Phlebitis or inflammation of the veins may present with pain, tenderness, redness, and bulging of the vein
. Fever, pus, and palpable cords along the course of the vein
may be a sign of a superficial clot or superficial thrombophlebitis, or infection. Physical examination and diagnostic tests such as ultrasound may help. Superficial phlebitis can be treated by applying warm compresses, elevation of the involved extremity, encouraging ambulation , and anti-inflammatory medications.