Forearm Redness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your forearm redness symptoms, including 7 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 7 Possible Forearm Redness Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

7 Possible Forearm Redness Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced forearm redness. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Non-specific forearm 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.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: forearm redness

Symptoms that always occur with non-specific forearm rash: forearm redness

Symptoms that never occur with non-specific forearm rash: fever

Urgency: Wait and watch

Allergic contact dermatitis of the arm

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.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: forearm redness, forearm itch, scabbed area of the forearm

Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the arm: forearm redness

Urgency: Self-treatment

Insect bite on the arm

Insect bites are a common occurrence. Despite the discomfort they cause, most bites are harmless and will resolve on their own.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: swollen forearm, mild forearm pain, forearm bump, forearm redness, forearm itch

Symptoms that never occur with insect bite on the arm: fever, worsening forearm redness, severe forearm pain, high-pitched breathing, wheezing, racing heart beat

Urgency: Self-treatment

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Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deep layers of the skin. It can appear anywhere on the body but is most common on the feet, lower legs, and face.

The condition can develop if Staphylococcus bacteria enter broken skin through a cut, scrape, or existing skin infection such as impetigo or eczema.

Most susceptible are those with a weakened immune system, as from corticosteroids or chemotherapy, or with impaired circulation from diabetes or any vascular disease.

Symptoms arise somewhat gradually and include sore, reddened skin.

If not treated, the infection can become severe, form pus, and destroy the tissue around it. In rare cases, the infection can cause blood poisoning or meningitis.

Symptom of severe pain, fever, cold sweats, and fast heartbeat should be seen immediately by a medical provider.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination.

Treatment consists of antibiotics, keeping the wound clean, and sometimes surgery to remove any dead tissue. Cellulitis often recurs, so it is important to treat any underlying conditions and improve the immune system with rest and good nutrition.

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

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.

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

Eczema (atopic dermatitis)

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a non-contagious chronic skin condition that produces an itchy rash. It is caused by a genetic condition that affects the skin's ability to protect itself from bacteria and allergens. The most susceptible are those with a family hi...

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Allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac

Plants of the Toxicodendron genus are found throughout the continental United States, and exposure to these plants is a leading cause of contact dermititis, a medical term used to describe irritation and itching of the skin.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: rash, itchy rash, red rash, skin changes on arm, stinging or burning rash

Symptoms that always occur with allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac: itchy rash, rash

Symptoms that never occur with allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac: fever

Urgency: Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Forearm Redness

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you have a rash?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Is the red area flaky or rough to the touch?
  • Are you allergic to anything?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Forearm Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced forearm redness have also experienced:

  • 13% Upper Arm Redness
  • 3% Swollen Forearm
  • 3% Hand Redness

People who have experienced forearm redness were most often matched with:

  • 50% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Arm
  • 50% Insect Bite On The Arm

People who have experienced forearm redness had symptoms persist for:

  • 34% Less than a day
  • 31% Less than a week
  • 21% Over a month

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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