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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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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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My 18 year old daughter was stung by a wasp two days ago. The sting site (her elbow) is very red and swollen. Does anyone have any recommendations?

My 18 year old daughter was stung by a wasp two days ago.  The sting site (her elbow) is very red and swollen.  Does anyone have any recommendations?

Sure: Scrape the area with a fingernail or use tweezers to remove it.Don't pinch the stinger -- that can inject more venom. ice the area. If you were stung on your arm or leg, elevate it. Remove any tight-fitting jewelry from the area of the sting. As it swells, rings or bracelets might be difficult to remove. Use Tylenol for pain. Use antihistamine for itching, you can apply calamine lotion.Good Luck. ...Read more

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