How do you know if you have a blood clot in your leg?
Symptoms of a blood clot in your leg
Many patients don’t have manifestations of thrombosis. Therefore, they may live for years with blood clots in deep veins and unaware of the condition. However, here are four signs that you may have a blood clot in your leg:
- Swelling usually in one leg: Blood clots can create unexplained swelling and tightness in one leg (often, your calf or thigh). The swelling will cause one of your legs big than the other leg.
- Pain in your leg: Since the clot blocks blood circulation, your leg may become painful and tender to the touch. The pain might resemble a severe muscle cramp feeling. You experience pain or tenderness more when you are standing or walking for a long time.
- Redness or darkening skin color: A blood clot in deep veins of your legs may form bits of redness or discolored around the painful area.
- The leg is warm to touch: You will have a feeling of warmness in the affected leg as the blood clot worsens.
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.
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.