Because localized granuloma annulare is self-limited and asymptomatic, treatment usually is not necessary. Nevertheless, many patients remain troubled by the appearance and persist in seeking treatment.
Options include intralesional corticosteroid injection with 2.5 to 5.0 mg per mL triamcinolone (Aristocort) into the elevated border, topical corticosteroids under occlusion, cryotherapy, and electrodesiccation. You should be aware that all of these treatments could cause scarring and atrophy.
In severe cases of generalized granuloma annulare, your doctor may recommend a special kind of ultraviolet light therapy called psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA). This treatment combines exposure to ultraviolet light (phototherapy) with drugs called psoralens, which help make your skin more receptive to the effects of ultraviolet light.
This therapy is given under the close supervision of a dermatologist . The major side effect of PUVA is a sunburn-type reaction.
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To any doctors who are here: How can a 7 year old and an otherwise healthy 40-something both have GA? There HAS to be a common denominator!
I first thought GA was related to hormone production as I have read numerous comments from women wino said their GA went away during pregnancy, but then came back eventually after the baby was born. But I don't think a 7 yr old would have hormone issues!
I would love to hear any and all theories on what this common denominator could be by any doctors on MedHelp. It might lead us to good clues as to how to resolve this dreadful skin condition!
I meant to type "who," not "wino"!
Sounds like it could be strepococcal impetigo. Trademark sign is the squiggly raised incomplete border the rash leaves. (looks like little worms)
Contagious but treatable with antibiotics.