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Swollen spot on upper arm with achy feeling throughout arm, is this from bug bite?

Swollen spot on upper arm with achy feeling throughout arm, is this from bug bite?

Cellulitis / allergy: Cellulitis is a skin condition characterized by redness, warmth and swelling often following an injury or bite. Treatment is with prescription oral antibiotics. Sometimes an exaggerated immune response to an insect bite can cause similar symptoms, but this will generally resolve with an oral antihistamine. ...Read more

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Yellow spot on upper arm pains?

Yellow spot on upper arm pains?

How large: This can be many different skin rashes. We need to know the size, is it flat or thickened, is it painful, does it itch etc. Sometimes a black and blue injury can change to yellow as it heals. It is best diagnosed by a dermatologist. Ask your physician about seeing a dermatolgoist. ...Read more

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Large dark red spot on upper arm. Could it be side effect from chantics?

Large dark red spot on upper arm. Could it be side effect from chantics?

Unlikely: Maybe but not likely. It may need to be looked at if the spot is new. ...Read more

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Brown spot on upper arm that is sore. It also makes other parts of my upper arm sore. It happens on and off. Like ever 2 weeks?

Hard to say: Without looking at it. Might be a good idea to have it checked out, diagnosed and treated. Your may need referral to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Random sore spot on upper arm by shoulder. No discoloration or warmth but If touched, hurts. Looks normal, Little swollen. Very randomly appeared. Ideas?

Random sore spot on upper arm by shoulder. No discoloration or warmth but If touched, hurts. Looks normal, Little swollen. Very randomly appeared. Ideas?

Soreness: If there is no recent injury like a sprain to explain your symptoms, it's possible that the problem is tendonitis especially if shoulder motions produce pain. I recommend a trial of cold alternating with warm applications and, if you can take them, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve (with food). If symptoms persist or worsen see your physician or an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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My boyfriend got a very light, almost faint dotted brown spot on his upper arm. It's about the size of a scar, but isn't a scar. Just appeared.?

My boyfriend got a very light, almost faint dotted brown spot on his upper arm. It's about the size of a scar, but isn't a scar. Just appeared.?

Have it seen...: From your description, it is difficult to say exactly what this spot it. A physician can examine the area and either reassure him that it is normal or come up with a treatment plan for further evaluation. I would recommend he make an appointment to have it seen. ...Read more

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I had a cortisone shot 4 months ago, is it possibly for the side effects to just now start? I had a cortisone shot 4 months ago. Is it possibly for the side effects to just now start? I have this spot on my upper arm (in the general area I received the co

I had a cortisone shot 4 months ago, is it possibly for the side effects to just now start? I had a cortisone shot 4 months ago. Is it possibly for the side effects to just now start? I have this spot on my upper arm (in the general area I received the co

Yes: Yes - one of the side effects to corticosteroid (i.e. Cortisone) injections is lipoatrophy. Lipoatrophy is the medical term for loss of fat under the skin. The steroid medicine can dissolve the fat under the skin and cause a depression, or scar. It can also affect the cells that make pigment, so that the overlying skin can look lighter. This side effect typically occurs several months after the injection and can progress, somewaht, over several months. In many patients, the area can fill back in with fat cells, but this can take several years. It is purely a cosmetic blemish and may very well improve with time. ...Read more

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I woke up with a big red spot on my upper arm. No itch, no bite head, warm to the touch. Today, the red and warm is gone but im in pain. Help. Ideas?

I woke up with a big red spot on my upper arm. No itch, no bite head, warm to the touch. Today, the red and warm is gone but im in pain. Help. Ideas?

Exam: It may be an infected cyst or a bug bite. If its not better by tomorrow, consider seeing your primary care doctor for a proper evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have 1 faded red spot on my upper arm. Now I have 1 on my hand and 1 on my other arm. What could this be?

I have 1 faded red spot on my upper arm. Now I have 1 on my hand and 1 on my other arm. What could this be?

Many things: You should have a doctor look at it to diagnose it, it could be many things and it needs to be visualized for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Suddenly I experienced left upper arm coldness. And I touch what it feels like a nerve in a spot right above the forearm. Whuch hurts to the touch.

