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Your Elbow Redness May Also be Known as:
Elbow blushing
Elbow flushing
Flushed elbow
Red elbow

Top 5 Elbow Redness Causes

  1. 1.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

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

    You should go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic to be treated. The usual treatment for atopic eczema involves avoiding irritants and other triggers, using moisturizers to prevent inflammation, as well as steroid creams and ointments when the inflammation flares up.

    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.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.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    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

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  3. 3.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.

    You can safely treat this condition on at home. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow redness, elbow itch
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the elbow:
    elbow redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    You should go to your primary care doctor tomorrow. There, he or she will inspect your skin and determine if antibiotics are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, elbow pain, elbow redness, painful elbow swelling, recent elbow injury
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    elbow redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.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.

    You should visit your local emergency room where blood tests can be run and a consultation can be made by a skin specialist. If caught early, antibiotics, cleaning, and a stay in the hospital can help control the infection. If serious, additionally procedures may be required. It is important to get treatment due to the possibility of this becoming a serious, life-threatening condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, chills
    Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing fasciitis of the arm:
    skin changes on arm
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Elbow Redness

  • Q.How red is your elbow?
  • Q.How long has your elbow been red?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Is your elbow redness constant or come-and-go?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our elbow redness symptom checker.

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Elbow Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced elbow redness have also experienced:

    • 11% Swollen Elbow
    • 7% Knee Redness
  • People who have experienced elbow redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 33% Less Than a Day
    • 16% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced elbow redness were most often matched with:

    • 45% Non - Specific Elbow Rash
    • 40% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Elbow
    • 14% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

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