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Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
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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: 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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Dr. Vikram Patel
Board Certified
32 years in practice
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Dr. Camilla Graham
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
22 years in practice
469K people helped
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My husband is 64, had a lowgrade fever of 100 degrees f, and extreme fatigue. His right elbow is red, hot, and swollen.

Dr. Camilla Graham
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
22 years in practice
469K people helped
My husband is 64, had a lowgrade fever of 100 degrees f, and extreme fatigue. His right elbow is red, hot, and swollen.

Seek care: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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32 years in practice
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
Board Certified, General Practice
48 years in practice
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Woke up & still 2wks later have: swollen tight hands w numbness tingling & red hot fingertips w pain in elbows. Wakes me up in night w severe pain.

Dr. Laurence Badgley
Board Certified, General Practice
48 years in practice
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Woke up & still 2wks later have: swollen tight hands w numbness tingling & red hot fingertips  w pain in elbows. Wakes me up in night w severe pain.

Complicated: Unusual set of symptoms in one your age. Complexity indicates that a doctor needs to be involved. A neurologist seems to be the type of specialist who can best diagnose your problem. Carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome might be considerations, but these are only wild guesses. Cock-up wrist splints worn at night will help if is carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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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: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Al Hegab
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
35 years in practice
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I have a bug bite in the center of my left elbow. The bite is large red swollen and sensitive. The bite is not as bad now but what should I do?

Dr. Al Hegab
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
35 years in practice
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I have a bug bite in the center of my left elbow. The bite is large red swollen and sensitive. The bite is not as bad now but what should I do?

Hydrocortisone cream: OTC, would help, also cold compresses, give it time though, you will be fine, but any clue about the bug? ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
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I woke up with a bite by my elbow and it's swollen, red and hard what should I do?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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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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Dr. Gutti Rao
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
41 years in practice
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Dr. Lawrence Kramer
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
56 years in practice
6M people helped
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Swollen, red, numb and itchy feeling in elbow?

Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
56 years in practice
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Swollen, red, numb and itchy feeling in elbow?

Exam needed: This should be examined by a physician for diagnosis and treatment especially in view of swelling and redness which are often signs of infection(cellulitis). Another possibility is a swollen bursa which can also be infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
9M people helped
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I got stung by a wasp yesterday. I am not allergic. But for some reason my elbow is still swollen and red and hurts. Could i be allergic?

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
9M people helped
I got stung by a wasp yesterday. I am not allergic. But for some reason my elbow is still swollen and red and hurts. Could i be allergic?

Wasp stings: This is a usual reaction. Apply ice. Apply benadryl cream. Apply steroid cream. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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