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Severe pain in my neck in the front right side when I touch it or when I move my neck. I was diagnosed with septic bursitis in my right elbow 3 days?

Severe pain in my neck in the front right side when I touch it or when I move my neck. I was diagnosed with septic bursitis in my right elbow 3 days?

Infection arm hand: Infection can cause lymph nodes to swell there are lymph nodes that can be located in the neck or armpit however make sure you're not having a separate problem and talk to your orthopedic surgeon who cares for your elbow as lymph node involvement or ascending lymphangitis could be a sign of worsening infection as well

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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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Elbow septic bursitis from scrape, took amoxicillin, 10 days. No heat or swelling now. Still sore some, how long heal time? Take advil (ibuprofen) for inflame.

Elbow septic bursitis from scrape, took amoxicillin, 10 days. No heat or swelling now. Still sore some, how long heal time? Take advil (ibuprofen) for inflame.

It could be: Several weeks before the swelling goes down and you feel better. The fluid in the joint has to be reabsorbed, and this can take weeks to several months. Give it time. Hope this helps!

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I had septic shock about a month ago! Just wondering what the chances of me now getting septic arthritis as I'm having allot of pain in my elbow?

I had septic shock about a month ago! Just wondering what the chances of me now getting septic arthritis as I'm having allot of pain in my elbow?

Septic shock: Recurrence of septic shock after having one depends on what caused the first episode. For example, if the first episode was due to a foreign source that has since been removed, the chance of recurrence is low. Certainly see your doctor soon for any concerns of recurrence as this can be life threatening. Joint pain after an ICU stay is common and this may be something unrelated to infection.

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Septic elbow surgery 4 weeks ago. 6" incision. Surgeon says no topical creams or ointments. Gp says aquaphor ok now. What is best for healing scab, etc?

Septic elbow surgery 4 weeks ago. 6" incision. Surgeon says no topical creams or ointments. Gp says aquaphor ok now. What is best for healing scab, etc?

No need for creams: Creams should hold and seal wounds. Assuming the incision is clean dry and intact an uncovered a wound is fine with no dressing or need for creams.

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What is bursitis? How is it going to affect my elbow?

What is bursitis? How is it going to affect my elbow?

See details: Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa which in turn is a pouch that helps to reduce friction from tendon or muscle inflammation. The ole crayon bursa sits at the point of the elbow and you will see a swelling there.

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What's bursitis and how is it going to affect my elbow?

What's bursitis and how is it going to affect my elbow?

Bursitis: Is a benign condition of the elbow characterized by swelling over the point of the elbow. It usually goes away by itself. If not, a neoprene elbow sleeve may help. I try to avoid aspirating these, as they can get infected. Surgery rarely required to excise the bursa.

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Does elbow bursitis aspiration hurt?

Does elbow bursitis aspiration hurt?

Not really: The area is usually sprayed with a cold liquid that briefly numbs the skin. It is not a big deal.

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Can children get bursitis? My son has elbow pain.

Can children get bursitis? My son has elbow pain.

Yes: Children have bursas too, albiet small ones, but traua to a bursa can cause inflammation and pain. Bursas usually overly joints which they try to protect due to the exposure of those bones or joints to easy injury, usually blunt trauma. Dr.J.

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What can cause swelling on the elbow (not bursitis)?

What can cause swelling on the elbow (not bursitis)?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.

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What can I do to treat bursitis in my elbow if draining is ineffective?

What can I do to treat bursitis in my elbow if draining is ineffective?

Surgical excision: Surgery for noninfected bursa. If elbow bursitis is not a result of infection, surgery may still be needed if nonsurgical treatments do not work. In this case, surgery to remove the bursa is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery does not disturb any muscle, ligament, or joint structures. Good luck.

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How long will it take for water at the tip of my elbow caused by bursitis to go down?

How long will it take for water at the tip of my elbow caused by bursitis to go down?

Elbow Bursitis: Fluid at the tip of the elbow is called olecranon bursitis. It can occur after a direct blow, but it also can occur in people who do a lot of desk work. If you continually rub your elbow on a desk it can occur. If the fluid persists for more then a week I would see an orthopedist. It may need to be drained. If it starts getting red then you need to go right away as it may become infected.

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I tend to experience bursitis in my right elbow frequently. It swells and is painful for about 24-48 hrs. Can I prevent this?

I tend to experience bursitis in my right elbow frequently. It swells and is painful for about 24-48 hrs. Can I prevent this?

Depends on cause.: If this is due to gout, pseudo gout, or other arthritis diseases there are specific treatments. If the problem is due to your job or repetitive injuries there are treatments for the flair a and symptoms but the only way to avoid the problem is eliminate the cause.

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How do you treat bursitis elbow?

How do you treat bursitis elbow?

Non surgical/surgical: Nonsurgical is to try and treat the course.
Could be due to infection, Rx with antibiotics and aspiration.
If caused by prolonged pressure, use elbow pad, avoid activity causing this. NSAIDs can also help.
Surgical removal only after everything else failed

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Elbow bursitis - safe to use kettlebells?

Safe but not advised: The most common elbow bursitis is an olecranon bursitis. This usually is not very painful but does cause a prominent bump on the back of the elbow. It is safe to use kettle bells, but the bursitis will not go away until you rest the elbow. Sometimes we need to remove the bursa with surgery.

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I would like help with bursitis in my elbow?

Need: To see orthopedic or rheumatologist to exclude infection, drain bursa if swollen and check for conditions that can promote it.

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How long does it take to recover from elbow bursitis?

How long does it take to recover from elbow bursitis?

See details: As long as it is not infected, if the bursa is aspirated and injected with cortisone the recovery is very fast.

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Can I use a sling to ease my bursitis pain in my elbow?

Can I use a sling to ease my bursitis pain in my elbow?

Yes: Yes, but this is not the definitive treatment. The sling should only be used for short term rest.

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What is bursitis of the elbow and what can I do for it?

What is bursitis of the elbow and what can I do for it?

Bursitis: Bursitis of the elbow typically involves the olecranon tip and can be associated with fluid build up. Avoid triceps work in the gym, avoid rubbing the tip of the elbow against your desk or table and ice the area.

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What is bursitis and how is it going to affect my elbow now?

Bursitis: Olecranon bursitis is swelling over the point of the elbow. It is typically benign, and normally resolves spontaneously. If it doesn't, try a compressive sleeve. Occasionally, the bursitis may be infected. This should be suspected if warmth or redness is observed. Rarely, bursitis occurs as a result of underlying injury to triceps tendon. If weakness in pushing noticed, see an orthopedic surgeon.