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What to do about flud in the elbow it dosent hurt but the swelling is getting quite large?

What to do about flud in the elbow it dosent hurt but the swelling is getting quite large?

Let me explain: Most likely what you have is olecranon bursitis. If is getting big you need to take the fluids out and possibly injecting steroid there. Go to your doctor he will manage it. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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My left arm has a large vein on the inner elbow that has been swelling over the last two days. What could it be? Should i be. Concerned?

My left arm has a  large  vein on the inner elbow that has been swelling over the last two days. What could it be? Should i be. Concerned?

If: Ur are sure it is a vein (blueish color) and there is no skin redness around it and if u can make the veins disappear, well at lease fade and get smaller with total (vertical) elevation of the arm and u have no pain, i would not be concern. If there is redness, pain and a hard cord i would see a physician. Did you do any heavy work with the arm, did you use an air compressor, if yes see md asap! ...Read more

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Largest dose of ibuprofen one can take for severe swelling on elbow from a bad fall with large angry spreading bruise? 600 or 800mg?

Largest dose of ibuprofen one can take for severe swelling on elbow from a bad fall with large angry spreading bruise? 600 or 800mg?

Ibuprofen: Generally speaking 800mg of ibuprofen is a maximal single dose which can be taken up to three times in a day. However use caution given the spreading bruise which suggests bleeding, as ibuprofen and other NSAIDS can lead to easy bleeding and perhaps worsen the situation. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be a safer alternative for pain relief. Concern for fracture or more serious injury may warrant an x-ray. ...Read more

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I just had shoulder surgery a week ago and I have 6 large welts on my upper arm and pain and swelling in my elbow and under my arm. Is this anything.

Yes.: Get it checked out by your orthopedic surgeon. This might be a sign of infection that requires treatment (antibiotics). It could be an allergic reaction as well. Definitely, play it safe and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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My elbow keeps swelling up then it goes down then comes back why is that ?

My elbow keeps swelling up then it goes down then comes back why is that ?

Get it checked: Swelling about the elbow without a specific injury could be inflammation or infection. If resolving on its own, unlikely infection. Common things include olecranon bursitis. Best to be seen and evaluated by a physician if this persists, and further tests may be needed. ...Read more

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Recently I started to work out and now I got a swelling in the elbow, what should I do?

Recently I started to work out and now I got a swelling in the elbow, what should I do?

RICE: Being with rice, and avoid the activities that exacerbate the swelling. If this and a gradual return to activity does not alleviate the symptoms, see an orthopedist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I got bite 4 days ago on my elbow and it now swelling around it and is painful what it?

I got bite 4 days ago on my elbow and it now swelling around it and is painful what it?

Insect bite?: I am assuming this was a bug of some sort, not a larger animal or human bite? If so, it may be just a reaction to the toxin in the insect bite. Try 1% hydrocortisone cream 2-3x/day, take an antihistamine like loratadine daily, apply cool compresses, and see if it improves over the next 2-3 days. If not, get in to be seen to make sure it is not an infection. ...Read more

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Been bittern by something this afternoon, two clear bite marks. Just by elbow on the inside. Is swelling up and feels hard to the touch?

Been bittern by something this afternoon, two clear bite marks. Just by elbow on the inside. Is swelling up and feels hard to the touch?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Take a benadryl (diphenhydramine) and if it is still not beginning to improve in 15 min, go to urgent Care or call your Dr. Not knowing the culprit makes it hard to pllan other than for being safer than sorry. On that note - consider Urgent Care immediately! Just in case - and allergic reactions matter too! ...Read more

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May 16: banged elbow & it blew up w/swelling. Much improved, no pain now but still slight puffiness at the elbow. Is this normal 5 months later?

May 16: banged elbow & it blew up w/swelling. Much improved, no pain now but still slight puffiness at the elbow.  Is this normal 5 months later?

Bursa: The trauma to the elbow probably stirred up some injury to the bursal sac and fluid developed. Not all the fluid dissolved leaving behind some in the bursa. Often this is left alone but can be tapped if an orthopedic surgeon advises it. ...Read more