How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr Peter Bush Your Own Question
Dr Peter Bush
Dr Peter Bush, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 49
Experience:  Member of the Institute of Healthcare Management
75055251
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr Peter Bush is online now

I have been on my yacht for two months and about 3 weeks ago

Resolved Question:

I have been on my yacht for two months and about 3 weeks ago a large swelling arose on my left elbow. I was not aware of injuring it and there is no pain. The selling has got larger and is soft and pliable to the touch. There is some discomfort when I put weight on it and it is now about the size of a golf ball. I don't feel unwell. I am 74 years old and on 10mg Ramipril for high blood pressure. It will be four weeks until I gan get to my home Doctor.
Any advice ?
Desmond Scott
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Peter Bush replied 4 years ago.

Dr Peter Bush :

Hi thanks for your question

Dr Peter Bush :

Is the swelling causing you any pain at all

Customer:

No, a bit uncomfortable that is all

Dr Peter Bush :

Then it sounds like you may have an olecranon bursitis, it is nothing to do worry about, and should go away on its own.

Dr Peter Bush :

Is the movement of the elbow joint affected at all

Customer:

No, I can move in all directions

Dr Peter Bush :

Yes this definetly sounds like fluid on the elbow. This is what I recommend bearing in mind you are on a yacht at present and not able to see a medical professional.



  • No treatment may be needed. A small painless thickening or swelling is common. It often clears by itself. If a small amount of fluid remains once the inflammation has gone then this can be left alone. However, a large collection of fluid may be unsightly.

  • RICE treatment. You may find the swelling improves with (R)est, (I)ce packs, (C)ompression (wearing a bandage) and (E)levation (keeping the elbow in a raised position).

Dr Peter Bush :

If you keep to this, it should clear by itself, you may need to have some fluid removed if more remains when you are able to get to a medical professional.

Customer:

Thank you - rest is not a problem, if I had any more I would be asleep.

Customer:

How tight should a bandage be ?

Dr Peter Bush :

If the cause is an infection, then you may need some antibiotics, but this is safe until you get home. If you could leave a positive rate below.

Dr Peter Bush :

The bandage should be relaxed, not tight

Customer:

Thank you - you have been most helpful

Dr Peter Bush :

No problems, enjoy the rest of your break. If you need any further advice we are here to help you

Dr Peter Bush and other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Dr Peter Bush replied 4 years ago.
Hi,

I hope you are still having a good time aboard the yacht. How are things going?