Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the medical term for blood clots which develop in the calf and thigh of the leg. Typically, this is the one clot within the deep vein, but it can be many. The condition can cause severe pain and further medical issues including pulmonary embolism. With this in mind, treating deep vein thrombosis is key to reducing symptoms and minimising the chance of further complications.
The condition is usually considered to be a travel-related illness, due to long stints of inactivity on flights, however deep vein thrombosis can be caused by any long periods of inactivity, especially after operations.
Treating deep vein thrombosis
If you suspect you are suffering from DVT, or you have unusual pain in your leg, you should see your GP to be diagnosed. From there you can discuss treating deep vein thrombosis and reducing the severity of your symptoms.
When treating deep vein thrombosis you will need to take a type of medicine called an anticoagulant. These medicines stint the growth of the blood clot, and stop it from breaking off to create other dispersed clots, referred to as embolisms.
You will also need to incorporate exercise into your daily regime when treating deep vein thrombosis. Your doctor will advise a course of exercise for you to undertake. Raising your leg while you are sat at home, or at work, can be beneficial in treating deep vein thrombosis.
Preventing deep vein thrombosis
While you may not consider the risk of sustaining such holiday ailments when your board your flight, an awareness of deep vein thrombosis is sometimes all it takes to reduce the chance of experiencing this condition.
When on a flight, get up and stretch your legs at regular intervals. You can also purchase DVT socks, which help prevent this travel condition from occurring.
Generally, day to day, you can reduce the risk of sustaining deep vein thrombosis by leading a healthy lifestyle. Make wise food choices, incorporate exercise into your daily regime, and don’t smoke.
Claiming travel accident compensation
If you have experienced a holiday accident or illness through no fault of your own, and you believe a third party is to blame for the harm you have suffered, Accident Advice Helpline could help you recover the travel accident compensation you deserve.
For more information, speak with one of our specialist advisors today. Call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice