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5 Potential Elbow Redness 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.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

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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.

    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
  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.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, elbow pain, elbow redness, recent elbow injury, painful elbow swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    elbow redness, area of skin 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.

    1-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    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

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:

    • 18% Elbow Pain
    • 11% Swollen Elbow
    • 10% Elbow Itch
  • People who have experienced elbow redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Less Than a Day
    • 29% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced elbow redness were most often matched with:

    • 48% Non - Specific Elbow Rash
    • 31% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Elbow
    • 21% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
  • 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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