Deep venous thrombosis
Deep venous thrombosis is the formation of blood clots in the deep blood vessels usually the veins of the lower extremities. This is the common area since blood tends to pool in the lower part of the body as a result of so many factors. Prolonged standing, lying down or periods of inactivity, pregnancy, surgery or malignancies may all lead to the development of deep venous thrombosis.
The first line of treatment for venous thrombosis is the use of medications. Medications for this condition are appropriately called blood thinners since these thin the blood to prevent existing blood clots from getting bigger. These medications will also thin blood to prevent the development of future clots. But aside from using medications, doctors may also advise patients to follow some home remedies for deep vein thrombosis.
Diet is important
Eating healthy foods free from preservatives and chemicals will help aggravating this condition. If you are obese or overweight then you should consider using a healthy diet to reduce weight. You should also avoid foods that are rich in vitamin K. This vitamin thins blood as well you could bleed profusely if you are taking blood thinners. Foods that are rich in vitamin K are dark leafy vegetables, cabbages and prunes.
Use compression stockings
These are highly elastic stockings made of material that is used for diving suits and compression suits. These are placed around the leg area to reduce the risk of forming clots in the leg. Compression stockings are worn all day and may be a bit uncomfortable and restricting but once you get to wear them every day, these will feel more comfortable in the long run. There are different sizes and lengths of compression stockings but the most common are the ones that compress the lower leg including the thighs.
If you sit or stand for a long period of time then you should get up and exercise. Just by walking around or jogging could help prevent the pooling of blood in your legs and reduce symptoms such as swelling, pain and numbness. If you need to sit for a long period of time, you may raise or lower your legs as a remedy for pain and swelling.
Warmth will soothe pain, reduce swelling and will also help remove discomfort to allow you to walk and do normal activities. Warm compresses will help. Simply soak a small towel in a basin of hot/warm water and then place over your legs. Make sure that the calves and the thighs are covered. Replace the towel once these have gone cold. You may also use a warm electric blanket or a water bottle to keep your legs warm. Raising your legs as you sit or lie down will also help reduce pooling of blood on the lower extremities.
Aside from following these home remedies for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis, the patient must follow regular check-ups especially when he is taking blood thinners or other kinds of medications for this condition.