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Dr. Arthur Balin
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Granuloma Annulare (Overview)

Granuloma annulare or ga is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin that shows up as raised reddish bumps that often form rings. It is usually seen on hands, elbows, knees, but can be almost anywhere on the body. It can be treated with topical or injected steroids as well as a variety of other medications.


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How do you treat granuloma annulare?

How do you treat granuloma annulare?

Steroids etc.: Granuloma annulare is a condition where granulomas (little lumps of immune reactive tissue) form in the skin. Treatment is usually with steroid injections into the granulomas, but other therapies include ultraviolet light therapy, creams, and oral medications. Speak to your doctor because choice of treatment depends on what your condition looks like. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
28 doctors shared insights

Granuloma Annulare (Overview)

Granuloma annulare or ga is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin that shows up as raised reddish bumps that often form rings. It is usually seen on hands, elbows, knees, but can be almost anywhere on the body. It can be treated with topical or injected steroids as well as a variety of other medications.


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Is it possible to have granuloma annulare and not have any symptoms?

Is it possible to have granuloma annulare and not have any symptoms?

Yes: Not all granuloma annulare plaques will itch. It can go away on its own or you can treat it with topical and injectable corticosteroids. ...Read more

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What does it mean if i've been diagnosed with granuloma annulare?

What does it mean if i've been diagnosed with granuloma annulare?

Skin granulomas: Granuloma annulare is a condition where granulomas (little lumps of immune reactive tissue) form in the skin. It can occasionally be associated with thyroid disease or diabetes, so you should be worked up for those conditions by your doctor. Otherwise, it is benign and of only cosmetic concern. Treatment is usually with steroid injections into the granulomas, but other therapies are described. ...Read more

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How do I know how serious my granuloma annulare is?

How do I know how serious my granuloma annulare is?

Granuloma annulare: Granuloma annulare (ga) is essentially never serious. It is unsightly, can itch , can be associated with other diseases like diabetes and can affect multiple areas, but it not a serious infection or related to cancer. See your doctor for treatment options. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have granuloma annulare? Is this life threatening?

What does it mean to have granuloma annulare? Is this life threatening?

Benign skin rash: Granuloma annulare (ga for short) is a relatively common inflammatory disease that occurs in all age groups. Ga is characterized clinically by raised skin colored to red bumps arranged in a ring like pattern usually on hands and feet. The precise cause of ga is unknown. ...Read more

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What is a treatment for granuloma annulare?

What is a treatment for granuloma annulare?

Depends: There are several types of ga. Sometimes topical steroids can be used, even intralesional steroids at times. However, the more common types of ga can and will get better slowly over time. I'd have a dermatologist take a look. ...Read more

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What are the some treatments for granuloma annulare?

Tx: Granuloma annulare may be treated with topical or injectable corticosteroids, liquid nitrogen, light therapy or prescription oral medications. ...Read more

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Granuloma annulare is considered idiopathic. Origin, trajectory, cure are all enigmatic. What is the state of research into this widespread disease?

Self-limiting: I'm unaware of any major research efforts as granoloma annulare is not known to pose any significant risks and generally self-resolves in about 1 year. ...Read more

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I have granuloma annulare on my thumb and elbow. My dermatologist says there isn't much that can be done to get rid of it. Any home remedies?

I have granuloma annulare on my thumb and elbow.  My dermatologist says there isn't much that can be done to get rid of it.  Any home remedies?

Treatment: Has your dermatologist used intralesional steroids? Are you on topical steroids, topical taclonex? Are you near a university center ? The dermatologist there may be able to help you. ...Read more

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What's granuloma annulare disease?

Skin granulomas: Granuloma annulare is a condition where granulomas (little lumps of immune reactive tissue) form in the skin. It can occasionally be associated with thyroid disease or diabetes, so you should be worked up for those conditions by your doctor. Otherwise, it is benign and of only cosmetic concern. Treatment is usually with steroid injections into the granulomas, but other therapies are described. ...Read more