Is it safe to take an 11-hour flight if I have a superficial blood clot in one of my legs?

I have some redness and bruise-like pain (only on touching) on the front of my lower left leg. These symptoms are occurring near an area of varicose veins. I've been told I have a superficial blood clot that will resolve itself with elevation, NSAID cream, etc. I need to take an 11-hr flight in less than a week with return 14 days later. Is this safe? Should I wait until redness (less than 5cm) is completely gone? I did back and forth 8-hr flights 3 mos ago.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Wear compression hose above or below the knee depending upon where the clot is. Ensure they are correctly measured and fitted and of 20-30 mmHg pressure. Stay well-hydrated and get up and walk often. Do the exercises in the flight magazine. Take an aspirin (81 mg) daily if your doctor allows. NSAID cream won’t do too much but may feel a bit better.

Published on May 10, 2019

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Wear compression hose above or below the knee depending upon where the clot is. Ensure they are correctly measured and fitted and of 20-30 mmHg pressure. Stay well-hydrated and get up and walk often. Do the exercises in the flight magazine. Take an aspirin (81 mg) daily if your doctor allows. NSAID cream won’t do too much but may feel a bit better.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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