Thanks for writing in to us.
Unfortunately, the nurse could not locate your vein properly and ended up having multiple pricks which might have caused local pooling of blood beneath the skin surface.As you have written in, there is swelling and inflammation at the injection site. You have developed a superficial phlebitis
(inflammation of superficial veins). This is an uncomfortable situation bit not a serious one.
Symptoms depend on the location of the inflammation. Superficial phlebitis can cause symptoms such as:
along the path of the vein
•Warmth, tenderness, or swelling in affected area
•Itching or burning in affected area
For superficial phlebitis, self care measures can help relieve symptoms. Conventional treatment usually involves elevating the affected limb and applying warm compresses to ease discomfort. Compression stockings and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen
may also help alleviate pain. Applying Heparin
ointment (Thrombophob) can make the recovery fast.
Hope this helps