Q. How to cure a swollen, red, and hot elbow with no history of trauma?

Answered by
Dr. Varunbabu Aucha
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 10, 2022

Hello doctor,

My elbow has swollen up a lot over the day and is very red and hot. I have never had anything like this before. It is very painful to bend or even to keep straight. I have taken Xanax occasionally and also had Cialis 10 mg today.



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Do you have any history of trauma? If you have any history of trauma, you might need an x-ray (anteroposterior and lateral view) of the involved elbow. If there is no history of trauma, I suggest you consult a specialist and start the medication mentioned below with their consent.

  1. Tablet Augmentin 625 mg (Amoxycillin and Clavulanic Acid) morning and evening for five days.
  2. Tablet Chymoral forte (Trypsin and Chymotrypsin) morning and evening for five days.
  3. Tablet Pantop 40 mg (Pantoprazole) daily once half an hour before breakfast for five days.
  4. Tablet Aceclo plus (Aceclofenac and Paracetamol) morning and evening for five days.

Take care.

Hello doctor,

No trauma whatsoever. It started today early morning and quickly worsened as the day went on. Is it really necessary then to get an x-ray? What is your opinion about the infection in the elbow? Is it gout? I have no history of gout, but my father had gout.



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If there is no history of trauma, there is nothing to be worried about. It could be an infection due to which there is inflammation, and this is why the area is red and hot. The signs of inflammation need to be reduced, for which I suggested antibiotics and analgesics above. You can start them after consulting a specialist. If you feel any difficulty or increase in swelling, do consult a nearby doctor.

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