Granuloma Annulare

What is granuloma annulare?

Granuloma annulare is a chronic skin condition characterized by small, raised bumps that form a ring with a normal or sunken center. The cause of granuloma annulare is unknown.

What are the symptoms of granuloma annulare?

The following are the most common symptoms of granuloma annulare. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • yellowish or skin-colored bumps

  • one or several rings of bumps on feet, legs, or hands

The symptoms of granuloma annulare may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

How is granuloma annulare diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnosis is usually confirmed with a skin biopsy (removing a small sample of tissue for examination under a microscope).

Treatment for granuloma annulare:

Specific treatment for granuloma annulare will be determined by your physician based on:

  • your age, overall health, and medical history

  • extent of the condition

  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

  • expectations for the course of the condition

  • your opinion or preference

Granuloma annulare usually clears up by itself. Treatment may include corticosteroid treatments (cream, tape, or injections).

Medical Reviewer: [Foster, Sara RN MPH, Jenkins, Lee] Last Annual Review Date: 2011-06-01T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright: Copyright © 2007 Staywell Content Services, Inc. except where otherwise noted.


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