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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?

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: 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. ...Read more

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I woke up with a bite by my elbow and it's swollen, red and hard what should I do?

I woke up with a bite  by my elbow and it's swollen, red and hard what should I do?

Have it evaluated.: It would be infected. Have it evaluated by a doctor if you are concerned. It may also just improved with time. ...Read more

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Managing Tennis Elbow (Checklist)

Remember to rest your elbow and arm
Daily
Take anti-inflammatories to address pain
Daily
Try physical therapy to help recovery
1 Hrs, Weekly for 14 days
Take breaks when using your elbow during activities
Daily
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Managing Tennis Elbow (Checklist)

Use a Tennis Elbow strap
Daily
Take NSAIDS (e.g. Aleve)
2x day
Perform stretching exercises
10 Min, 4x day for 3 Weeks
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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.?

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.?

A picture=1000 words: 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. ...Read more

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Managing Tennis Elbow (Checklist)

Rest and avoid playing tennis until problem resolves
once
Take NSAID medication to reduce pain and swelling
Daily
Consider wearing a brace to alleviate the pain
Once
Do physical therapy to strengthen muscle of forearm
3x week
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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?

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: Your nose could have been your original source ofmrsa.Get a culture to see if your infection is still active. ...Read more

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