Read below about pink or red elbow bump, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your pink or red elbow bump from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

A.I. Health Assistant

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having pink or red elbow bump

Take a quiz

5 Potential Pink or Red Elbow Bump Causes

  1. 1.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.

    The severity of the acne dictates treatment-type and duration. With proper treatment, acne should resolve in weeks to months. In some cases, acne is a long-term condition.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red elbow bump, painful elbow lump, small elbow lump, marble sized elbow lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red elbow bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.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").

    Good prognosis with treatment

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

    Pink or Red Elbow Bump Checker

    Take a quiz to find out why you’re having pink or red elbow bump.

    Take a quiz
  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.

    92-96% resolve with treatment within 7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, pink or red elbow bump, marble sized elbow lump, painful elbow lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red elbow bump, red bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Skin cancer falls into two major groups: Non-melanoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored elbow bump, painless elbow lump, small elbow lump, growing elbow bump, marble sized elbow lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.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

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored elbow bump, small elbow lump, painful elbow lump, elbow itch, marble sized elbow lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pink or Red Elbow Bump

  • Q.Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is the bump cherry red?
  • Q.What is your body mass?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, try our pink or red elbow bump symptom checker to find out more.

Take a quiz

Pink or Red Elbow Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pink or red elbow bump have also experienced:

    • 17% Elbow Pain
    • 11% Elbow Bump
    • 11% Elbow Itch
  • People who have experienced pink or red elbow bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Over a Month
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced pink or red elbow bump were most often matched with:

    • 44% Pimple
    • 44% Skin Abscess
    • 10% Severe Skin Abscess
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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.

A.I. Health Assistant

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having pink or red elbow bump

Take a quiz