Suddenly I experienced left upper arm coldness. And I touch what it feels like a nerve in a spot right above the forearm. Whuch hurts to the touch.

Explanation: Unfortunately, there is not enough information to make an accurate decision, however do not touch the nerve, it is most likely the ligaments on a muscle, use Advil or Motrin 400mg 3 times a day for 2 or 3 days. If it still bothers you visit your primary doctor ...Read more

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My son has a spider bite on his upper arm a lil puffy spot and hard underneath, been there for a week. How can I treat this seems to be bothering him?

My son has a spider bite on his upper arm a lil puffy spot and hard underneath, been there for a week. How can I treat this seems to be bothering him?

Hard to say?: If it is a spider bite, perhaps you would want to be seen? Local care of any would usually consists of warm soap and water with gentle washing/scrubbing, then patting dry with a clean cloth or gauze. Application of a topical antibiotic ointment may be needed and then a loose covering usually with a non-stick (telfa) dressing. Observe for pus, redness, pain, heat, streaking up from the wound. ...Read more

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I have 2 red smooth quarter sized spots on my left backside upper arm and one red smooth spot on my right arm by my elbow what is it?

I have 2 red smooth quarter sized spots on my left backside upper arm and one red smooth spot on my right arm by my elbow what is it?

Tricky: Dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. I go with the process occurrring (which could be infection or insect mediated) and the location to give clues.
Bites, ringworm, even syphillis are possible.

many other possibilities I Psoriasis if it has scaley parts is possible; eczema if itchy. Reactions if you've had an exposure at JUST those locations, but those seem less likely ...Read more

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I woke up and I had a spot on my arm?

Can not say: We can not say what it can be without looking at it or having a good description or a picture of the spot. It may ba an insect bite, or something else. If it is not painful and not associated with itching and any other symptoms you can watch and see if it will go away. But if it gets bigger or you get more spots or any other symptoms, than get it checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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There is a circular spot under arm. It is the fold of arm is located. What could it be?

See a doctor: Without seeing this it is difficult to determine if this is ringworm or yeast infection or something totally different. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Something bit me on my arm it was to spots and now it's one big spot and it's hot and itchy?

Staph Cellulitis: You have a staph infection. This is urgent and needs attention at your physician's office today. Until proven otherwise this is the drug resistant form of mrsa. Please call your family doctor today. ...Read more

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I have a red scolded spot under my arm pit and I jest won't to know what can I pout on it?

I have a red scolded spot under my arm pit and I jest won't to know what can I pout on it?

Yeast infection: Not uncommon recommend Lamisil (terbinafine) in athletes foot section local pharmacy. Convenient as once daily application. If persists beyond two weeks or changes for the worse see yor doctor. ...Read more

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I burned my arm w/ hot glue & tore off the skin leaving a raw spot that hurts- what should I do?

Burn Treatment: Burns can be easily infected. One of the best treatment for burns is topical silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream which is prescription. You may want to see your doctor to make sure you do not need oral antibiotics because of an infection. ...Read more

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I have a light pink spot on my elbow that has slowly grown over time. Now more spots are forming on the same arm. Should I be concerned?

I have a light pink spot on my elbow that has slowly grown over time. Now more spots are forming on the same arm. Should I be concerned?

Below: Rashes and spots are difficult to diagnose without a visual exam.

It is impossible to give you an accurate diagnosis in this format. ...Read more

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Localised tingling for some seconds periodically in almost same spot in left midback. Especially when doing something with lifted and extented arm?

Localised tingling for some seconds periodically in almost same spot in left midback. Especially when doing something with lifted and extented arm?

Your symptoms are: Likely to be due to compression of a small nerve either locally or in your spine. This is unlikely to represent anything serious. A good deep massage will probably resolve the issue. ...Read more

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I have a severe stinging in the upper left inside arm. There is not bite or mark but if I touch a certain spot it takes my breat it strted yesterday?

