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Granuloma Annulare - Symptoms & Treatment


Granuloma annulare is an uncommon skin disease which is characterized by a harmless rash which turns as a ring on the skin. It usually does not itch, and may otherwise go unnoticed, the sizes of the lesions range from one to five centimeters. Granuloma annulare is a common condition of unknown cause. It appears most often over knuckles and other joints or in places that are subject to frequent, mild injury such as the back of the hands or top of the feet.

It is seen most often in older children and young adults. we can say in other world degenerative disease of the dermal connective tissue characterized by the development of erythematous papules or nodules in the pretibial area. Sometimes the diagnosis is not obvious, and other conditions may be considered. In such cases, a small biopsy will help to confirm the diagnosis.

Symptoms of Granuloma Annula

Some of the symptoms of Granuloma annulare incude:

  • Ringed red bumps back of hands, on soles of feet, on arms, on back of lower body part.
  • A skin biopsy may also be necessary to confirm the diagnosis of granuloma annulare.

Causes of Granuloma Annulare

The causes of Granuloma Annulare are consist the following:

Granuloma annulare is rarely associated with diabetes. Granuloma annulare most often affects children and young adults. It is slightly more common in girls. Granuloma annulare is most common in children and young adults, the reason is unknown. The condition is usually seen in otherwise healthy people. Occasionally, it may be associated with diabetes or thyroid disease. Its cause is unknown.

Some types of granuloma annulare have been linked with diabetes but this is very uncommon in the ordinary type. It usually affects children and young adults. The diagnosis of granuloma annulare is usually based on the appearance of the skin lesions.

Home Treatment and other treatment options for Granuloma Annulare

Treatment of granuloma annulare is difficult and, except for the cosmetic aspect, is usually unnecessary. Sometimes granuloma annulare responds to topical cortisone preparations. Cortisone injections can also be used to treat granuloma annulare. These are more effective than cortisone creams. The natural course of granuloma annulare is to eventually disappear on its own after several years in most patients. It may come and go, only to return again. Most cases clear up after a few years with or without treatment. Treatment may include prescription steroid creams or ointment. Some physicians may choose to freeze the lesions with liquid nitrogen.

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