Granuloma Annulare Home Remedies

Sep 24, 2016

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.



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08/15/2016

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Posted by Kristal (India) on 04/12/2015

My 5 years old daughter is suffering form Granuloma Annulare from past 2 years. We used Apple Cider Vinegar externally for 5-6 days at night. It disappeared completely but after 3 months it appeared again, but not at the same spot, rather little away from it. Kindly suggest some remedy. Can we give her ACV orally?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee
04/12/2015

Dear Kristal,

Seeing that you have had success with ACV topically, I would try that again. And I have given ACV to my young children without any problem.

I would start with 1/4 teaspoon in water or juice a couple of times a day. If that seems okay, 1/2 teaspoon a couple of times a day could be tried.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Cassandra
East Chicago, In.
09/19/2015

My five yr. old daughter is suffering from the same thing and she has been to the doctor for this and giving her an ointment that is 2.5mg and it's not working so I'm going to try your home remedy to see if it works she's been suffering with this since she was two yrs.old. I like the idea.

Replied by Kim
Simpsonville, Sc
11/25/2015

I have had GA for a number of years with no relief. I have been to 2 doctors. My husband is driving me crazy telling me there has to be something I can do. I am going to try the ACV and praying this works. It is all over, even my ears. Fortunately I don't have it on my face yet. My mother said my grandfather had red places on the tops of his feet but no one ever knew what it was. I am diabetic so I am sure this has something to do with it. Crossing fingers this works.


Posted by Jenni (Carmel, Indiana) on 03/14/2015
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I have been able to stop my Granuloma Annulare with a taking the Apple Cider Vinegar liquid 1 Tbs. two times a day 1 Tbs. of Silver Biotics each time. You can purchase the ACV and the Silver Biotics at GNC. I mix them with 1 Tbs. of orange juice so it doesn't taste as bad. I have been taking daily vitamins D3 1000 IU, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin C, Echinacea, and Fish Oil. I bought all of these at Target. I take the dosages recommended on the bottle. I have also been drinking herbal green tea in the morning and Echinacea tea in the evening. I also put Cortizone 10 on the spots in the morning and at night. I still have some red spots but they seem to be fading away. This site was really helpful in getting me started getting over the Granuloma Annulare and wanted to share my recovery story. Thanks to all of you who shared your information about Granuloma Annulare!

Replied by Missi
Fishers, In
06/20/2015

Hi Jenni! I live in Fishers, IN and have seen 2 different dermatologists and my Family MD regarding my Granuloma annulare that has started plaguing me this year. I was wondering who helped you in finding this successful treatment for your GA? Living in the same area, I was hoping that you might be able to give me the name of the person who helped you with finding the right natural treatment? So looking forward to hearing back from you.. This benign disease is crushing my inner spirit!! Especially as it is Summer! Thanks, Missi

Replied by Susie
Pueblo Co
07/07/2015

I have read this whole forum and am off for lunch and buying Apple Cider Vinegar. You said it perfectly, totally distorting my inner spirit...I hate this...I have new spots everyday and hope this Apple Cider Vinegar works...I will post an update with my results. Sincerely, Susie

Replied by Kimmi
Oh
11/08/2015

I have GA and have for three years. They started on both if my arms and then moved to chest and around my neck. I take bleach baths often and also have seen a huge difference. I also use Cortizone 10 and its amazing together. Now when I go out ppl don't look at me the same... :)

Replied by Gena
Texas
04/28/2016

Hi, I have had GA for about 3 years now. DR gave some high powered ointment which did nothing to help. I will try some of the suggestions on this site. I really would love to get rid of it. Thanks, Gena

Replied by Dennis
Canada
07/23/2016

I have had this for about 3 years now.

My Dermatologist gives me a low dose steroid shot in the rear, and I then go for a few sessions of UV at the tanning parlour. This clears it up for 6 months or more.


Posted by Vicki (Corinth, Ms, Us) on 06/24/2013
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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
04/24/2014

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!!!

Replied by Andrea
Colorado, US
01/20/2015

I have the exact same areas on body, under both arms, stomach, knees and hands. I have had two tests and two derms diagnose as GA. I have not tried ACV but have tried 3 different steroid creams, cortisone injections, tea tree oil and they come back or spread. Its been almost 10 years and it gets so discouraging, even my homepath dr had no recommendations, I am going to try ACV, so thankful I found this site today.

Replied by Vikki
Australia
01/31/2015

I have been putting up with this unsightly skin condition for years - on my legs, under arms, on my buttocks and on my hand. Creams did nothing. Laser did nothing. Definitely will give the ACV a go and will keep you posted. What do I have to lose?

