Scaly Elbow Bump Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand scaly elbow bump symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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  1. 5 Possible Scaly Elbow Bump Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
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5 Possible Scaly Elbow Bump Causes

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

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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Warts, also called common warts or verrucae, are small, rough, rounded growths on the top layer of the skin. They may appear alone or in clusters. Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are contagious through direct contact. They may spread from one place on the body to another simply through touch.


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Psoriasis causes an overgrowth of surface skin cells, creating a red, scaly, itchy, and painful rash.

It is believed to be an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own healthy skin cells. It may be genetic in origin but triggered by anything that further strains the immune system, such as infections, skin injury, alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking, and stress.

Symptoms may come and go in cycles lasting weeks or months. They include red patches of thickened skin, sometimes with gray-white scales; dry, cracked, bleeding skin; stiff and swollen joints; and thickened, misshapen nails.

It is important to see a medical provider for care, because psoriasis can interfere with quality of life. It is associated with higher risk of arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions.

Treatment involves different combinations of topical medications, oral medications, and phototherapy with natural or artificial light. Lifestyle changes such as improved diet, quitting smoking, and managing stress are very helpful in many cases.

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

Acanthosis nigricans

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition in which areas of dark, velvety discoloration appear in body folds and creases, such as armpits, the groin area, and the neck area. The skin changes of acanthosis nigricans usually occur in people who have diabetes or are obese.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: skin that is darker than it used to be, darkened skin over the neck, constant skin changes

Symptoms that always occur with acanthosis nigricans: skin that is darker than it used to be

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Atypical mole

Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: severe abdominal lump, brown-colored skin changes, moderate abdominal lump, atypical abdominal bump features, growing abdominal bump

Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole: black or brown abdominal bump, atypical abdominal bump features

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Scaly Elbow Bump

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

  • What color is the bump?
  • Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?
  • Have you received an organ transplantation before?
  • Have you been around anyone with the same symptoms, possibly exposing yourself to an infection?

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

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Scaly Elbow Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced scaly elbow bump have also experienced:

  • 22% Elbow Pain
  • 11% Elbow Bump
  • 5% Pain In One Elbow

People who have experienced scaly elbow bump were most often matched with:

  • 50% Psoriasis
  • 33% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
  • 16% Wart

People who have experienced scaly elbow bump had symptoms persist for:

  • 38% Over a month
  • 24% Less than a week
  • 13% Two weeks to a month

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

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