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Your Painful Elbow Lump May Also be Known as:
Painful bump in elbow
Painful lump in elbow
Painful mass in elbow

Top 6 Painful Elbow Lump Causes

  1. 1.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    large elbow lump, marble sized elbow lump, painful elbow lump, pink or red elbow bump, yellow or white elbow bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    Though some cases of acne prompt patients to visit a dermatologist, most cases can be treated with proper hygiene and over-the-counter medications. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red elbow bump, marble sized elbow lump, painful elbow lump, small elbow lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red elbow bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Severe Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    You should head to the nearest ER by car since your infection seems like it might be spreading. It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after the inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, pink or red elbow bump, marble sized elbow lump, worsening elbow redness
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red elbow bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  4. 4.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    small elbow lump, skin-colored elbow bump, painful elbow lump, pink or red elbow bump, elbow itch
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  5. 5.Bartonella Infection (Cat - Scratch Disease)

    Cat-scratch disease is an infection with bartonella bacteria that may occur after a cat bite. In most cases, the disease is not serious.

    You should visit your physician in the next few days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, fever, sore throat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Cherry Angioma

    A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.

    You do not need to see a doctor for a cherry angioma. If you want to get rid of the spot, a doctor can prescribe propranolol, topical beta-blockers, and systemic corticosteroids on a case-by-case basis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Symptoms that always occur with cherry angioma:
    small elbow lump, cherry red elbow bump, unchanged elbow bump
    Symptoms that never occur with cherry angioma:
    painful elbow lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Elbow Lump

  • Q.How long has your elbow pain been going on?
  • Q.Is your elbow pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long have you had the bump?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Painful Elbow Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful elbow lump have also experienced:

    • 8% Dizziness
    • 8% Pain in One Elbow
    • 8% Stomach Bloating
  • People who have experienced painful elbow lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 50% Over a Month
    • 14% Less Than a Week
    • 12% Less Than a Day
  • 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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