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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Elbow Redness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced elbow redness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. The patches mostly affect the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet.

    Psoriasis is a chronic condition. Often flare-ups come and go. In some cases, psoriasis goes away over time.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, scaly rash
    Symptoms that never occur with psoriasis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  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.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

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  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    facial redness, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    1-2 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    rash with well-defined border
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Arm

    Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life threatening skin condition stemming from the infection of a wound or injury. If left untreated, it can spread to body parts surrounding the infection changing the color of the skin and degrading the tissue underneath. This can result in muscle, tissue or limb loss and a severe body-wide response to the infection.

    1-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills
    Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing fasciitis of the arm:
    skin changes on arm
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Non - Specific Elbow Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific elbow rash:
    elbow redness
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific elbow rash:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Elbow Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?

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Elbow Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced elbow redness have also experienced:

    • 20% Elbow Pain
    • 13% Swollen Elbow
    • 9% Elbow Itch
  • People who have experienced elbow redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Less Than a Day
    • 29% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced elbow redness were most often matched with:

    • 50% Psoriasis
    • 33% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 16% 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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