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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is phlebitis?

Phlebitis is inflammation of the wall of your vein. Inflammation may be caused by damage to or infection of your vein. Phlebitis may occur in a vein in your arm or leg. Symptoms include pain, redness, and swelling near the vein. Symptoms may appear when you are receiving an IV medication, or 48 to 96 hours after you receive the medicine.


What increases my risk for phlebitis?

How is phlebitis treated?

Medicines may be given to decrease pain and swelling. Your IV catheter will be removed. Do the following to manage your symptoms:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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