Swelling of One Forearm Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your swelling of one forearm symptoms, including 5 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Swelling Of One Forearm Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

5 Possible Swelling Of One Forearm Causes

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

Insect bite on the arm

Insect bites are a common occurrence. Despite the discomfort they cause, most bites are harmless and will resolve on their own.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: swollen forearm, mild forearm pain, forearm bump, forearm redness, forearm itch

Symptoms that never occur with insect bite on the arm: fever, worsening forearm redness, severe forearm pain, high-pitched breathing, wheezing, racing heart beat

Urgency: Self-treatment

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deep layers of the skin. It can appear anywhere on the body but is most common on the feet, lower legs, and face.

The condition can develop if Staphylococcus bacteria enter broken skin through a cut, scrape, or existing skin infection such as impetigo or eczema.

Most susceptible are those with a weakened immune system, as from corticosteroids or chemotherapy, or with impaired circulation from diabetes or any vascular disease.

Symptoms arise somewhat gradually and include sore, reddened skin.

If not treated, the infection can become severe, form pus, and destroy the tissue around it. In rare cases, the infection can cause blood poisoning or meningitis.

Symptom of severe pain, fever, cold sweats, and fast heartbeat should be seen immediately by a medical provider.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination.

Treatment consists of antibiotics, keeping the wound clean, and sometimes surgery to remove any dead tissue. Cellulitis often recurs, so it is important to treat any underlying conditions and improve the immune system with rest and good nutrition.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain

Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis: facial redness, area of skin redness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Bruised forearm

A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the forearm are common, often due to minor injuries.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: constant forearm pain, pain in one forearm, forearm pain from an injury, forearm bruise, swelling of one forearm

Symptoms that always occur with bruised forearm: forearm pain from an injury, constant forearm pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Buckle fracture of distal radius

A buckle fracture of the wrist, also known as a torus fracture, is a condition that are most common in children aged 5-10 years due to the elasticity of their bones. This fracture occurs when force is applied to the radius (one of the two bones of the forearm), causing the bone to split along the growth plate.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: constant forearm pain, forearm pain from an injury, pain in one forearm, swollen forearm, wrist injury

Symptoms that always occur with buckle fracture of distal radius: forearm pain from an injury, constant forearm pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Acute forearm bone infection (osteomyelitis)

Osteomyelitis of the forearm is a bacterial or fungal infection of the bone, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: moderate fever, spontaneous forearm pain, constant forearm pain, warm and red forearm swelling, painful surgical site

Symptoms that always occur with acute forearm bone infection (osteomyelitis): spontaneous forearm pain, constant forearm pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling Of One Forearm

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

  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?
  • Is your swollen area warm and red?
  • How would you explain your forearm pain?

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

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Swelling Of One Forearm Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced swelling of one forearm have also experienced:

  • 16% Pain In One Forearm
  • 11% Forearm Pain
  • 4% Swelling Of One Hand

People who have experienced swelling of one forearm were most often matched with:

  • 66% Cellulitis
  • 16% Insect Bite On The Arm
  • 16% Bruised Forearm

People who have experienced swelling of one forearm had symptoms persist for:

  • 36% Less than a week
  • 33% Less than a day
  • 16% Over a month

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

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