Vein Infections

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Vein Infections
Veins can become inflamed, leading to infection. (mains veinées image by Francis Lempérière from

Veins can become inflamed and infected, which if left untreated can become a serious condition. If you suspect you have a vein infection, you will need antibiotics to treat the infection before it spreads. Veins carry blood around the body, so the infection can spread quickly and seriously.

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Infections usually start out as inflammation of the vein just beneath the skin. The inflammation usually goes away in a few weeks, but the vein can become infected. This can happen if you have a drip inserted for long periods, or have a compromised immune system.


When a vein becomes infected, the area becomes increasingly painful and the pain spreads further, such as down a leg or arm. You may notice the limb becomes red and the redness spreads down the limb. You may also feel unwell and possibly have a temperature.


A vein infection is treated with antibiotics, which should stop it from spreading. If the infection has already spread or is severe, you may need to be admitted into a hospital to be given antibiotics intravenously.

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