Pain, Skin redness: 21 Possible Causes
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What causes pain and skin redness? 21 possible conditions

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

1

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis may first appear as a red, swollen area that feels hot and tender to the touch.

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2

Chemical Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Find information about chemical burns and how to prevent them. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of chemical burns.

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3

Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Burns are characterized by severe skin damage in which many of the affected cells die. Most people can recover from burns without serious health consequences.

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4

First Degree Burn

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A first-degree burn is a superficial burn affecting the first layer of skin. It is a mild form of skin injury, though large and painful burns may require a doctor visit.

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5

Stasis Dermatitis And Ulcers

Find detailed information on stasis dermatitis and ulcers, including causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

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6

Drug Allergy Overview

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A drug allergy is an allergic reaction to a medication. Your immune system identifies the drug as foreign and acts to eliminate it from your body.

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7

Shingles

Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Chickenpox can live on in your nervous tissues.

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8

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an infection that may develop after strep throat. It usually affects children between six and 15 years old. It can cause a rash that consists of small red bumps and feels like sandpaper.

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9

Psoriasis Overview

Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious skin disease characterized by red patches of skin often accompanied by silvery-white scales of dead skin cells. It may occur anywhere on the body.

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10

Bites and Stings

Whether you're in the water, on a mountain trail, or in your backyard, wildlife you encounter have ways of protecting themselves and their territory. One method of defense involves biting or stinging. The wounds ca...

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11

Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a bone marrow disorder in which the body produces an excessive amount of red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to all parts of the body. Blood is carrie...

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12

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the edges or corners of the nail grow into the skin next to it, causing tenderness, redness, and even bleeding.

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13

Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer that typically develops in the shinbone near the knee, the thighbone near the knee, or the upper arm bone near the shoulder.

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14

Thrombophlebitis

Thrombophlebitis is an inflammation of a vein, usually in the leg, that can cause swelling or redness. If left untreated, it can lead to a pulmonary embolism.

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15

Anal/Rectal Abscess

An anal, or rectal, abscess occurs when a cavity in the anus becomes filled with pus. In addition to pain, it can cause fatigue, rectal discharge, and fever.

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16

Marine Animal Bites or Stings

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Many marine animals bite or sting. Some deliver venom through their teeth, tentacles, spines, or skin. Others, such as sharks, aren't venomous but can inflict serious bites with their large, sharp teeth. Most creature...

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17

Poisoning Due to Black Widow Spider Venom (Black Widow Spider Bites)

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Learn how people often react to black widow spider bites. Read about how they can be treated and avoided.

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18

Neutropenia

Neutropenia is an abnormally low level of neutrophils in the blood. Neutrophils are white blood cells produced in bone marrow and make up about 60% of blood.

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19

Leprosy

Leprosy is a chronic, progressive bacterial infection that can cause disfigurement and disability if left untreated.

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20

Ankle Ulcers

An ulcer is an open sore or lesion on the body that is slow to heal or keeps returning. It may be painful. Ulcers result from skin tissue breaking down.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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