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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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