What causes arm pain and rash? 9 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Bites and Stings

Saliva from insect bites and venom from stings can cause a reaction such as swelling and itching. Bee stings can cause these symptoms and possibly anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition.

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Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-voster virus, which also causes chickenpox. Following pain and burning,fluid-filled blisters that break easily are common symptoms.

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Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is a possible and potentially serious complication of strep throat. It tends to occur in children between five and 15 years old. Rash is one possible sign of this condition.

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a contagious condition that usually affects young children. It presents as a rash on the hands and feet along with blisters in the mouth.

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease and the most common type of lupus. One of its common symptoms is a rash on the cheeks and nose called a "butterfly rash."

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a form of chronic arthritis that affects children. It is a long-term autoimmune condition characterized by stiffness and swelling in the joints. Most cases of JRA are mild.

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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infectious condition transmitted via tick bite. A "bull's eye" rash at the site of the bite is an early symptom of this disease.

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Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki disease is a rare, serious condition causing heart problems in children. The disease can also affect the lymph nodes, the skin, and the mucous membranes found inside the nose, throat, and mouth.

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Erysipelas is a bacterial infection in the upper layer of your skin. A raised rash or blisters occur most commonly on the legs and face, and may be accompanied by fever and chills.

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