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3 Potential Yellow or White Elbow Bump Causes

  1. 1.Whitehead

    Whiteheads are caused by hair follicles becoming clogged with oil & dead skin cells. When the clogged pore is closed to the air by a layer of skin cells, the oil/dead skin cells remains white (as opposed to a blackhead).

    Whiteheads should go away within the next 3-4 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small elbow lump, yellow or white elbow bump
    Symptoms that always occur with whitehead:
    small elbow lump, yellow or white elbow bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  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
  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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Yellow or White Elbow Bump

  • Q.Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?
  • Q.Turn your head toward the side of your body that is hurting. Lift your head up as someone else pushes down on your head. Does this cause greater pain in your upper body? (This is known as Spurling's test.)
  • Q.Have someone feel for your pulse (at the wrist) on the side of your body that hurts. Now, turn your head to that side. Does the pulse go away? (This is known as the Adson's test.)
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Yellow or White Elbow Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced yellow or white elbow bump have also experienced:

    • 37% Elbow Pain
    • 12% Dull Elbow Pain
    • 6% Tibia Deformity
  • People who have experienced yellow or white 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 yellow or white elbow bump were most often matched with:

    • 32% Skin Abscess
    • 25% Whitehead
  • 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.

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