Heparin for edema

Heparin is a substance that prevents blood clotting. Synthesized in humans and animals andregulates most biochemical processes, acting as an anticoagulant of a wide spectrum. The therapeutic properties of heparin in topical application are based on anti-edematous, anticoagulant and antithrombotic action, improvement of blood microcirculation and tissue metabolism.

Indications for the use of the drug are the treatment and prevention of thrombosis, thromboembolism, thromboembolic complications and varicosity.

Parenteral (bypassing the digestive tract) heparin is used in the following cases:

  • Early degree of myocardial infarction
  • Acute occlusion of the coronary arteries
  • Maintenance of blood in a liquid state in devices of artificial circulation
  • Prevention of postoperative thrombosis of veins
  • Prevention of blood clotting in laboratory studies
  • Complication after surgical removal of subcutaneous veins on the legs
  • Varicose veins and its complications, in particular migrating phlebitis, thrombophlebitis of external veins, varicose ulcers
  • Thrombosis of hemorrhoidal veins
  • Injuries to muscles and tendons, ligament ruptures, dislocations
  • Sports injuries, bruises, subcutaneous hematomas, swelling
  • Phlebitis to the ambassador of intravenous injections

Contraindications for the application of heparin are associated with diseases,accompanied by a slowdown of blood clotting. It is also not recommended to use the drug for hemorrhagic diathesis and stroke, any bleeding, severe violations of the liver and kidneys, low hemoglobin in the blood. In rare cases, heparin can cause allergic reactions.

Use of heparin during pregnancy and lactation

During pregnancy, many womenthe twentieth week of pregnancy there is an increase in the number of platelets to the blood. This situation is quite dangerous, as it can cause the formation of blood clots. In foreign practice, heparin is often used in pregnancy, since it is believed that it does not harm the child. Despite the fact that the use of the drug may cause adverse reactions, physicians believe that the benefits of its use are incommensurably higher. And studies conducted by Swedish scientists have shown that the placenta prevents the penetration of heparin.

When lactating, heparin is used strictly according to the doctor's prescription and the indications for its appointment should be sufficiently significant and commensurate with the risk of complications.

Heparin ointment and its use

One of the most popular drugs on the basis ofheparin is traditionally considered a heparin ointment. It is widely used for the treatment of heaviness in the legs, dilating pain, swelling and itching, which are the first signs of a beginning varicose veins.

The prevalence of this tool is largelyis due to its affordable price and good clinical effect. Modern medicine has developed many drugs for the treatment of varicose veins, but in all of them the main component remains the heparin ointment.

To achieve a visible clinical effect, ointmentshould be used for a long time, not less than 10-15 days. The drug is applied to the zone of initial sclerotic changes, and for ulcerative thrombophlebitis - to the areas located in the immediate vicinity of the lesion.
Do not apply heparin ointment on the wound surface or directly on the trophic ulcer, as this can cause bleeding.

Apply ointment 2-3 times a day, while you need to rub it into the skin with light circular motions. The action of the drug may be accompanied by a slight burning or tingling at the site of application.

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