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7 Potential Elbow Itch Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    This is a long-term, recurring condition but symptoms are manageable with care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Elbow

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow redness, elbow itch, scabbed area of the elbow
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the elbow:
    elbow redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    penis itch, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, penile redness, scrotal itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, elbow itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored elbow bump, small elbow lump, painful elbow lump, elbow itch, marble sized elbow lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  6. 6.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, wrist itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, penis itch, penile redness, scrotal itch, groin itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Elbow Itch

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to glues, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, soaps, detergents, or other common household chemicals?

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Elbow Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced elbow itch have also experienced:

    • 13% Elbow Skin Changes
    • 7% Knee Itch
    • 7% Light Red or Pink Bump on Skin
  • People who have experienced elbow itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Over a Month
    • 20% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced elbow itch were most often matched with:

    • 67% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 26% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Elbow
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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