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What causes red streaks up the arm where IV fluids were given?

What causes red streaks up the arm where IV fluids were given?

Lymphangitis: Lymphangitis is infection along lymphatic vessels, usually following skin trauma. It typically tracks from the site of injury toward the torso. It is likely that bacteria got into the IV site and caused a skin infection which develops into this condition. It's very important that you talk to your doctor and get this examined. If it is lymphangitis, you may need antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Intravenous Fluids (Definition)

Intravenous means "within a vein." It usually refers to giving medications or fluids (solutions) through a needle or tube inserted into a vein, which allows immediate access to the blood supply. For ...Read more


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What causes a red streak up your arm where intravenous fluids were at?

What causes a red streak up your arm where intravenous fluids were at?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is a mild bacterial infection from the injection site of the IV that now spreads up the arm. Topical antibiotics or changing the IV site both help to alleviate the problem. ...Read more

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Could IV fluids last night cause heavy arms, numb/tingly spreading from bk of neck? Similar to foot-fell-asleep feeling. 1lt ns/1 hr ?

Could IV fluids last night cause heavy arms, numb/tingly spreading from bk of neck? Similar to foot-fell-asleep feeling. 1lt ns/1 hr ?

Not likely: It is more likely that the position of your neck , while IV was being given, was such that it compressed the nerve roots in the neck which in turn caused your symptoms. ...Read more

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What could cause red pin size spot and welt around it, on my arm, that feels like my skin is burning and when I squeeze it, clear fluid comes out?


What could cause red pin size spot and welt around it, on my arm, that feels like my skin is burning and when I squeeze it, clear fluid comes out?

Many potential cause: If you have a blistering lesion which are burning, you need to consider seeing a dermatologist . Since you have given us no information on your health condition and drug intake, it is impossible to venture a guess. I would urge you to consult a dermatologist if the problem persists for more than 2 weeks or is getting worse. ...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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Now & then on backs of arms i get lots of tiny bumps almost like a rash with no redness or itching they hang around for few days comes & goes causes?

Now &  then on backs of arms i get lots of tiny bumps almost like a rash with no redness or itching they hang around for few days comes & goes causes?

Possibilities: Could be keratosis pilaris. Are they firm bumps? If so it can be caused by keratin clogging hair follicles. Gently using a "buff-puff" or other time of mildly exfoliating cloth while in the bath or shower can help unplug the follicles; then pat your self dry and allow to air dry prior to using a mild retinoid; like retin a (tretinoin) which is a prescription or an over the counter retinol product. ...Read more

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Hello I have no rash no bumps or redness but it is very itchy between my books and under my arms what could cause this?

Hello I have no rash no bumps or redness  but it is very itchy between my books and under my arms  what could cause this?

Itchy underarms: Could be dry skin, deodorant reaction if new deodorant, reaction to clothing ( detergent or wool products) liver issues , rarely lymphoma, kidney issues . F/u with doc ...Read more

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Can fungus be the cause for itchiness all over body especially arms and head with no signs of hive redness or dandruff tingly feeling and itch tests?

Can fungus be the cause for itchiness all over body especially arms and head with no signs of hive redness or dandruff tingly feeling and itch tests?

Generalized pruritus: Pruritus, or itch, is defined as an unpleasant sensation that provokes the desire to scratch. Certain systemic diseases have long been known to cause pruritus that ranges in intensity from a mild annoyance to an intractable, disabling condition. Generalized pruritus:renal pruritus, cholestatic pruritus, hematologic pruritus, endocrine pruritus, pruritus related to malignancy, and idiopathic. ...Read more

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I received a meningitis vaccine monday my arm that the shot was given still is a little swollen, patch of redness, and very warm today is it normal?

I received a meningitis vaccine monday my arm that the shot was given still  is  a little swollen, patch of redness, and very warm today is it normal?

Local reaction: Sometime you can have a local reaction to a shot.No harm done. Reduce the swelling with cold compresses for20 minutes 3-4 a day. ...Read more

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Occasional bumps (looks like hives?) on both arms cover entirely and randomly no redness no itching besides allergies what can cause this?

Occasional bumps (looks like hives?) on both arms cover entirely and randomly no redness no itching besides allergies what can cause this?

Keratosis pilaris : About half the people on the planet have small bumps on the backs of their arms, fronts of their thighs, cheeks or buttocks that are not red and do not itch , and the condition is called KP or keratosis pilaris . It usually causes no symptoms and does not need treatment. See a doctor to be sure. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=91543&page=0 ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause "hot spots"? A burning sensations in arms, back, between breasts, under left breast. No rash or redness. Just a feeling of pain.

Can anxiety cause "hot spots"?  A burning sensations in arms, back, between breasts, under left breast. No rash or redness. Just a feeling of pain.

Possible: Anxiety can definitely cause physical symptoms in the head, chest, back and arms. But these can also be signs of other serious health conditions so you should see your doctor and have a thorough examination so that you can treated for the correct problem. ...Read more

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When is dextrose vs normal saline IV fluids given to patients? Whats, diff.Significance of each fluid?

When is dextrose vs normal saline IV fluids given to patients? Whats, diff.Significance of each fluid?

Sugar vs salt: Saline by itself is used to keep blood volume up. It doesn't contain any nutrients, unlike dextrose, which is essentially glucose. Every cell in the body depends on glucose for fuel. It may be given alone, though often it's combined with other solutions containing various concentrations of sodium and sometimes potassium as well as whatever else might be needed. ...Read more

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Become dehydrated very quickly even drinking 4 liters of water a day. Iv fluids once a week (3liters in about an hr). Causes? Tips?

Become dehydrated very quickly even drinking 4 liters of water a day. Iv fluids once a week (3liters in about an hr). Causes? Tips?

