Last Modified on Jun 19, 2014
What Is Granuloma Annulare?
The largest organ of the body, the skin is susceptible to a number of different conditions and issues. One such condition is granuloma annulare. Similar to eczema, granuloma annulare is characterized by raised, reddish to skin-colored bumps known as lesions. However, granuloma annulare typically appears in a circular or ring pattern found on the hands and feet.
The signs and symptoms of granuloma annulare are actually dependent upon the variety: localized, generalized or subcutaneous. Localized granuloma annulare is the most common form and presents as a circular or semicircular shape or patter, ranging in diameter from miniscule to 2 inches. Generalized granuloma annulare is actually that which is present on a large portion of the body and is commonly found on the trunk, arms and legs. This form is often itchy and occurs most in adults. Subcutaneous granuloma annulare most commonly affects young children and actually presents as a firm lump beneath the skin rather than a rash. The lump is typically less than 1.5 inches in diameter.
The specific cause of granuloma annulare is unknown; however, some possible contributing factors have been identified. Granuloma annulare may be brought on by animal or insect bites, infection, tuberculin skin tests, vaccinations or sun exposure.
Herbal Remedies for Granuloma Annulare
In many cases, granuloma annulare is not itchy or painful, so it does not require treatment. In any case, though, granuloma annulare typically responds well to herbal treatments, much like treatment for eczema. Common treatment options include apple cider vinegar applied topically and taken orally, DMSO, tannic acid, milk of magnesia and lysine. Additionally, vitamin E, tea tree oil, and green tea also aid in treatment and serve as a remedy for granuloma annulare and a treatment for eczema.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/24/2013: Vicki from Corinth, Ms, Us: "I have had Granuloma Annulare for about 8 years. I went to doctors and went through the steroid treatments like many others. Treatments worked but GA comes back immediately. My GA is on my entire body except, luckily, not my face. I was desperate and returned to internet to see if anyone had found anything to cure GA. I came across this site and read where ACV had been the answer for some. I immediately began drinking 1 oz. in the morning and 1 oz. at night. It's been six weeks and I definately see a difference. I am very encouraged for the first time in years. I just know that this is going to be the answer. I look forward to reporting a 100% cure."Replies
04/24/2014: Ninatoughill from New Jersey replies: "I started with this ailment about 3 yrs ago when I notice it under my arm pit! I went to the Dr.s and was told this is GA. Prescription cream took it away in time but now after about two yrs of remission I now have all over stomach going into my groin area and some on back of my legs and again my arm pit! It doesn't itch or anything but the appearance of it is very upsetting! Im going to try the apple cider vinegar first to see if it helps first! I'm so glad I found this site and know many others have to deal with this ugly skin rash also! Thank you for the suggestions!!!"
[YEA] 03/30/2011: Nizac from Mid Hudson Valley, Ny: "My wife developed severe Granuloma Annulare (GA) about 2 years ago on her arms, hands and chest. After visiting a dermatoligist she was prescribed prednesone which put it in remission. However when the Prednesone was stopped it started reapearing. This happened twice both times it reapeared. I read on a forum a dermatoligist had a patient who told her that ACV put his 35 year case of GA in remission 1 oz in the morning 1 oz at night. I know that's a lot of ACV but it worked. My wifes GA is vastly improved her arms and hands, chest are almost totally clean. It's been about a month since she started taking it but saw results in about 1 week. Good Luck"Replies
[YEA] 06/30/2011: Kristie from Chattanooga, Tn replies: "My husband has GA and started the ACV 3 weeks ago after I told him about your post. Most of his rashes have faded to very light pink, and he has hopes of them completely disappearing in a short amount of time. He has had it a couple years, but had no interest in taking steroids to try to get rid of it. This seems to be working for him. Thanks for sharing!"
10/28/2011: Therealtabby from Summerberry, Sk, Canada replies: "Regarding ACV for Granuloma Annulare - should it be taken with food? On an empty stomach? Applies topically as well? I have a LONG-standing case of GA (20 years now) and am about will to try anything to get rid of it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
10/28/2011: Elyn From Milwaukee from Oklahoma City, Ok/usa replies: "I have had granuloma annulare for 9 years now. It began as a small patch on my left hand-- an ugly red rash, neither itchy nor painful. It has spread to the backs of both hands, up to my middle knuckles. The doc diagnosed it and said that it often is a precursor for diabetes, and that we'd keep an eye on it. Well, my favorite coworker in OKC introduced me to EarthClinic and I read about ACV. I drank it for a few months this past winter -- 1 Tbsp ORGANIC ACV with 1Tbsp honey, in warm water, morning and night. In spring, my coworker and my boss noticed that my GA had mostly disappeared! I hadn't even noticed! Oh, it's still there, but VERY much faded. I had to stop drinking the ACV because my teeth were beginning to hurt-- now I'm back on it but using a TINY pinch of baking soda in with the vinegar, let it fizz, then add warm water and the honey. I DEFINITELY recommend it. I don't know how long you will have to take it-- don't know how widespread or severe your GA is. Best of luck to you!!!"
