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Old 01-18-2008, 09:25 AM   #1
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itchy, bumpy elbow

Recently (as in starting about 3 months ago) my left elbow becomes itchy and bumps form on it. It looks like poison ivy (best way to describe it) although it is not weepy and I have not been in contact with anything like poison ivy. It seems to be soothed by soaking in epson salt, however I cannot figure out the origin of the "rash" (for lack of knowing what it is). It lasts a couple days to a couple weeks. I have not changed any detergents, and it is just my elbow affected (on occassion the right one will get the same way, but not near the degree). Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Old 01-18-2008, 09:55 AM   #2
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Re: itchy, bumpy elbow

What you are describing sounds exactly like what I get from time to time. My elbows also get dry red itchy and bumpy, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with contact dermatitis. Simply put, when I rested my elbows on something, my knees, desk, floor, whatever, something irritated my skin. I was given a prescription for some hydrocortisone cream and sent on my way. The cream worked wonders and it cleared up in a few days! You may want to try an over the counter variety, just apply 2-3 times a day until cleared up. Of course It is always best to ask a doctor about your elbows, if you can. I hope this helps.

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