Dehydration: You definetly seem to have a problem. You may have diabetes insipdius (di) or hyperglycemia causing you to have an osmotic diuresis. I assume that the IV fluids were given to you in an er, was blood taken and did you descuss your problem with ter doctor? Go to the er and get some blood work to get answers to your questions, as soon as possible, . ...Read more

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Swelling of the brain -- can it be caused due to steroids and IV fluids?

Swelling of the brain -- can it be caused due to steroids and IV fluids?

Yes: Certain steroids, but not the anti-inflammatory ones about which you are most probably familiar, cause water retention, which in excess may result in brain swelling. On the other hand, corticosteroids, the most commonly known, are often used as treatment for cerebral edema of various causes. Iv fluids, especially more dilute than normal blood plasma, can cause brain swelling. ...Read more

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Is it okay to to get 2 liter bolus of normal saline IV fluids several days in a row for severe diarrhea when labs show no dehydration? We don't know the cause of diarrhea yet.

Is it okay to  to get 2 liter bolus of normal saline IV fluids several days in a row for severe diarrhea  when labs show no dehydration? We don't know the cause of diarrhea yet.

Yes: I presume normal kidney function.Our body is capable of dealing with a great deal of intervention.I'd suggest the dr's giving the fluid are watching very closely what is happening. ...Read more

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I was given two bags of IV fluids after CT with contrast, how long for the fluids to leave body? Worried about water intoxication

IV fluids: If your kidneys are functioning normally, you should pee it out in a few hours and will not have to worry about water intoxication. ...Read more

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I am severely dehydrated but not enough for IV fluids yet according to PCP. My bilirubin and urobilinogen is elevated. Can dehydration cause this?

I am severely dehydrated but not enough for IV fluids yet according to PCP. My bilirubin and urobilinogen is elevated. Can dehydration cause this?

Odd statement: I have never have anyone use the description "severely" dehydrated outside a hospital setting where the patient was on IV fluids and in an intermediate care unit.That said, any level of water deficit can drive the relative value of the material within to higher levels.(bili,urobili) ...Read more

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4 yr old has virus running fever for 4 days, dehydrated & given IV fluids at ER fever was 104 tonight, fever broke and now is at 96.6 - too low or ok?

4 yr old has virus running fever for 4 days, dehydrated & given IV fluids at ER fever was 104 tonight, fever broke and now is at 96.6 - too low or ok?

OK: OK, fever's broken. If the fever is gone, how does your child look (after four days of fever). Eating and drinking better? Starting to play? Running like usual?

Or pale and sweating, lying still in bed and not complaining? ...Read more

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Should my 6 year old son still have a lot of swollen glands in his neck 4 months after having epstein barr virus? He was admitted to the hospital for 2 days when he was diagnosed with mono , because he could hardly drink. Was given IV fluids.Now 4 months

Should my 6 year old son still have a lot of swollen glands in his neck 4 months after having epstein barr virus? He was admitted to the hospital for 2 days when he was diagnosed with mono , because he could hardly drink. Was given IV fluids.Now 4 months

Enlarged : Enlarged lymph nodes or "lymphadenopathy" are very common. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and enlarge with white blood cells to fight off infections when they detect a foriegn substance such as a virus or bacteria. (ever notice lumps in your neck with a sore throat?) usually these nodes shrink back down to normal size a few weeks after the infection is over, but can sometimes stay enlarged. No one is quite sure why this happens, but it's usually harmless. The nodes will never "go away" but they will become less noticeable as your child grows and the nodes do not. This is also known as "shotty lymphadenopathy" because they feel like buck shot under the skin.

Other illnesses such as autoimmune disease or cancer can cause enlarged lymph nodes, but often multiple nodes are involved, they can get very large (more than 1 centimeter), keep growing instead of shrinking and are associated with other symptoms such as fever, chills, weight loss, rash, etc. Presuming that your son has no other symptoms besides these noticeable but unchanging nodes, the odds of them being anything dangerous are extremely low.


Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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What happens to a patient with a coronary artery disease if he is given 1 liter of intravenous fluids in just 2 hours?

What happens to a patient with a coronary artery disease if he is given 1 liter of intravenous fluids in just 2 hours?

Depends: If cardiac function is normal, blood pressure is controlled, and there are not symptoms of congestive heart failure, 1 liter of IV fluid should not cause much symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I got woken up by being burnt on my arm which left a red mark even though nothing could of caused it.why?

What to do if I got woken up by being burnt on my arm which left a red mark even though nothing could of caused it.why?

I'm confused!: What do you mean that you were burnt? You say nothing caused it. Do you have a red sore spot? Were you burned? Please ask again and clarify. ...Read more

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What would cause a red streak up the arm after a tattoo ?

What would cause a red streak up the arm after a tattoo ?

See your doctor: 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. ...Read more

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What causes red itchy bumps on the arms and elbows?

What causes red itchy bumps on the arms and elbows?

Rash on Arms: Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time. This rash occurs on the arms and elbows. Other causes include eczema, allergies, contact dermatitis, psoriasis and others. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are red blotches caused from on arms?

What are red blotches caused from on arms?

Medical evaluation: The lesions (red blotches) on your arms will require direct visualization to make an accurate diagnosis. Biopsy might sometimes be required. I encourage you to have this evaluated by your physician or a dermatologist if the blotches are not resolving. ...Read more

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What could cause a swollen arm and red marks?

What could cause a swollen arm and red marks?

Infection allergy: The things you have to be concerned with include an infection, an allergic reaction, blood flow obstruction, a mass growing blocking blood flow, insect or animal bites releasing toxins. If its red and swollen then get it checked out fast. Don't wait. ...Read more