How do you know if you have a blood clot in your leg?
A blood clot is formed inside your blood vessels when your blood thickens.
Unfortunately, blood clots can be very dangerous if they move to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism that can be life-threatening.
Many patients don’t have manifestations of thrombosis. Therefore, they may live for years with blood clots in deep veins and be unaware of the condition.
In this article, we’ll show you the four warning signs of a blood clot in your leg.
1. Swelling usually in one leg
Blood clots can create unexplained swelling and tightness in one leg (often, your calf or thigh).
In fact, the swelling will cause one of your legs big than the other leg.
In most cases, eating too much salty food or prolonged standing or sitting can cause leg swelling.
However, if your leg swell for no obvious reason, seek medical attention right away because deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition.
2. Pain in your leg
To be clear: since the clot blocks blood circulation, your leg may become painful and tender to the touch.
In fact, the pain might resemble a severe muscle cramp feeling.
Well, you experience pain or tenderness more when you are standing or walking for a long time.
3. Redness or darkening skin color
One of the first signs of a blood clot in the leg is redness or darkening skin color.
In other words, a blood clot in the deep veins of your legs may form bits of redness or discolored around the painful area.
4. Your leg is warm to the touch
A blood clot in your leg vein may cause your leg is warm to the touch.
In other words, you will have a feeling of warmness in the affected leg as the blood clot worsens.
Note: If you suspect that you have blood clots or DVT, you should contact your doctor immediately for a proper check-up because deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be life-threatening if left unchecked.
With that said, let’s take a look at treatment and how you can prevent
of a blood clot in your leg.
Treatment of blood clot in your leg
The treatment commences with a visit to a doctor.
If your physician diagnoses you with a blood clot, he or she will prescribe anticoagulant medicines (blood thinners) such as heparin, warfarin, apixaban, and rivaroxaban, which prevent clotting of your blood and stop existing clots from getting more larger.
In the case of blood clots of the lower extremities’ deep veins, the doctor may suggest treatment with a laser or remove damaged veins through punctures or surgery.
Prevention of blood clot in your leg
- Eat healthily
- Don’t sit for long, particularly after a long journey or surgery
- Keeping a healthy weight
- Do regular exercise
- Avoid a sedentary lifestyle
- Wear compression stockings.
If you experience any of the following: difficulty breathing, chest pressure, sudden shortness of breath, pain when you take deep breaths or speaking, call your doctor or healthcare professional immediately.