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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Granuloma Annulare (Definition)

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 ...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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I have a terrible case of granuloma annulare on my arms. How do you treat it?

I have a terrible case of granuloma annulare on my arms.  How do you treat it?

Injections, dasone: If topical do not work than intralesional steroids will ftten , lesion. For extensive cases a drug called Dapsone can help.Allopurinol is a other drug that works in some people who are resistant to dapsone. ...Read more

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Aside from thyroid dysfunction, what underlying diseases are associated with granuloma annulare?

Aside from thyroid dysfunction, what underlying diseases are associated with granuloma annulare?

Unknown cause: The cause of granuloma annulare is not known. You may consult this sire for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/granuloma-annulare/basics/definition/con-20026647 ...Read more

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Is it possible to have plastic surgeon remove granuloma annulare? I have 12, they are coming off, one way or another.

Is it possible to have plastic surgeon remove granuloma annulare? I have 12, they are coming off, one way or another.

No Surgery for GA: Granuloma annulare (ga) is a reaction pattern in the skin--- what the skin is "reacting" to is generally never known. These areas are, in most all cases, temporary and will resolve in 6mos to 2 years. Surgery is not a good option--- the ga may recur around the surgical site, and you will be left with a permanent scar for a condition that will, eventually go away. ...Read more

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My daughter was just diagnosed with granuloma annulare. She was prescribed a topical cream. Is this something she'll have the rest of her life?

My daughter was just diagnosed with granuloma annulare.  She was prescribed a topical cream. Is this something she'll have the rest of her life?

No crystal ball.: It's difficult to predict what will happen with ga; a lot depends on what is causing it, and often the cause is not clear at all. The localized form has a tendency to resolve spontaneously. The generalized form tends to be more persistent. Your daughter should be checked periodically for diabetes, as ga is sometimes a harbinger of the type i form. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: granuloma annulare?

What is the definition or description of: granuloma annulare?

Granuloma annulare: 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. ...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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I have had granuloma annulare for four years and they look like ringworm. I need them gone.

I have had granuloma annulare for four years and they look like ringworm. I need them gone.

Granuloma annulare: Many times the lesion will clear up on its own. Steroids are sometimes used but invariably the lesion returns. ...Read more

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Do steroid injections work on granuloma annulare, and if so how does it affect the injection site.

Do steroid injections work on granuloma annulare, and if so how does it affect the injection site.

Maybe: Steroid injection in granuloma annulare may give you temporary relief from your problem however, there is a good chance that it may return.Most often, it will go away without therapy and the risk of steroid injections. ...Read more

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Why do I continually have reoccurrences of granuloma annulare and tinea versicolor??

Why do I continually have reoccurrences of granuloma annulare and tinea versicolor??

With tinea versicolo: it is common to recur with sweating and activities. try using selsun shampoo weekly in shower leaving on for 20 min, to see if reduces recurrence. for the GA, there is still little known about why it recurs and why it can spread and be persistent. i try grape seed extract for my patients as well as UVB if steroids don't work ...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

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Is most generalized granuloma annulare idiopathic or related to disease?

Is most generalized granuloma annulare idiopathic or related to disease?

Granuloma Annulare: Causes, incidence, and risk factors granuloma annulare most often affects children and young adults. It is slightly more common in girls. The condition is usually seen in otherwise healthy people. Occasionally, it may be associated with diabetes or thyroid disease. Its cause is unknown. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Results in a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when certain food is eaten. Can also be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, ...Read more