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Granuloma Annulare Overview

What is granuloma annulare?
A person with granuloma annulare has a chronic skin rash, made up of raised circular lesions on the skin. These inflamed areas are usually limited to one area of the body, but occasionally spread to cover the entire body. Most cases of granuloma annulare resolve within two years. The cause for granuloma annulare is unknown.

What are the symptoms of granuloma annulare?
Symptoms of granuloma annulare include skin lumps or bumps that may be red or pink. Other findings include spreading red rings on the skin that may itch. Locations for the lumps or rash include back of the hand, top of the foot, top of the forearm, and front of the shin.

How does the doctor treat granuloma annulare?
Treatment of granuloma annulare includes topical corticosteroids and injectable corticosteroids. Topical retinoids such as isotretinoin have also been used. Cryotherapy may be an option.

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Granuloma Annulare References
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  2. Looney M, Smith KM. Isotretinoin in the treatment of granuloma annulare. Ann Pharmacother. 2004 Mar;38(3):494-7. [14970372]
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