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    Default Experience with Phlebitis?

    A friend who wants to join us on our upcoming desert hike says he's a bit reluctant because he's afraid of reoccuring Phlebitis, which he has got sometimes in the past after several strenuos hiking days in a row.
    Now I have zero experience with this and want to ask here if anybody had this happen, how to prevent it and possible cure?

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    More information is needed. Exercise is the recommendation for preventing phlebitis so maybe there’s something more specific that’s happening when he hikes that’s causing the phlebitis. Is it in his legs? Has he tried wearing support socks, compression sleeves, or compression stockings? Does he elevate his legs at night? Does he push himself to hike more miles that he’s physically capable?

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    He's 72yrs now and had a older history of serious Alpinism, but spent several years as couch potato now.
    He says, when he's doing more than just a little hiking he might get Phlebitis in the (lower) legs and its hard to get rid of then.

    Unfortunately thats all I know, but your hint about compression socks is valuable.

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    ...as well as staying hydrated.

    There are other medical conditions associated with phlebitis and it would be wise to get cleared by his physician prior to your trip.

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    What are the trail logistics? Most importantly, are there any bail out points that can be easily accessed if needed. 72 years old and having a history of vascular issues is certainly something that needs to be planned for considering that his condition is already known to flair up with moderate activity. I'd get the doctor's recommendations before proceeding.

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    Thanks everybody.
    The trail is in a way that there is no support or bailout by car possible for 4 days, only camel might come to carry the guy out.
    I guess that this lack of easy bailout is what scares him a bit (and me to, I confess).

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