Can you feel a blood clot form? How do you know if it's a blood clot or nothing serious at all? What should you do if you suspect you have a blood clot? Since blood clots can become quite serious, resulting in an embolism or aneurysm, you will want to learn how to identify a blood clot and what to do if you have one.
As to whether you will feel a blood clot forming? The answer depends on where the blood clot forms and how big of a clot has formed.
In most cases you will not feel a blood clot form. Many blood clots form deep inside the tissue, not near the surface of the skin. You may feel the result of such a blood clot because your arm, leg or groin becomes hot, swollen and painful, but you probably won't feel the actual clot itself.
If the clot forms in a vein that is just under the surface of the skin, you probably will feel the clot once it forms. You might notice warm in that area, followed by a slight swelling and the protrusion of the vein. It may feel like a hard, tender cord in your leg, arm or groin area. When you touch it, the clot will feel like a knot under your skin. It will probably be painful or sensitive to the touch, and if you stand on that leg or lean on that arm, it may hurt.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, you should get into your doctor as soon as possible to have the blood clot evaluated. Take an aspirin to help your blood thin and to encourage the clot to break up. Apply warm washcloths to the blood clot. You don't want to dislodge the clot where it might affect your heart, lungs or brain, but you do want to break it down so the blood can flow normally and the clot will no longer be dangerous.
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