Granuloma Annulare Home Remedies

Last Modified on Dec 04, 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.

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Apple Cider Vinegar   3  0   

Posted by Vicki (Corinth, Ms, Us) on 06/24/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Replied by Ninatoughill
New Jersey
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!!!

Posted by Nizac (Mid Hudson Valley, Ny) on 03/30/2011

[YEA]  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

Replied by Kristie
Chattanooga, Tn
[YEA]   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!
Replied by Therealtabby
Summerberry, Sk, Canada
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!


Replied by Elyn From Milwaukee
Oklahoma City, Ok/usa
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!!!
Replied by Elyn From Milwaukee
Oklahoma City, Ok/usa
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 $$$.
Replied by Tabby
Summerberry, Sk
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.
Replied by Norman
North Windham, Ct.
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.
Replied by E
Arlington, Tx
[YEA]   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.
Replied by Jason
Stratford, Connecticut
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!!
Replied by E
Arlington, Tx
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.
Replied by Ed
Nanaimo, Bc Canada
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.
Replied by G
Euless, Tx
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.
Replied by Jeannette
Milwaukee, Wi
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.
Replied by Phyllis
Nyc, New York
Nickle allergy.. Synthroid meds.. High cholesterol and Granuloma Annulare.. Anyone can relate?
Replied by Drie
Whitman, Ma
In response to Ed: GRANULOMA ANNULARE IS NOT A FUNGUS!!! Granuloma Annulare is an inflamatory/autoimmune condition.
Replied by Doni
Snowbird Winters Az Summer Wi
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...
Replied by Sallyk
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.

Replied by Hipgeorgette
Minneapolis, MN
I am a medical researcher and I also suffer from GA. I have scoured the medical literature looking for a possible cause and treatment that is effective. What I have discovered is that the cause of GA UNKNOWN. Some believe it is an autoimmune disorder because GA has appeared in all stages of HIV. The research connecting GA with diabetes is weak. One retrospective study identified 12% of subjects positive for GA had diabetes mellitus. Most other case-control studies have failed to reveal any statistically significant correlation between GA and diabetes. Others hypothesize that GA is triggered by trauma, surgery, and insect bites. GA is not related to ringworm, or Lymes disease. The most effective and lesion fading home remedy is applying organic apple cider vinegar to the effected area of the skin and ingesting 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water twice daily. The best to all of you in your quest to get rid of GA!
Replied by Denise
New Hampshire, US
I have had Granuloma Annulare for about 4 years and the small spots connect and now looks like a pinkish/purple rash all over my abdomen and trying to spread down my legs and back. Have been using Clobetasol ointment which prevents from spreading if used upon the first notice of a spot, but do not want to continue to use it as it thins the skin and not good long term. The comments here are great and I am going to buy the ACV today and try it both topically and internally. I have read that ACV is also good for acid reflux....which I have used for this and it does work.
Replied by Violet
Cerrillos, NM
In reply to Jeanette's question:

Yes, my daughter developed granuloma annulare about a month and a half before being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It took us a few months and many medical professionals to diagnose it. (The school nurse thought she had ringworm and didn't want to allow her to attend school.) It seems that when her blood sugars are lower it improves. It was almost gone at one point, but we traveled to Germany and had a hard time keeping her blood sugar at a good level and it returned.

DMSO   1  0   

Posted by Deopatria (Greenville, Sc) on 05/15/2013

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Shirley
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:

Gluten Free   1  0   

Posted by Nomore (Richmond, Va) on 11/15/2012

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Denise
New Hampshire, US
Hi Gluten Free,

Thanks for the info on going gluten free. I seem to have a wheat issue in that it causes bloating when I eat it...but nothing more. However, I have now had the Granuloma Annulare rash for about 3 or 4 years with no results except temporary with steriod creams/ointments. I just tried light therapy but nothing happening with that.

I will take your advice going gluten free and also start taking the apple cider vinegar that others have suggested...and maybe even some green tea. Did you do anything besides go gluten free? Just curious...

D from NH

Replied by Josie
Baltimore, MD
i have Granuloma Annulare for about 7 years and it is very ugly. I am glad that I found this site. I am going to try the apple cider vinager and I hope it helps. I am very desperate.

Pregnenolone   1  0   

Posted by Nizac (Wappingers Falls, Ny) on 09/07/2012

[YEA]  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

Ted's Remedies   0  0   

Posted by D. (Sheridan, IN )

Ted, your hard work and studies have helped many people. My blessings go to you. We have a 4yr old boy and a year ago the top side of his joints broke out in what looks like localized granuloma annulare. It itched really bad and swelled and then the bumps just stayed. The main area is the tops of his fingers, then his knees and elbows. We've seen several doctors and specialist and they say stress and or a virus and suggest steroid creams....yuck!! How can I get him to drink ACV???? What would be good additives to make it easier for him to swallow without taking away from the main purpose. He has been drinking your recommendation of baking soda with lemon and splenda for over two weeks and he looks and acts healthier. Dry lips are gone and his skin looks healthier all over. His ph must have really been all out of whack. Any suggestions is much appreciated....I love Earth Clinic and will spread the good word to anyone who will listen about its helpfullness and your great expertise.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
685 Posts
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.


Replied by Ash
Lacey, Wa
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.

Vitamin D Spray, Probiotics and Vitamin C   0  0   

Posted by Amy (Idaho, US) on 12/04/2014

My now 8 year old daughter has diagnosed with Granuloma Annulare 3 years ago. We found that using a Vitamin D spray at about 3 pumps at a time 1x a day, children's probiotics and 500-1000 mg. of Vitamin C that she is now symptom free.

My son who is nearly 19 is now breaking out all over with GA and I'm suspecting that it's because of his extremely high stress level and eating college food. Normally we don't eat any junk, but that has been added to his diet since eating dorm food. So he is now taking the Vitamin D spray. I do believe that since this is a auto-immune problem that the Vitamin D, probiotics and Vitamin C should help with his immune system and also help his "gut" where we need to start. It all makes sense. Why I have 2 children with GA doesn't make sense to me however. We are also starting Krill Oil and Oregano oil in capsule form to see if they have any benefit.

Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil   1  0   

Posted by Dee (Niagara Falls, Ontario) on 02/09/2012

[YEA]  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!!!

Replied by Stephanie C.
Cameron, Sc
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.


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