Phlebitis - Causes

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Published: January 22

Well my first case of phlebitis was when I was in the Marine Corps back in 1965 at Camp Pendleton in California. My lower left leg was swollen to nearly twice its normal size. I'm curious as to what may have caused it, as my life-style back then as a 17 yr old infantry recruit was hardly sedentary. Also other than donating blood on two occasions during that time period, I didn't have any intravenous catheters inserted..

Published: October 14

I traveled 22 hours in a plane and when I got home my leg was three times its normal size. I then developed phlebitis. I used a hot towel wrapped around my leg with a heating pad and Ibuprofen. I also took an aspirin at night to thin the blood and after a few weeks it will be gone.