Skip to main content
Phlebitis (superficial thrombophlebitis)

Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein. An inflamed vein near the surface of the skin caused by a blood clot is known as superficial thrombophlebitis.

The main symptoms of phlebitis are pain and redness in the affected area.

There are things you can do to ease symptoms of phlebitis, such as raising the affected area, keeping active to help blood flow, and taking ibuprofen.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptoms of phlebitis are pain and redness in the affected area.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of superficial thrombophlebitis include:

This is usually on the lower leg, although it can occasionally affect surface veins in the arms, penis or breast.

Read more on the NHS website.

There are things you can do to ease symptoms of phlebitis, such as raising the affected area, keeping active to help blood flow, and taking ibuprofen.

Medical treatments

Phlebitis is inflammation, not infection, so antibiotics are not helpful.

You can follow this advice to help reduce any pain and swelling:

  • raise the leg to help reduce swelling
  • ask your doctor if compression stockings would be suitable for you to help reduce swelling
  • keep active to keep the blood circulating
  • press a cold flannel over the vein to ease any pain
  • take anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen
  • rub an anti-inflammatory cream or gel on the area if the affected area is only small

Read more on the NHS website.