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What causes redness, increased warmth and pain above the ankle?

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my husband has redness just above ankle is warm to touch and he has some pain
Mon, 28 May 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
redness, pain, increased warmth- part of inflammatory response

Detailed Answer:
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Redness, increased warmth and pain are part of the body's inflammatory response.

Inflammation can occur in response to trauma to an area or infection.
Infection can occur if he was scratched or bitten, bacteria can be introduced under the skin in these circumstances.

If an infection is possible, then he would need to see his doctor to get a course of antibiotics

If he was struck but not scratched or bitten then the symptoms are due to the trauma only not infection.
It can occur days after an initial injury.

Treatment mainly consists of--(1)rest of the affected area
(2)anti inflammatory medication if he can use these eg naproxen or ibuprofen
(3)apply a warm compress to the area
(4)elevate it if it is swollen

It can sometimes take 2 to 4 weeks for a soft tissue injury to improve though many persons improve before that time.
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