Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview

Skin Tenderness Overview

What causes skin tenderness?
Skin tenderness may be caused by infections, injuries, or burns to the skin. Skin infections usually result in a red skin rash. Skin infections include skin abscess, skin ulcer, cellulitis, impetigo, and shingles. Skin injuries include abrasions, contusions, lacerations, and puncture wounds. Skin tenderness is also caused by sunburn, thermal burns, and chemical burns.

What symptoms can occur with skin tenderness?
Symptoms that occur with skin tenderness include skin pain, skin redness, skin rash, skin swelling, blisters, skin lesion, skin lump, swollen lymph glands (localized), and pus draining from the skin.

How does the doctor treat skin tenderness?
Treatment for skin tenderness depends on the underlying cause. General treatment for skin tenderness may include skin moisturizers, corticosteroid creams, narcotic pain medication, antibiotics for infections, and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication.

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