Superficial thrombophlebitis refers to an inflamed vein near the surface of the skin, usually a varicose vein, caused by a blood clot or injury. The condition is rarely serious and can usually be treated with warm compresses and anti-inflammatory drugs.
On the other hand, deep vein thrombophlebitis (DVT) occurs in the veins located deeper in the tissue. The danger is that a blood clot within the vein might break off and travel to the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism and can become a life threatening situation.
Keeping track of inflammation throughout the body and in the veins can be done by getting regular screenings with Thermography (Infra-Red Imaging). Thermologists (interpreting doctors) can see the areas where venous inflammation might be present, alerting you and your healthcare practitioner to be on the lookout for further developments.
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