Get the diagnosis: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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For nearly 20 yrs I've had sensitive spot on my arm. Sharp pain w/ slightest touch. Worse the past 5-6 yrs with sharp spontaneous pains. Nothing visible (x-rayed even). What could it be & what to do?

For nearly 20 yrs I've had sensitive spot on my arm. Sharp pain w/ slightest touch. Worse the past 5-6 yrs with sharp spontaneous pains. Nothing visible (x-rayed even). What could it be & what to do?

Nerve injury?: Depending upon where on the arm this sensitivity is it could be due to a nerve injury in your arm or a nerve injury in your neck. Consult with a physiatrist (physical medicine ; rehabilitation) for an exam and a diagnostic work-up. ...Read more

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Really sore spot on my tricep making my arm sore?

Really sore spot on my tricep making my arm sore?

Strain vs bruise: Pain and soreness about your triceps is most likely do to an injury or overuse problem. You can sustain a bruise with direct blunt trauma, a partial tear or strain with resisted force injury (too heavy a weight or too many repetitions past point of fatigue). A thorough orthopaedic evaluation is warranted if your symptoms are not steadily resolving over the course of a week. ...Read more

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I have a little white circle spot on my arm. What is it?

White Spot on Arm: This would depend on its size, appearance, etc. Is this the only spot? How long has it been present? Is it getting bigger? Are there any symptoms such as numbness or itching? You should be evaluated by a dermatologist who can look at the spot and ask you any pertinent questions. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have a blue spot the size of a freckle on my arm, and I've just now noticed it. What could this be?

I have a blue spot the size of a freckle on my arm, and I've just now noticed it. What could this be?

Blue Spot: If you don't recall trauma or anything specific in the area it is most likely a mole. Depending on the depth of the pigment cells in the skin, some moles can have a bluish color. If it is new, enlarging, or itching it is best to have it checked by your dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have been having this arm itch in the same spot for months. It be a nerve causing this itch?

How do I know if I have been having this arm itch in the same spot for months. It be a nerve causing this itch?

Sounds like...: Sounds like you are saying you have been having the itch in the same spot for months, and then asking if it could be caused by a nerve. If so, then "yes". Pay close attention to distribution of itch and then see doctor. Try to correlate with which nerve it might imply. ...Read more

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Dime sized white spot on arm. Area surrounding it is warmer than rest of body. What could this be?

Dime sized white spot on arm. Area surrounding it is warmer than rest of body. What could this be?

Hard to know: Having more information or visualizing the lesion may help. A common cause of hypopigmented lesion with surrounding redness/warmth is fungal skin infection, but this is really a shot in the dark based on little info. See a Dermatologist or your primary doctor, or consider a virtual consult here on HealthTap; and good luck! ...Read more

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I have a spot on my arm pit, it's red and medium sized. I'm worried about it and want to know what it is? Could it be a sweat spot. .......

I have a spot on my arm pit, it's red and medium sized. I'm worried about it and want to know what it is? Could it be a sweat spot. .......

Cyst, Ringworm, Etc.: It is difficult to know what this might be based on your description. A red, medium-sized "spot" in the armpit would most likely be a cyst (a clogged hair follicle with backed up oil and shed skin cells under the skin surface). If it's flat, it could be an infection. However, it could be a swollen lymph node, a lipoma, or any number of other things. I would suggest you have the spot checked out ...Read more

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I have a very intense tingling sensation in my right arm in the same spot each time. It's very annoying and has a wierd feeling. What is this?

I have a very intense tingling sensation in my right arm in the same spot each time. It's very annoying and has a wierd feeling. What is this?

Show your doc: You might want to show your doctor where exactly on your arm. Your doctor will review your health history and your symptoms and may able to answer better on your symptoms. It can be nerve pinching to very serious problems. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm here to ask about a small greenish/purple spot on my arm. It was from where an i.V needle was placed. It does not hurt. Just odd to me.

Hello. I'm here to ask about a small greenish/purple spot on my arm. It was from where an i.V needle was placed. It does not hurt. Just odd to me.

Bruising: It is just some bruising (blood under the skin) from the iv. As your body breaks down blood under the skin, it changes color and will eventually disappear. ...Read more

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