Skin rash is a symptom of many conditions. A rash appears as a red, swollen area anywhere on the skin surface. The lesions can be of different size, shape and texture. A rash may appear as bumps, scales, white flakes, discolored patches without swelling or tiny boils filled with pus. Rash on elbows may appear due to variety of reasons. It may occur on front, back or on both sides of elbow. Some of them may be due to local cause and rest may be due to systemic affections.
Rashes that appear on elbow may be itchy or non itchy.The treatment of rash on elbow always depends on accurate diagnosis. The primary treatment is to reduce inflammation and itching if present. In majority of cases, rash on elbow can be cured with home remedies, however in certain clinical conditions various specialty consultations may be required.
What Are The Causes Of Rash On The Elbows?
When you find that you have rash on elbow, you should first find out what caused this before you try to find a remedy for it. There are lots of reasons why you may find a rash on your elbows and here are some of them:
Rash on elbow can be differentiated in two forms; local causes and systemic causes.
- One of the common reasons for rash on elbow is contact dermatitis. It is an allergic reaction to substances that comes in contact with skin around the elbow. This may include cosmetics, lotions, soaps and detergents, metals, etc. The chemicals and minerals present in them may react with the skin to produce rash.
- Allergic reaction to certain common allergens like poison ivy, or poison oak may also cause rashes when they come in contact with skin around the elbow.
- Excessive sweating in the inner aspect of elbow may cause tiny red eruptions in some people. They are similar to milliary rash.
- Insect bites on the elbow can also be one of the causes of rash on your elbows.
- Certain autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis, rheumatoid disease or skin conditions such as eczema and shingles may cause rash on elbow.
Home Remedies For Rash On Your Elbows
If you find that you have an unsightly rash on your elbows and you think that going to the doctor is not necessary for it, you might want to try some of these home remedies to help eliminate them sooner:
- If the rash on elbow is caused by allergic reactions to allergens like poison ivy, you should wash the area off with cool water and soap. Apply an anti-itch lotion over the rash or some fresh aloe vera gel to help stop the itching.
- If the rash is caused by your usage of cosmetics, soaps, and other substances you are allergic to, discontinue using these items and soothe area with the same method mentioned above.
- If the rash begins to develop a dry and flaky surface, try to keep your elbows moisturized with the help of an application of olive oil right before bedtime. You can also keep the skin on your elbows from drying out due to these rashes with the use of fresh aloe vera gel to be applied at least 2 to 3 times a day.
- Apply ice over the itching area. It alleviates and soothes the inflamed skin as well as itching.
- If you have history of allergy to certain foods and medications, avoid eating them.
Seek medical help under following circumstances:
- If the rash lasts for more than a week.
- Pain in affected elbow area.
- In case of suspected infection.
If there are systemic symptoms associated with rash such as fever, headache, pus filled boils, excessive itching, bleeding etc.