Granuloma Annulare: Any ideas for treatment?

Posted by Tommy D. @tommyd, Jan 23, 2012

I have been diagnosed with Granuloma Annulare.Started out with 2 or 3 places on my arm and now have some on my legs. New places are continuing to crop up.
I have tried several steroidal creams but nothing seems to make them disappear. While there is no discomfort, it is not too appealing to look at.
Any ideas for treatment would be appreciated.

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I have had this condition for 25 years now. It first started out as a small spot on the top of my foot and over the last 25 years has spread all over my legs and upper arms. It is unsightly but causes no pain. Everything I have read on this all says the same–no know cause and no real cure. I’ve been to several doctors with all the same results. They say with some people, it will go away but mine has never gone away. I have taken the attitude that “it could be worse” !

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@rolla

I have had this condition for 25 years now. It first started out as a small spot on the top of my foot and over the last 25 years has spread all over my legs and upper arms. It is unsightly but causes no pain. Everything I have read on this all says the same–no know cause and no real cure. I’ve been to several doctors with all the same results. They say with some people, it will go away but mine has never gone away. I have taken the attitude that “it could be worse” !

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Unsightly is the key word. You sound like you have a very good attitude about this.Do you wear clothes to cover up or do you even worry about it? I just get tired of people asking “what’s that?” Also, where I live, its hard to cover up when its so blooming Hot. Thanks for your reply. May God bless you richly!

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I have been diagnosed with granuloma annulare. My type is generalized which is the largest and hatdest to treat or go away. It is itchy and uncomfortable and ugly. It is very tramatic for me. Any cures or treatments?

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@samhrdy

I have been diagnosed with granuloma annulare. My type is generalized which is the largest and hatdest to treat or go away. It is itchy and uncomfortable and ugly. It is very tramatic for me. Any cures or treatments?

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Hi @samhrdy. The Mayo Clinic patient education states “In most cases, no treatment is necessary for granuloma annulare. Most lesions disappear within a few months, and rarely last more than two years.” And offers treatments if the rash bothers you.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/granuloma-annulare/basics/treatment/con-20026647
I can imagine it is traumatic. How long have you been managing this? What helps soothe the itchiness for you?

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@samhrdy

I have been diagnosed with granuloma annulare. My type is generalized which is the largest and hatdest to treat or go away. It is itchy and uncomfortable and ugly. It is very tramatic for me. Any cures or treatments?

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solaray yeast cleanse tablets

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Does anyone have this condition. Please respond thanks!

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@selmanahem

Does anyone have this condition. Please respond thanks!

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Hi @selmanahem and welcome to Connect!

I wnated to introduce you to @hchristopher who has mentioned having granuloma annulare in the past and may be able to offer support.

How long have you been diagnosed with this? How are the symptoms?

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@selmanahem

Does anyone have this condition. Please respond thanks!

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I have this problem, diagnosed 6 weeks ago. I am looking for alternative treatments because the dermatologist hasn't helped much. It is on the top
of my foot.

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@samhrdy

I have been diagnosed with granuloma annulare. My type is generalized which is the largest and hatdest to treat or go away. It is itchy and uncomfortable and ugly. It is very tramatic for me. Any cures or treatments?

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Thanks!

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@samhrdy

I have been diagnosed with granuloma annulare. My type is generalized which is the largest and hatdest to treat or go away. It is itchy and uncomfortable and ugly. It is very tramatic for me. Any cures or treatments?

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I heard solaray is good

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@cds206

@cds206 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

May I ask you to introduce yourself and what brings you to connect?

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Hello – Unfortunately, GA was given as a diagnosis for my biopsy with an eruption on my foot that is under the skin and looks to be a raised, reddish pink cord that is itchy on occasion and I’m awaiting the results. In the meantime I went on to a forum on Inspire that I belong to as I have a rare and heritable connective tissues issue (Hypermoble Ehlers Danlos; hEDS) that often shares comorbidity with Mast Cell Activation (MCAS) and POTS and share this as all 3 May and usually due have an abnormal relationship to the mast cells in our bodies for varied reasons I won’t go into and infact POTS could trigger MCAS and vice versa and falls under the umbrella term of Dysautonomia. I want to share this as most people in my community take up to 50 yrs to get a diagnosis and may help just one of you. With that out of the way…I did an online search Ehlers Danlos+GA and then jumped on the forum to find a post of a gal who shared her diagnosis above along with GA and that hers went away by taking the MCAS drugs! These include Cromalyn for the gut and antihistamines. When she stopped taking these, it reappeared and then when started up the drugs saw it improve again. I w read there is a drug/light therapy approach but the long term safety is unknown and I take the approach less is more – as I already have enough to contend don’t want to borrow trouble with any unknowns and later on another issue e.g. organ damage from a treatment. Therefore, without a formal diagnosis with the above MCAS, you may wish to try this under the guidance of your Dr. If you have sensitives to foods, preservatives, chemicals, etc. you may just have the more common histamine intolerance or the more severe version of that is MCAS. My PCP, like many Drs, is not well trained on EDS, MCAS, and POTS and from the Ehlers Danlos Society forum and Dr’s I learned following my EDS diagnosis I was also living with all the above and had to instruct my Dr to prescribe me the Cromalyn which he commented he’d never prescribed before, along with two types of antihistamines – u take one I the AM and another in the PM. I know I’m going to make this a regiment over the next few months and will report back my results. Of course we’re all different and there are several types of GA this may or may not prove to be helpful but will cause me no harm. Cromalyn, to my knowledge, is a safe clear liquid that I add to my beverage about 30 mins prior to a meal. It lay terms, it helps to coat the GI and calm the mast cells that react to histamines in foods. More and more we’re learning how our gut health impacts our overall well being and hope this works for me and maybe one of you as well as it did for a member in my EDS community. Best wishes to all, oh and please do NOT have any shame around your skin! If I have to deal with this one day, I assure you I won’t give away my power as I deal with enough with my medical journey and will think of a pat response; like a badge if you will, that will take away any emotionally charged explanation I shouldn’t have to go through nor should you. Something like, I’m one in a million as I’ve a rare genetic make up that you don’t need to worry about I’m just fine! If anyone should come to me with real empathy and concern I would thank them for their interest and if I thought acceptable would only then share my journey. I’ll let you know if the MCAS protocol helps me – I believe I may have had this for a year as it itched in on the side of my foot a while back and goes under so I hadn’t notice but is more prominent now and hope to resolve it but prepared for more now thanks to all you’ve shared. Kindest regards, hEDStrong

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