Replied by Angie
Wilton, California
02/08/2015

Hello, everyone. I, too, am afflicted with Granuloma Annulare and have been for about 7 years. I tried ultraviolet light therapy 3 times per week but the only benefit I saw was that it made my skin turn the same color so that the red from the GA wasn't as noticeable. But, it started turning my skin splotchy and leathery. Then I tried different creams but they started thinning my skin. The thing that helped me the most was the Kenalog shot but it only lasted 4 months. Doctors typically don't like to give that shot often enough to do the trick. I tried a topical over-the-counter 1% steroid cream with some success but I am afraid that it will thin my skin, too. So, now I will try the apple cider vinegar. I will let you all know how it works. I am so happy I found this forum!

Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
02/08/2015

Angie,

Re: Granuloma Annular...

If you Google "Granuloma Annular virus cause" you'll find a number of articles that discuss the possible connection. Including the possible connect with Epstein-Barr Virus.

If you think there might be a connection with a virus in your history you might consider anti virus agents topically. Echinacea for instance is a great one. I use it a lot as well as Colloidal Silver. I'd use topically for a week or so and see if there is any improvement. If so then I'd continue until the problem is eliminated. I'd also consider using CS orally if the topical seems to work as the virus might be systemic. I'd use CS ...two tablespoons twice a day for six months.

Replied by Crystal
Ohio
05/05/2015

Hi,

I'm just following up on how the apple cider vinegar worked for everyone? I have had GA Since I was 12 and I'm now 30. Generalized and all over my body. I've done all the treatments including Puva light and never had any success. When I was younger I had the steroid shots injected directly into the rash and It made it spread all over my body. I'm close to turning to accutane. I will say it completely went away both times I was pregnant but came back full force about a year after. I would love to hear how the ACV works.

Also, Dave from Fountain Inn, my mother has the Epstein Barr virus and my sister has Lupus so I'm wondering if I have an autoimmune issue causing this. What is the CS medication?

Replied by B
Festus, Missouri
05/05/2015

Crystal, my son had also AG and I was able to cure it by ACV in his bath. I would put between 1-2 cups of cheap ACV ( which is sold in gallon at Wal-mart) to his bathtub and within about 5 months all his spots which were on the bottom of his legs disappeared. This also worked for my daughter's eczema. Let me know if you need more info.

Replied by Crystal
Ohio
05/18/2015

Thank you Dave... I've been taking the ACV tablets and taking liquid both in the morning and evening... It's just been two weeks but I think I notice a difference. I will definitely add it to my baths... thank you so much!

Replied by Carolyn
Erie Ks
06/01/2015

How long have you been using Apple Cider Vinegar till you saw a difference? I've been suffering 10 plus years now.

Replied by Cmm
Arnold, Mo
06/29/2015

I am 50 years old. I have had granuloma annular my entire life. When I was little it used to just be in a spot on my wrist and several spots on the top of my feet. They stayed there forever, never fading or growing Did not itch, so I didnt pay much attention to it. The last 10years, it has started spreading all over my body. The only place its not is on my face and my neck. Its on my hands, arms, legs, feet, torso, back, upper arms, thighs .. Its every where and the last 2 months it has started itching like crazy. I have been on steroids, creams, lotions, shots, chemo pills, uv light, chinese medicine, etc .. Nothing helps. I am tired of wasting my money on dermotologists when I know it doewnt help so I stopped going. I have psoriasis as well, but its not as bad as the granuloma.

Anything at all that you can offer to help, please let me know. I will try the apple cider again it did not work when I was in my teens. I used apple cider vinegar on my skin all the time when I was in my teens. helped with sunburns and keeping my skin soft. Its cheaper than all the medicines these doctors have put me on.

Replied by Sheila
Colorado
08/29/2015

Hi Cmm,

Have you looked into diet? You could have a response to inflammatory foods like gluten, fried foods, sugar or dairy. I am an acupuncturist- but I would suggest a nutritionist who specializes in inflammatory and/or immune issues. As some brought up earlier- this could be related to viral diseases, or diabetes- which would indicates immune or sugar imbalances.

Frances
Cabarlah, Qld.
02/21/2016

I was diagnosed with GA the past year. Initially had good results using manuka honey cream and ointment overnight. Lately, it had been red, raw, itchy. I experimented with ACV on left hand and colloidal silver on the right. The colloidal silver worked better than the ACV. Thanks Dave.

Replied by Jada
Chicago, Illinois
06/16/2016

Have the spots gone completely away? How long did it take? I'm trying ACV now.


Posted by E (Arlington, Tx) on 04/09/2012
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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
05/10/2012

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
09/11/2012

Jason, the Granuloma Annulares 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 G
Euless, Tx
01/24/2013

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 Laura
Oklahoma
11/24/2015

How long do you leave the cotton balls on the granuloma annulare spots?


Posted by Elyn From Milwaukee (Oklahoma City, Ok/usa) on 10/28/2011
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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!!!


Posted by Nizac (Mid Hudson Valley, Ny) on 03/30/2011
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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
06/30/2011
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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
10/28/2011

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!

Tabby

Replied by Elyn From Milwaukee
Oklahoma City, Ok/usa
10/28/2011

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
12/13/2011

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 Jeannette
Milwaukee, Wi
02/11/2013

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
03/17/2013

Nickle allergy.. Synthroid meds.. High cholesterol and Granuloma Annulare.. Anyone can relate?