10/28/2011: Elyn From Milwaukee from Oklahoma City, Ok/usa replies: "Tabby-- You can take it either with food or on an empty stomach. Topically is fine-- won't hurt a thing. BTW, my coworker told me that you can buy a gallon jug of plain old ACV (from a grocery store) and put 1/4 cup or so of ORGANIC ACV (from the health food store) in it and let it sit a few weeks till the sediment (it's known as "the mother") begins to grow in the cheap vinegar and that way you can make your own for way less $$$."
12/13/2011: Tabby from Summerberry, Sk replies: "MANY thanks!! I've been doing quite a bit of reading on alkalinity and so forth, and will try the ACV/honey/baking soda. Will post back when I have something to report! Thanks again."
02/08/2012: Norman from North Windham, Ct. replies: "Hey guys: I have had granuloma annalure for about 4 years. Started with just one spot and now all over. 2 diff. Dermatologists, creams, shots, pills. Tried it all. No results. Tried the apple cider vineger. Nothing. Many articles I've read talked about stress as a possible cause. Dr. Oz on tv one day said that one of his top 10 things in the whole world that he takes and believes in is rhodiola rosea (root) for stress relief. I found some on line it's a blue box and called arctic root shr-5. Its only $10. (40 capsules). 1 capsule daily then 2 a day. I started seeing some change after about 1 month. On it now for about 3 months and a big change. Alot is hardly noticable and the rest is much lighter and smoother. I thinks this stuff is working. I also noticed after about 1 month less stress on my job. I will continue to take it and I believe it will get rid of ga all together. Try it folks. I'm excited that after all the time, dr's., co pays, creams, pills, injections and embarassment (oh yeh and $)I can see myself wearing short sleeves this summer. Try it folks. It inexpensive and all natural. Norm."
[YEA] 04/09/2012: E from Arlington, Tx replies: "Our 5 year old daughter has GA and topically applying raw apple cider vinegar is the only thing that has worked to eliminate GAs. We did steroid shots the first two times GA popped up but that wasn't a long term solution! So thankful for ACV. I soak a cotton ball in ACV and use medical tape to fix it over the GA spot. We do that procedure for 3-4 nights and the GA is healed... Actually it looks like poison is drawn out and a scab forms. (A week later the scab is gone. ) Still, waaay better than steroids. We've checked into all known causes for GA over the past year (today we got back a clean bill of health from a CBC w/diff) and haven't uncovered anything."
05/10/2012: Jason from Stratford, Connecticut replies: "Hey congrats on helping with the GA's! I am currently on night 3 of the topical Apple Cider Vinegar regimen. I was wondering if your daughters GA has come back since her last ACV treatment? Also, how severe was her GA? Did she have a ring? Thank you for your response!!"
09/11/2012: E from Arlington, Tx replies: "Jason, The Gas still pop up but we can treat them naturally instead of with steroids which is a positive. She has had a few GAs develop into the ring shape but generally I catch them now before they progress to that point. We're currently on day 2 of having her drink ACV twice a day so I'm hoping for great things on that end. I've been drinking ACV for months and it really helps with my arthritic hands."
12/01/2012: Ed from Nanaimo, Bc Canada replies: "In answer to the above people who have Granuloma Annulare, I also have the same for the last two years. I found a way to stop every spot in its tract. First I seen on the internet that the fungus travels between the two layers of skin. I bought a large container of hydrogren Peroxide 35 % food value and keep a small bottle about three quarters full in the bathroom along with a box of swabs. Upon going to bed I start with a swab and coat the spots two or three times each. It will burn a bit but only for a few minutes. I do this for three nights then watch them in a few days start to fad away. When coating the spots they will all turn white. I believe that the treatment is going through the first skin and and distroying the fungus. I 'm happy with the results I'm seeing, and now I'm looking for a way to remove the spots. Some where on this web page I seen that Walmart carry a product to remove the spots. I have a lot to be removed."
01/24/2013: G from Euless, Tx replies: "E - My son just developed GA. He is also 5. I don't think he will drink the ACV, but I will defintely try it topically. When you guys say did he get rings, does that mean it's worse? He has one BIG ring on the top of his foot and 3-4 small rings on each of his legs. I don't know why he all of a sudden got this. It's so upsetting to me."
02/11/2013: Jeannette from Milwaukee, Wi replies: "Has anyone actually developed or heard of someone developing diabetes following diagnosis of GA? I've read that it can be a precusor to diabetes. Thank you."
03/17/2013: Phyllis from Nyc, New York replies: "Nickle allergy.. Synthroid meds.. High cholesterol and Granuloma Annulare.. Anyone can relate?"
