Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

In addition to medical treatments, there are some self-care measures you can take to help improve thrombophlebitis.

If you have superficial thrombophlebitis:

  • Use a warm washcloth to apply heat to the involved area several times daily
  • Elevate your leg
  • Use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others), if recommended by your doctor

If you have deep vein thrombosis:

  • Take prescription anticoagulant medications as directed to prevent complications
  • Elevate your leg if it's swollen
  • Wear your prescription compression stockings as directed

If you're taking warfarin, ask your doctor if you need to alter your diet. Foods high in vitamin K, such as leafy green vegetables and canola oil, can affect the way this medication works.

Aspirin isn't recommended for people taking warfarin (Coumadin) because it could thin your blood too much. Let your doctor know if you're already taking aspirin for another reason.

Feb. 22, 2014