If the health care professional makes the diagnosis of superficial phlebitis, the treatment includes warm compresses and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. Compression stockings may be helpful.
If there is a skin infection associated with the superficial phlebitis, antibiotics may be prescribed.
If the diagnosis is deep vein thrombophlebitis (DVT), anticoagulation or thinning the blood is required to prevent pulmonary embolism. Initial treatment may begin with enoxaparin (Lovenox), an injectable medication that immediately thins the blood. Warfarin (Coumadin) is also started immediately but takes a few days to reach therapeutic levels in the blood, so Lovenox is used as a bridge until that occurs. INR is a blood test that measures the clotting function of blood and is used as a guide to determine warfarin dosing.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014
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