You can often feel the effects of a blood clot in the leg.
Early symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include swelling and tightness in the leg.
You may have a persistent, throbbing cramp-like feeling in the leg.
As the blood clot worsens, the skin around it often becomes red or discolored and feels warm to the touch.
How do you know if you have a blood clot in your leg?
The signs and symptoms of a DVT include:
- Swelling, usually in one leg (or arm)
- Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or Charley horse.
- Reddish or bluish skin discoloration.
- Leg (or arm) warm to touch.
How do you treat a blood clot in the leg at home?
To ease the pain and swelling of a DVT, you can try the following at home:
- Wear graduated compression stockings. These specially fitted stockings are tight at the feet and become gradually looser up on the leg, creating gentle pressure that keeps blood from pooling and clotting.
- Elevate the affected leg.
- Take walks.
What are the first signs of DVT?
7 early warning signs and symptoms of DVT
- Leg cramps, often starting in the calf.
- Leg pain that worsens when bending the foot.
- Bluish or whitish skin discoloration.
What happens if you have a blood clot in your leg?
A blood clot in a leg vein may cause pain, warmth and tenderness in the affected area. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but also can occur with no symptoms.