Arm Pain and What You Can Do About it

Who can concentrate driving when you have a pain in right arm or left arm? It is the same as having uncontrollable itchy armpits when you have to stop driving and then scratch your armpit really hard. I remember having a painful left arm before because of an accident before and I had to let someone drive for me for a few days because of the severe pain. Yet, painful arm is a common problem among many drivers.

Arm pain is pain that affects the part from the shoulder down to the wrist joint. Arms are made up of joints, bones, tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and ligaments, in which injury to any of them can cause mild to severe pain. The pain could last for a few days, weeks, months or remain constant. It can also be felt on a particular area of the arm only or on the entire arm. A person with arm pain may suffer from a piercing or tingly pain and may also experience pain-like sensations such as pins and needles, burning sensation, or prickling. Some pain may just cause discomfort while others may have debilitating pain, limiting your movement.

There is a wide variety of conditions that may cause a painful arm, ranging from trauma to problems in the nerves. Sometimes, the pain is only a referred pain where the pain is originating from other parts of the body; it can be indication of a heart attack. This is especially true if the pain affects the left arm and is coupled with other symptoms such as squeezing pain felt in the middle of the chest, vomiting, nauseas, irregular heart rate, sweating, and difficulty in breathing. In this case, you need to call or visit a doctor for help.

Additionally, even if you do not have the symptoms that are indicative of a heart attack and even if the pain is persistent and recurring, you should still see a doctor.

Other possible causes of arm pain are trauma especially during physical activities, muscle tension, pinched nerves, bicipital tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and cervical disk herniation among others. It would be good to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis of your condition.

But as a patient, there are also basic things that you could do to alleviate the symptoms or prevent further damage to the affected arm. One of them is to remove all jewelries and unnecessary decorations in the arm including your watch, bracelets and other jewelries as soon as you feel the pain. Doing so can also help in preventing these jewelries from getting stuck in case the area becomes inflamed. You should also try your best to always elevate the affected arm above the level of the heart. This is very important to avoid swelling. Additionally, if your doctor recommends any medication, take it unless you are allergic to it.

Arm pain may not be life-threatening, but it does need your attention because serious complications may result from it. If you are in doubt about what causes your pain and on how to treat it, it is best if you consult your doctor.

FAQ About Scalp Folliculitis

Are you curious what scalp folliculitis is? Well, I am, because I have known of several drivers like me who suffer from this condition. And it is unsightly aside from the fact that it causes them discomfort. That is why I researched more about this condition and I thought of sharing with you the answer to some of the frequently asked questions about it.

What is folliculitis on scalp?

This condition is different from scabs on scalp as some other people think. But it is more similar to severe scalp acne, although it only occurs on hair follicles.

What are the symptoms of folliculitis on scalp?

Normally, white pimples appear along the hairline and scalp. It is normally accompanied by rashes, irritation, itchiness and pain. In some cases, the pimples also contain blood or pus.

What causes folliculitis?

Folliculitis in any part of the body is normally caused by bacteria, fungi or yeast infection in the hair follicles. You can get them from bathing in hot tubs, wearing tight clothing, improper shaving, and lack of hygiene. Additionally, people who have wounds, skin infection such as dermatitis or eczema, diabetes, or are using steroids, are also at risk of folliculitis.

Is folliculitis on scalp contagious?

Yes, it is highly contagious. It can spread to other parts of your body and to other people. You can avoid spreading it by always using fresh linens, clean towels and proper hygiene. It is also important to always disinfect your hair accessories and tools and to never share them with others.

What is the home remedy for folliculitis on scalp?

One of the effective home remedies for folliculitis on scalp is a warm and moist compress made from equal parts white vinegar and water. This compress is also effective in relieving the itchiness and discomfort. You can also apply shampoo which contains tea tree oil because it contains antibacterial and germicidal properties. Another option is using a shampoo that contains salicylic acid for reducing oil.

Who can have folliculitis on scalp?

While any age group can be affected by folliculitis, more often, it affects teens and young adults.

When should I see a doctor for folliculitis on scalp?

Mild cases of folliculitis normally clear up after most types of treatments, including home remedies. However, if the infection continues on without improvement after several weeks, you should already see your doctor for treatment. This is also advised if your infection has started to spread to other parts of the body. Additionally, if your symptom is accompanied by fever, swelling, and pain, you should also refer to your doctor for a more aggressive treatment.

What are the complications if folliculitis is not treated?

If not treated folliculitis may lead to cellulitis which is a more serious infection that can spread in the entire body. It may also develop into furunculous which is characterized by painful boils beneath the skin and contain pus. Lastly, it can result to skin pigmentation, scars and hair loss.

Anyone of us can develop folliculitis if we are not too careful. I am posting this FAQ so that others will also be informed about the things we all need to know concerning folliculitis on scalp.