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3 Potential Mild Elbow Swelling 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.Seborrheic Dermatitis

    Seborrheic dermatitis is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin. The exact cause of this condition is not known, although doctors think that some common skin yeast organisms, called Malassezia, may play a role in some people.

    Weeks to months with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, scalp skin changes, cheek skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with seborrheic dermatitis:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  2. 2.Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis)

    Tinea Capitis is a fungal infection of the scalp. It often causes itching, dandruff, and sometimes bald spots. It can be transmitted from one person to another.

    Treatment will last from 4-12 weeks, but the symptoms should resolve a few weeks into treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp itchiness, patchy hair loss, scalp redness, scaling of the scalp, rash
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mild Elbow Swelling

  • Q.Your elbow swelling affects:
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you presses on your elbow?
  • Q.Is your swollen area warm and red?

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Mild Elbow Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mild elbow swelling have also experienced:

    • 50% Elbow Pain
    • 11% Elbow Redness
    • 5% Groin Itch
  • People who have experienced mild elbow swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 42% Less Than a Week
    • 26% Less Than a Day
    • 13% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced mild elbow swelling were most often matched with:

    • 4% Seborrheic Dermatitis
    • 4% Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis)
    • 4% Psoriasis
  • 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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