Appearance and Symptoms
So, what does phlebitis look like? Veins that are closer to the surface of the skin, particularly superficial veins, may look reddish-blue in color and may appear larger than they normally are. The affected area may become swollen, warm to the touch, and appear red. There may be a thin, long red line in the affected area traveling the path of the inflammation. The deeper veins often cannot be seen, but they are considered far more dangerous.
The symptoms of superficial veins include itching, infection, burning or throbbing, tenderness and soreness, pain, and a low-grade fever. The patient may notice her symptoms are worse when she first gets out of bed in the morning.
The symptoms of deep veins include redness, swelling, warmth, and pain in the affected area. In some cases, the swelling and pain may affect the entirety of the affected limb. Some patients may experience no symptoms and many of the superficial vein symptoms also apply to the deep veins.