A blood clot in the leg is a serious condition that needs to be examined right away. Blood clots can be an indication of a very serious underlying problem and, if not treated quickly, could lead to a stroke, internal bleeding, and a variety of other health conditions.
There are five common symptoms of blood clots in the leg that must be assessed by a physician to determine whether or not a blood clot exists. If you notice these symptoms, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
The most common form of a blood clot in a leg is swelling. If you notice that one of your legs is swelling up and there is no other explanation for it, there is a good chance the swelling is due to a blood clot.
In the majority of situations in which there is a blood clot, the swelling will be limited to only the leg that is affected. However, if you notice swelling in both legs, you should still go to see your doctor for a full examination.
2. Pain or Discomfort
Another common symptom of a blood clot is if you have pain or discomfort. Many people will feel pain in their legs due to a variety of injuries, which can include being hit, falling down, or exercising too hard. While most people will believe that the pain is the result of a personal injury, it could actually be from a blood clot.
If you notice that you have pain in your leg and do not remember having an injury that could have caused the pain, you should have it examined for a blood clot. This is especially true if you notice that the pain is getting worse with time.
Beyond swelling and discomfort, another very common symptom that people will have with a blood clot is discoloration. When you have a blood clot in your leg, not all blood is flowing through your leg. This will then lead to an accumulation of blood in a certain area of your leg.
Once the blood has continued to accumulate, it will begin to appear red or blue through your skin. If this is combined with swelling, it is a clear indication of a blood clot.
4. Warm to the Touch
The fourth symptom of blood clots that can help to separate it from other types of injuries is the area feels warmer. Those that have a blood clot will often feel a sense of warmth in their leg, but it can also be warm to the touch on the outside as well.
This is due to the accumulation of blood in that area of the leg. Typically, the warmth will only get worse with time.
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