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Swelling on elbow that looks like a liquid sack after hitting on kitchen counter. What could be done?

Feb 2014
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Smacked elbow on kitchen counter. Not all that violently. Swelled up and almost looks like a liquid sack under the skin. Am using ice bag, but swelling not going down after half-hour. Not a lot of pain.
Posted Mon, 18 Nov 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It seems to be soft tissue injury.

Detailed Answer:
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Liquid sac under skin is likely to be due to a haematoma formation in the area.

It seems to be soft tissue injury. It is better to go for x-ray to rule out any bony injury. You need to avoid massaging the area. Beside icing and elevating it, you can take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation.

Avoid lifting weight and rest well.

The pain and swelling might take over a week to subside. In case there is an acute pain and a sudden increase in swelling then consult your physician for a direct examination to rule out any infection in the area.

Hope this helps you. If you have any further queries I am happy to answer, if no kindly close the query.

Wishing you speedy recovery...

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