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Deep purple/red elbow following septic bursitis. Has been 6 weeks since infection gone & color still there. Only slight swelling. How long to clear?

Deep purple/red elbow following septic bursitis. Has been 6 weeks since infection gone & color still there. Only slight swelling. How long to clear?

Could take some time: May take months. It is pigmentation secondary to the increased inflammation and hemosiderin stain in the skin. May never be completely normal, but should get close. Use vitamin E lotion to help with the discoloration

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Pain above elbow. No redness or swelling. No weakness or pain when grasping objects. Painful to the touch. What do I have and how can I treat this?

Pain above elbow. No redness or swelling. No weakness or pain when grasping objects. Painful to the touch. What do I have and how can I treat this?

Depends: Not enough information to assess. Muscular? Skeletal? Connective tissue? Nerve-related? Contusion? If acute pain, try ice packs. If a few days, can also try heat. Over-the-counter pain relievers by mouth or to rub on can also be helpful regardless of the cause. If not improving in a few days, please see your doctor.

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I have slightly elevated redness in my arm nearest to the elbow that keeps on geeting bigger. Its not that itchy but keeps on spreading?

I have slightly elevated redness in my arm nearest to the elbow that keeps on geeting bigger. Its not that itchy but keeps on spreading?

Dermatitis/infection: New onset of a red raised area of skin can generally be caused by an irritant, allergy or infection. An irritant (like poison ivy or chemical) can cause a contact dermatitis. An allergic reaction to something either external (environment) or internal (food/medication) can cause an allergic dermatitis. Either of these tend to itch. Infection is less likely to itch. See MD if keeps getting worse.

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I have some swelling and redness on the inside of my bicep area of my right arm just above the elbow.

I have some swelling and redness on the inside of my bicep area of my right arm just above the elbow.

Celluitis: Could be a few things including an infection-cellulitis, a clot superficial or deep, a muscle problem. Will have to let your doctor take a look at it.

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Hi, I am experiencing pain, redness, and significant swelling in the lymph node located above my elbow on the inside of my right arm. Possible causes?

Hi, I am experiencing pain, redness, and significant swelling in the lymph node located above my elbow on the inside of my right arm. Possible causes?

Injury or infection: Lymph nodes usually swell in response to an injury or infection. A lymph node in the area you describe would most likely be due to an injury or infection in your forearm or hand. Swollen lymph node (s) are usually a sign that the body is taking care of itself and not reason for concern. In very rare cases, a swollen node may be a sign of a more serious condition. If it persists, get it checked out

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I have a little tophi on my toe and elbow but no pain or swelling or redness. Why does the tophi grow?

I have a little tophi on my toe and elbow but no pain or swelling or redness. Why does the tophi grow?

Slowly: Tophi are related to uric acid crystals depositing in and around the joints and sometimes other parts of the body. They are a sign of severe gout and getting treatment is very important. There are safe ways to manage this with medications such as Allopurinol and uloric. Without treatment you runs the risk of having a deforming type of gout that can be associated with disability.

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Hi, I have a itching redness on my hand between elbow and ankle which swells when I scratch it?

Hi, I have a itching redness on my hand between elbow and ankle which swells when I scratch it?

Dermatitis: You may have so called contact dermatitis - an allergic reaction on the skin. It's sometimes hard to determine the cause but if you remember what you may have come in contact with, sometimes it comes to mind. Exposure to poison oak or ivy nowdays is common in campers or hikers. If Hydrocortisone cream has not been effective, sometimes oral steroids or more potent topical ones can be tried.

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Was bit/stung below elbow. Extreme sharp pain & felt hot. Took 1 Benadryl, (diphenhydramine)applied ice. Redness has lessened but area tingling. Do I need to go to ER?

Was bit/stung below elbow. Extreme sharp pain & felt hot. Took 1 Benadryl, (diphenhydramine)applied ice. Redness has lessened but area tingling. Do I need to go to ER?

Not Necessarily: If you have no history of allergy to bee or insect stings, and the reaction remains local to the area of the sting itself, then you may continue with ice and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as needed. Taking several more doses of scheduled Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as directed and an anti-inflammatory like Motrin may be helpful to ensure resolution. If symptoms worsen to include throat or breathing tightness then go to the ED.

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I have joint pain in my knees, elbows lasts 1 month Pain occurs in regular interval of 5-10 mins and lasts 20-30 sec. No swelling & redness. Is it hiv?

I have joint pain in my knees, elbows lasts 1 month Pain occurs in regular interval of 5-10 mins and lasts 20-30 sec. No swelling & redness. Is it hiv?

Less likely if only:: Arthralgia occurs in approximately 30% of patients with the acute retroviral syndrome. Other symptoms are Fever (75%), Fatigue (68%), Myalgia (49%), Rash (48%), Headache (45%), Sore throat (40%), Enlarged cervical lymph nodes (39%), Night sweats (28%) and Diarrhea (27%). If you only have joint pains it's possible but much less likely, that you have acute HIV. Arthralgia is not a symptom of chronic HIV.

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My 4 yr old son suffers from itching, rashes and redness after every 7-10 days behind his knees & back of his thighs, hips and elbow joints?

My 4 yr old son suffers from itching, rashes and redness after every 7-10 days behind his knees & back of his thighs, hips and elbow joints?

Eczema: Eczema is a skin problem which causes dry, itchy skin, especially in the areas you mentioned. It can come and go for years. Bathe with plain water, only mild soap as needed, no scrubbing. Pat dry and apply a good moisturizer (no fragrance, thick, not a watery lotion) regularly. If it worsens and causes raw skin, see your doctor.

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My son has 3 mosquito bites on his arm by his elbow. Its the 3rd day & the redness, swelling has spread, has tingling in hand & blisters are started?

My son has 3 mosquito bites on his arm by his elbow. Its the 3rd day & the redness, swelling has spread, has tingling in hand & blisters are started?

May not be bites: This doesn't sound like bites. Could be some sort of contact dermatitis, like from poison oak or ivy, or something else entirely. Take him in to have it checked. It's especially concerning that he has tingling in his hand. Maybe he has shingles? It's pretty rare in a child, but could happen.

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Left side- face, jaw, neck, shoulder, and elbow "joint" pain with some specific sight swelling, and redness as well as feverish to the touch AND this has presented the same type symptoms in other "joints" on right side too.?

Left side- face, jaw, neck, shoulder, and elbow "joint" pain with some specific sight swelling, and redness as well as feverish to the touch AND this has presented the same type symptoms in other "joints" on right side too.?

Autoimmune or infect: Your symptoms could represent either an autoimmune disorder like Lupus or scleroderma or an infectious process like Lyme disease. These are just examples. You need to see a good internet to get blood tests and perhaps X-rays and have a through examination. Your internist could then refer you further if needed. If symptoms now, go to MD now.

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I was hit with a hardball on my arm 4 months ago and then my arm turned black blue and red from elbow to shoulder now I feel like I have 2 blood clots?

I was hit with a hardball on my arm 4 months ago and then my arm turned black blue and red from elbow to shoulder now I feel like I have 2 blood clots?

Trauma: The bruising and ecchymosis is normal after trauma, some swelling could be normal or could be internal bleeding (hematoma). A blood clot (thrombosis) is rare after direct trauma but is possible if a vein or artery was directly injured. The only way to get a diagnosis is to see a physician and possibly get a ultrasound of this arm. See your doctor.

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Red, bumpy, itchy elbows?

Red, bumpy, itchy elbows?

Itchy elbows: Have dermatologist look at it to rule out possible dermatitis or psoriasis.