05/29/2013: Drie from Whitman, Ma replies: "In response to Ed: GRANULOMA ANNULARE IS NOT A FUNGUS!!! Granuloma Annulare is an inflamatory/autoimmune condition."
10/28/2013: Doni from Snowbird Winters Az Summer Wi replies: "Thank you Thank YOU....I was sent this as a fwd from a dear friend...and I will be heading to the store today for my ACV..."
01/10/2014: Sallyk from Phoenix replies: "I am a Granuloma Annulare (GA) sufferer too; the first lesion cropped up 15 months ago on the top of one foot and has since spread upwards on my legs and also appears on my elbows.
I would like to emphasize GA is NOT a fungus. It is an auto-immune disorder that manifests itself in a skin rash; basically our white blood cells are working overtime. If ACV helps you, wonderful (it hasn't had a significant effect in my case), but be careful about taking it in liquid form as it is highly damaging to tooth enamel. ACV pills are available which I take twice daily.
I have also been trying a gluten-free diet, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Although I am by no means rash-free, the condition has not spread beyond my limbs.
Best wishes, everyone. This is one miserable skin disease."
[YEA] 05/15/2013: Deopatria from Greenville, Sc: "I've had great success curing the skin troubles of Granuloma Annulare by using DMSO topically. I apply it on a paper towel and then plastic wrap and hold in a few minutes until the burning sensation - as long as you can stand it, around 15 minutes. It's not really a burn, will subside next day. The bumps are usually gone. I had a huge ring it has mostly gotten rid of now. Will apply it when new bumps come and save myself the issue of watching these things grow large."Replies
08/08/2013: Shirley from England replies: "I have had GA for about 30 years now, and am really fed up with it so going to try some of these treatments. What is DMSO? Luckily, I do not have it on my face but every where else."
EC: Read more about DMSO here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimethyl_sulfoxide
[YEA] 11/15/2012: Nomore from Richmond, Va: "Hi all... I just had to pass on my success with getting rid of Granuloma Annulare. I had it for about 3 years. I can't say this will work for everyone, as many medical professionals think this could be related to Diabetes and Lupus as well.
Go Gluten-free. I tried everything prior to my discovery of my gluten-intolerance. I tried things such as blood tests for diabetes, lupus, celiac disease plus allergy prick tests. Nothing helped me until I got a stool test. This test showed a significant intolerance to wheat. Once I removed this completely from my diet (and you definitely have to read all food labels! ), it went away. It also seems I have an intolerance to almonds too. I think with all the almond products out there, my body doesn't quite like them either. The removal of these two things completely cleared my skin.
I hope this can help someone! Good luck!"
[YEA] 09/07/2012: Nizac from Wappingers Falls, Ny: "I had posted earlier about ACV how it helped my wifes GA., only 5mg of Pregnenolone daily skipping weekends almost completely relieved her of pretty severe GA. It has been 5 months and she is still clear. Pregnenolone is a master hormone 5mg is a very low dose. This is available over the counter. Good Luck"
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05/21/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The two common ways I reduce the redness and especially the itchiness, is tannic acid or magnesium hydroxide. Tannic acid is 1/2 teaspoon with 1/4 glass of water with several drops of DMSO, say 10-20 drops to help penetration. It is applied topically several times throughout the day. The other formula works too, in case you have difficulty finding the first one, milk of magnesia, which is 5% magnesium hydroxide in water. It is applied to the area. Both method you don't wash it, until may be 30 minutes or something like that. As for the cause, I think it caused by nanobacteria, where it is treated with tetramycin hydrochoride 500 mg before sleep and EDTA 250 mg three times a day. That's for adult dose, so you calculate based on weight based on 150 pounds. I am still investigating this one right now. If it's virus as the doctor says, then it should work by taking lysine, 1000 mg x 4 for adult dose for three or four weeks.
05/08/2012: Ash from Lacey, Wa replies: "RE: Granuloma Annulare. I have had amazing results with green tea. My condition has cleared almost completely. I eat the tea, it's organic (you cannot eat regular tea) and one teaspoon is equal to about 30 cups of green tea. I have no affiliation with them in any way. The Granuloma Annulare was cleared up after two weeks of daily intake. It's amazing. Even my adult children noticed and I hadn't said a word."
[YEA] 02/09/2012: Dee from Niagara Falls, Ontario: "Just wanted to let you know, for granuloma annulare I have tried vit e mix with tea tree oil, apply 2-3 times a day works great. My son had it and doctor said because he is so young there is nothing he can give him. So this is what I did, as I said it worked great. Hope it helps someone!!!"Replies
04/17/2012: Stephanie C. from Cameron, Sc replies: "I will definitely try this. Even though its not contagious I still don't like the way it looks and sometimes it spreads to my son's (6 yrs old) fingers as well."