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Dr. Camilla Graham answered:

My husband is 64, had a lowgrade fever of 100 degrees F, and extreme fatigue. His right elbow is red, hot, and swollen.

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The elbow is a complicated part of the body, and infections can spread to the joint, the bones, or the bursa. He needs to be evaluated to see if he needs antibiotics, cultures, or other management. I hope he feels better soon.
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My husband has a bump by his elbow. it is red, hot and swollen. he woke up saturday morning with it. we don't see any bite marks?

Olecronon Bursitis

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THere is a large bursa over the elbow that normally is flat. It can become swollen from injury or infection. Sometimes just leaning on the elbow will cause some inflammation, usally goes away with heat and ibuprofen. IF his elbow is real painful and it hurts to move his elbow, I am very concerned about a possible infection. This often needs to be drained. See your doctor.
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Have 3 auto-immune probs. 4/2013 got cellulitis (R) hand. Antibiotics resulted in c-diff. Had blood draw this week, also canning tomatoes. (R)hand red, hot, swollen headed almost to elbow. MD or ER?

Cellulitis

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If your redness is spreading quickly and you are not able to get in to see your doc today or tomorrow, then go to ER. You may need to be placed on i/v antibiotics. Make sure to take probiotic supplement to lower your chance of C. Diff recurrence.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

Daughter, 25, just had a procedure yesterday to burst a kidney stone. They put her to sleep went up in. Today left elbow swollen & hot no pain?

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If she have no problems in the elbow before most likely some pressure from positioning during the procedure she have most likely will subside. The second reason she could have problems in the elbow and know she recurrence of it. Did she have gout?. If so should be treat it.
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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin answered:

Why is the bone by my elbow swollen and sore?

Several potentials

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If there has been an associated injury, a fracture could certainly cause swelling and soreness. An infection is also a possibility, especially if there is associated redness and/or warmth. Olecranon bursitis is a condition at the elbow which can also cause swelling and pain. See a physician if symptoms persist.
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Dr. Lonna Larsh answered:

husband has his elbow swollen with puss and blood the size of a golf ball. he has had it for 2 months and hasnt cleared with ceplhacon?

Difficult problem

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Olecranon bursitis/infections can be very difficult to cure. His doctor will need to aspirate and culture out the pus (if he/she hasn't done that already) to find the right antibiotic. Sometimes these need to be treated with intravenous antibiotics and sometimes require surgery.
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Dr. Randall Bock answered:

i have a painful red swollen streak from my armpit to below my elbow on my inner arm. it's slowly going down my arm.?

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hard to tell here. It could be a superficial rash such as poison ivy, but if it's below the skin it could be a type of infection or inflammation such as cellulitis, or an infection along a vein or lymph channel. A photograph would certainly help.
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Dr. Oscar Novick answered:

I had a bout of mrsa on my elbow 2 weeks ago. They gave me Bactrim, but now my nostril is red hard and swollen could this mrsa???

MRSA source

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Your nose could have been your original source ofMRSA.get a culture to see if your infection is still active
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

Hands tingling, elbow swollen and protein in urine. What are these symptoms of?

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The first thing that comes to mind is diabetes, however, it would not be prudent to make a diagnosis without additional history, physical examination and may be additional tests.
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Shoulder pain. boils. are these connected. pain travelling from shoulder down to elbow. swollen index finger?

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What are you doing about it? It doesn't sound like you can wait past today without addressing this immediately with a health care professional. Things can get worse, much, much worse, in the next couple of hours. I would act now to address this.
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