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3 Potential Shoulder Redness 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.Non - Specific Shoulder 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.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shoulder redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific shoulder rash:
    shoulder redness
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific shoulder rash:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  2. 2.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Shoulder

    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.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shoulder itch, shoulder redness
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the shoulder:
    shoulder redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, shoulder pain, shoulder injury, shoulder redness, painful shoulder swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    shoulder redness, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Shoulder Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?

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Shoulder Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced shoulder redness have also experienced:

    • 16% Upper Arm Redness
    • 13% Hand Redness
    • 13% Forearm Redness
  • People who have experienced shoulder redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 41% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced shoulder redness were most often matched with:

    • 21% Non - Specific Shoulder Rash
    • 14% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Shoulder
    • 14% Cellulitis
  • 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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