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Your Darkened Skin Over the Elbows May Also be Known as:
Darkened elbow skin
Skin darkening of the elbow

Top 4 Darkened Skin Over the Elbows Causes

  1. 1.Non - Specific Elbow Pain

    Elbow pain can be caused by a host of things, but is often idiopathic (without cause).

    Your elbow pain is normal and unlikely to be caused by a serious illness. You can try over the counter pain medication like Tylenol. If the pain becomes severe, see a physician.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, pain in one elbow
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific elbow pain:
    pain in one elbow
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific elbow pain:
    recent elbow injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis

    Bursae are small fluid-filled sacks located around the body in strategic locations to provide a cushion and help reduce friction. Olecranon bursitis, or elbow bursitis, is an inflammation of the bursa right on the angle of the elbow, causing pain.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Commonly, resting the elbow, applying ice, compression, and keeping the elbow in a raised position can be helpful. Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) may help reduce the pain symptoms as well.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one elbow, swollen elbow, warm and red elbow swelling, elbow pain from an injury, elbow pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with elbow (olecranon) bursitis:
    swollen elbow
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

    Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is soreness or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by resting your arm for 2-3 weeks and avoid the activity that causes your symptoms. You may also put ice on the outside of your elbow 2-3 times a day and take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) or aspirin, as needed. Contact your physician if home treatment does not relieve the pain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, pain in one elbow, hand weakness, pain in the thumb side of the elbow, elbow pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis):
    elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Elbow Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the elbow are common, often due to minor injury.

    You can treat this at home with R.I.C.E - rest (exercise as tolerated), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (this is pretty optional), and elevation.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant elbow pain, pain in one elbow, elbow pain from an injury, recent elbow injury, swollen elbow
    Symptoms that always occur with elbow bruise:
    recent elbow injury, elbow pain from an injury, constant elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Darkened Skin Over the Elbows

  • Q.How long has your elbow pain been going on?
  • Q.Is your elbow pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?
  • Q.Do you purposely tan (using sun, tanning beds, or UV rays)?

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Darkened Skin Over the Elbows Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced darkened skin over the elbows have also experienced:

    • 20% Elbow Pain
    • 20% Dry Skin
    • 20% Rash
  • People who have experienced darkened skin over the elbows were most often matched with:

    • 40% Non - Specific Elbow Pain
    • 20% Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis
    • 20% Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

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