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Granuloma annulare lesions are raised and ring shaped or bumpy. They can occur individually or in clusters on the skin. This condition is common in both children and young adults, though patients of any age can be affected by it. Women are nearly twice as likely to develop this condition as men.
The skin lesions caused by Granuloma annulare can be skin-coloured, purple, or red. Normally the areas are isolated, but in some cases it may appear as several "bumps" that can spread all over the body. It is frequently seen on the tops of the hands, feet, knees, and elbows. Granuloma annulare starts as a round, smooth, firm, bump which becomes a ring with a clear center; similar to the shape of a doughnut. It usually does not itch or peel.
The cause of granuloma annulare is unknown; although experts believed it is the result of an immune system reaction. It is not caused by an internal disease, and does not mean that you are ill. There are usually no symptoms other than a spot on your skin, which disappears, and does not leave a scar.
OTHER DISEASES THAT RESEMBLE GRANULOMA ANNULARE
While Granuloma annulare may resemble insect bites, it is frequently confused with ringworm. It also resembles erythema migrans the initial lesion of Lyme disease.
DIAGNOSING GRANULOMA ANNULARE
Normally, your dermatologist can diagnose of granuloma annulare with an examination of the lesion. The diagnosis can be confirmed by examining sample of skin with a microscope.
Because patients with granuloma annulare frequently do not exhibit any symptoms, treatment is not needed. The skin lesions can go away by themselves in a few months, although others take years. When the skin lesions are located in areas that are visible resulting in cosmetic issues, your dermatologist can offer you a variety of treatment options. Steroid creams or injections can make the lesions disappear faster.
Phototherapy can be used treat patients when the disease is widespread. It is done under the careful supervision of your dermatologist. Oral medications such as Soriatane or Accutane may be beneficial. It is vital that you see your dermatologist for the proper diagnosis and treatment.
We put academic qualifications, many years of combined experience, and training in a variety of special interest areas to work for your healthy, radiant skin. Our providers – Drs. Schachter, Hanna, Curtis, Abdulla, Pollack, and Taradash – welcome new patients for treatment at the Dermatology on Bloor practice on Park Road in Toronto. Our team is here to serve your needs