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Why do my elbow creases itch?

Why do my elbow creases itch?

Pruritis: Itching can be caused by several things including local dermatitis (rash), heat rashes, fungal infections, etc. If this continues, get it evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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What is this on the inside of both elbows and knees? It itches and is sometimes a little bit painfull as well. How can we treat it?

What is this on the inside of both elbows and knees? It itches and is sometimes a little bit painfull as well. How can we treat it?

Need to see MD: A persistent rash or lesion of some kind should be viewed directly by a health care provider to sort out what it is. ...Read more

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I have a rash that appears on the inside of my elbow that itches and then goes away for few weeks. What is it?

I have a rash that appears on the inside of my elbow that itches and then goes away for few weeks. What is it?

Could be eczema: This rash sounds like it may be an eczema type rash- which typically appears on the skin folds (especially elbows and knees). Try hydrocortizone 1% cream a couple of times a day when you are having the rash/itching. If the skin is dry, try a good moisturizer such as eucerin, cetaphil, cerave, or even vasoline. ...Read more

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I have a rash that only appears on the inside of my elbow that is pinkish and itches and then goes away. What is it?

Sensitive skin: It is possible that you have developed a reaction something. Anything from sweat to perfume/cologne and many other things. Eczema is also possible. You should have this examined. ...Read more

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I currently have tennis elbow. Can you tell me why all of the sudden, (last couple of days) it itches so much. Thanks.

I currently have tennis elbow. Can you tell me why all of the sudden, (last couple of days) it itches so much. Thanks.

Elbow splint?: Are you using a tennis elbow splint of some kind? Neoprene and some elastics can cause contact dermatitis. The longer the skin is in contact with the "allergen" the worse the reaction. If you are using a splint, talking with your doctor about using it only when necessary, modify activities that worsen your symptoms and ask for Rx for cortisone cream to ease the itching. ...Read more

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I have a big, colorless bump on the back of my right elbow that itches, it's flat, slightly hot, red, no pain and I have no idea where it came from?

I have a big, colorless bump on the back of my right elbow that itches, it's flat, slightly hot, red, no pain and I have no idea where it came from?

Olecranon bursitis: This is most likely a condition called olecranon bursitis which is a swelling in a sac on the back of the elbow. If this is hot and red this could be an infection of the bursa. I recommend seeing a physician to be evaluated and possibly be started on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Starting to get these flat round bumps in my inner elbow, shoulder, under arm areas it itches really bad I don't know what it is?

See your doctor: You describe symptoms that can only be honestly assessed by your doctor in his or her office. Only after a thorough evauation will he/she be able to come up with what's wrong and what to do to get you better. ...Read more

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My right elbow is swollen, red and itches. At first there were some small openings on the skin and I squeezed it and blood and pus ooze out, . It is ca?

My right elbow is swollen, red and itches. At first there were some small openings on the skin and I squeezed it and blood and pus ooze out, . It is ca?

Infection not cancer: Cancer doesn't behave at all like this. You have some sort of infection, like an infected sebaceous cyst or cellulitis. If the elbow joint is swollen, perhaps a more serious infection, e.g. septic arthritis or bursitis. These problems can be even more serious than cancer, so don't mess around with this. See a doctor soon. (If you have fever or the area is painful, do it immediately.) ...Read more

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Good day I am getting a blister type of rash around my elbow area and on the inside of my arm. It burns and itches.

Good day I am getting a blister type of rash around my elbow area and on the inside of my arm. It burns and itches.

Rash: Hi, it’s hard to say without a picture but there is a great app that may be able to help you get a diagnosis without being seen in person by a dermatologist. The app is called VisualDX and is one of the best, if not the best out there. Many clinicians, including myself, use it. Just snap a photo and it gives you a list of possible diagnoses. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hit my elbow and it bruised. Bruise is now gone but there is a lump on the inside of my elbow. It still hurts, but it itches really bad. Is that normal?

Hit my elbow and it bruised. Bruise is now gone but there is a lump on the inside of my elbow. It still hurts, but it itches really bad. Is that normal?

Not exactly: Sound like you have developed a condition called "Olecranon bursitis, " commonly known as "baker's elbow." This is due to increase synovial fluid collection in the Olecranon bursa as result of the initial injury to the area. It is body's response to injury and/or inflammation to the region. However, other possibilities, include: hematoma and infection, which needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in right arm between shoulder an elbow kinda itches also an muscle tension in back an ribs could it be anything serious of just muscle pains?

Pain in right arm between shoulder an elbow kinda itches also an muscle tension in back an ribs could it be anything serious of just muscle pains?

Musculo skeletal: The pain sound like muscular, you may have tendinitis of the shoulder girdle muscles. Have it checked out and may benefit from anti inflammatory and physical therapy. ...Read more

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Itching on elbows thighs and knees. What is this?

Itching on elbows thighs and knees. What is this?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that can be itchy. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My son has itching and white scaly skin on his elbows, ?

My son has itching and white scaly skin on his elbows, ?

Contact Dermatitis?: He may have contact dermatitis or an localsed allergic rash. You can try using over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone cream and if not better consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter has tiny blisters on her elbows and is complaining about itching?

My daughter has tiny blisters on her elbows and is complaining about itching?

Elbow blisters: Could be eczema or contact dermatitis. rarely could be infection Would follow up w/ doctor today may benefit from topical steroids and or antibiotics. ...Read more

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Rash on elbows. Like tiny bites with black pin head. Itching. Felt better after anti histamine?

Rash on elbows. Like tiny bites with black pin head. Itching. Felt better after anti histamine?

Elbow rash: Rash on both elbows can be due to psoriasis or from irritation, reaction to clothing, eczema also known as atopic dermatitis. If applying cortisone type ointment doesn't help, consult a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is this really bad itching ok? I had a procedure on my right elbow on friday. I know that the site itching is a sign of healing, but should it itch from my wrist to my neck?

Is this really bad itching ok? I had a procedure on my right elbow on friday. I know that the site itching is a sign of healing, but should it itch from my wrist to my neck?

Itching: Itching is a very non-specific symptom. Do you have a bandage, splint, or cast in place? Do you have allergies to medications? Is there a rash?

A simple explanation may be the soap used to wash your skin for surgery. If they washed from fingertips to neck, as would be done for most elbow surgery, you could be having some irritation or an allergic reaction. If you have a significant rash, then the scrub soap should be noted in your records as a medical allergy. However, not removing enough soap and covering the skin with bulky bandages can lead to irritation without a true allergy.

Other possibilities are sweating underneath bandages and allergic reactions to medications. Most infections cause pain, not itching. ...Read more

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What can be causing aching knees, ankles, elbows and wrists & itching?

What can be causing aching knees, ankles, elbows and wrists & itching?

Joint pain/itch: Many causes. Consider arthritis, rheumatoid, or connective tissue disease. The itching may be related to sensory nerve irritation from joint swelling, or it my be something separate. ...Read more

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Tiny red dots around inner elbow 5 days after getting blood drawn. No itching just visible?

Tiny red dots around inner elbow 5 days after getting blood drawn. No itching just visible?

Spots after blood: May just be from capillary breakeage from the turniquet. Would not worry, if persists or worsens (appears in other parts of body) then consider CBC, platelet count ...Read more