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Granuloma annulare: Treatment, symptoms, advice and help

About granuloma annulare

This is a harmless skin condition characterized by presence of a ring of tiny reddish bumps at particular areas like knuckles of the hand, back of the forearm and the feet. Granuloma annulare is usually self-limiting, and seldom results in any grave health concern.

Granuloma annulare: Incidence, age and sex

The occurrence of granuloma annulare is a common occurrence worldwide and can affect an individual of any age group. However, it is more frequently seen in children and young adults with a higher prevalence in females.

Signs and symptoms of granuloma annulare: Diagnosis

The clinical features of corns include small development of a characteristic rash arranged in a ring fashion. This ring includes small red bumps which may be itchy in nature. Such ring lesion of the skin is generally solitary but multiple lesions may also be manifested in some individuals.

Although granuloma annulare can develop in any part of skin but it is most frequently seen in hands and feet. It can be diagnosed by its characteristic physical appearance. Sometimes, tests like KOH test or skin biopsy may be done if the diagnosis is in doubt.

Causes and prevention of granuloma annulare

The cause of granuloma annulare is not yet clear. However, it is usually associated with disorders like diabetes mellitus and thyroid problems.

Granuloma annulare: Complications

Granuloma annulare is self-limiting and harmless, in most of the instances. But the affected individual may get distressed due to negative cosmetic affect on physical appearance.

Granuloma annulare: Treatment

Granuloma usually resolves on its own in most of the individuals. This may take weeks to years. The affected individual may get distressed or even depressed due to negative affect on the physical appearance. Sometimes, a topical steroidal medication like cream or ointment may benefit the affected individual. In severe cases, phototherapy in form of ultra-violet light therapy may be considered for optimal removal of skin lesion.