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Old 03-20-2009, 03:02 PM
irishgirl irishgirl is offline
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Could be phlebitis- in which case witch-hazel liquid applied liberally will help.
Could be that the IV tissued and the drug ended up in the tissues instead of the veins- in which case try heat, topical anti-inflammatories and painkillers.
Could be an infection- if it is red, hot, swollen, and feels soft, boggy or "fluctuant" to touch you should seek medical attention.

If your whole arm, rather than just a small local area, is sore or you don't feel well (any of: shaky, sweaty, feverish, poor appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting, headachy etc) get yourself to an ER ASAP.

IV cannulas are a relatively common source of blood infections and cellulitis- feeling generally unwell could be a warning sign of that.