, it most commonly happens in a person’s legs. Other parts of the body where superficial vein thrombosis may be present include the neck and the arms. Although this condition can affect anyone, superficial vein thrombosis primarily affects females more than men.
Some of the symptoms of superficial vein thrombosis include things like veins that are red and inflamed. This redness and inflammation is going to affect the skin around the affected vein. When you touch the tissue around the affected vein, it is going to feel warm. There might even be a tender sensation or a pain that gets worse as you put pressure on it. If the vein that is inflamed is in your legs or in your arms, you might feel pain in the affected limb. Sometimes superficial vein thrombosis affects the appearance of the skin in the affected area. It might start to get darker, especially over the vein. Finally, you may notice that your veins are getting harder.
Understandably, any issue that affects your veins is serious, and it is important that you get medical care. You will want to contact our office, especially if it looks like the symptoms that you have are getting worse or if different symptoms appear. Some troubling symptoms associated with this condition would include fever and chills.
Although anyone can develop this disorder, there are some things that increase your risk of dealing with superficial vein thrombosis. For example, if you recently had an IV or a catheter in your vein, your risk of developing this disorder increases. This is also true for individuals who have varicose veins, who are obese, who are over the age of 60, who have endured an injury that affects their limbs, as well as women who are pregnant.
There is definitely a link between superficial vein thrombosis and other more serious issues. Most prevalent among these is deep vein thrombosis. Similar to superficial vein thrombosis, deep vein thrombosis is the result of a blood clot, but this time it’s a blood clot in a deeper vein.
During a consultation at Canada Vein Clinics, you can learn more about superficial vein thrombosis, including the available treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with us in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Ottawa, Orleans, Vaughan, Kawartha Lakes, Kanata, Dartmouth, Halifax or Moncton.