Replied by Doni
Snowbird Winters Az Summer Wi
10/28/2013

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 Denise
New Hampshire, US
11/07/2014

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
11/26/2014

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.

Replied by Sher
Philadelphia, Pa
02/28/2015

I am in my 60's and never had a problem untill few weeks ago when I wound up with a triangle shaped flat pink sorta rash that is flat ..went to big derm ..biop Granuloma A results of test.. Only thing I have done in the past months was to get a shingles vaccine shot.... this is so weird, everyone says no way ..from it...

I am going to try A.C.V. I am not sure if drinking it or dabbing it on is the best. It seems to be larger spots on 2 sides of lower trunk.. Can drinking it hurt you and how long to take it. So upset by this. Would appreciate all the help I can get. Any creams help also. thanks in advance.

Replied by Mariah
Us
04/06/2015

Violet,

Please look into the connection between Diabetes, Granuloma Annulare and gluten allergy! Seems that gluten (in sensitive individuals) can attack the pancreas, causing diabetes. Gluten can also cause other autoimmune reactions, such as GA. My boss's son was able to reverse his diabetes by cutting out gluten (at the advice of his doctor...)

Replied by Nicole
Woodland, Ca
05/15/2015

I was wondering for those who used the ACV method.. do you drink it as well as apply it to the affected area? If you apply it, how? With cotton swab or mix with other things to make a paste? If I have a sensitive stomach will the Apple Cider Vinegar affect that?

Replied by Faye
Nv
01/07/2016

Thanks for that comment. My dermatologist gave me a prescription for it and when I saw the price of $262, I started a search and couldn't belive I found this! When I was little, my spots would go away and come back other places, but now I'm 65 and it just keeps spreading. I see that one person mentions ACV pills. Has anyone else tried these? (I'd hate to hurt my teeth taking the liquid as one writer did.)

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee
01/08/2016

My husband has taken the apple cider vinegar pills. I can't quite believe they are as good as taking the vinegar, but certainly worth a try, especially if you don't like the taste of vinegar, as my husband does not.

I have been drinking apple cider vinegar in my water for years with no adverse trouble with my teeth, but I do drink it pretty diluted and with a straw.

Linda Cross
Spindale, Nc
03/02/2016

I got my first GA about 4 years ago on my left forearm. It started out like a small pimple. It is spreading and it is about a 2-1/2" x 3" almost round shape. I had been diagnosed with diabetes before the GA. No I have a GA on my knee about the size of a quarter and one on my left hand first finger knuckle. I've tried lots of stuff, but not the ACV, I will try that and the Colloidal Silver.

Linda Cross
Spindale, Nc
03/02/2016

I got my first GA about 4 years ago on my left forearm. It started out like a small pimple. It is spreading and it is about a 2-1/2" x 3" almost round shape. I had been diagnosed with diabetes before the GA. No I have a GA on my knee about the size of a quarter and one on my left hand first finger knuckle. I've tried lots of stuff, but not the ACV, I will try that and the Colloidal Silver.

Carmen
Charlotte Nc
09/07/2016

Jeanette, I was diagnosed with GA a little over three years ago. It started out as 2 backwards C shapes on the back of my hands. I went to my family physician and he did a biopsy to confirm that it was GA. He gave me a topical steroid to put on the spots. They continued to spread even when I put the cream on with Saran Wrap and tape, and slept like that. Finally I went to a dermatologist, who injected the spots directly and gave me a antibiotic cocktail. It got rid of it, but of course it came back. After year 1 my glucose was 100. The highest normal reading. The next year, it was 102. My doctor didn't feel it was anything to worry about. Year 3 it was 123. They ran a A1C test and it was 7.6. The highest normal reading is 5.7. I am now a full blown diabetic. I currently am on 2 different medications and 1 for neuropathy. My sugar levels are still all over the place, despite my best efforts with my diet. I feel my doctor should have ran the A1C test when my glucose was 100. Perhaps I could have been diagnosed pre diabetic and been able to get things under control then. My GA is so far out of control now that I wear long sleeves in 95 degree weather, sweating to death, because it is so bad. People at stores would throw my change back at me to make sure they didn't touch me because everybody thinks it is Ringworm. I'm going to try the ACV topically and orally. Watch those glucose readings.


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Posted by Deopatria (Greenville, Sc) on 05/15/2013
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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
England
08/08/2013

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.

Replied by Valerie
Marquard, WI
04/20/2015

What is dmso?


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Posted by Sally (Tennessee) on 09/16/2016
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I am a 63 yr old female with generalized granuloma annulare for 15 yrs now. It began as 1 lesion above my left knee and several on the back of my neck. Of course I've seen multiple doctors in multiple disciplines and tried countless medications. The only somewhat effective treatment has been oral steroids which can only be used temporarily. Over the yrs the lesions have spread absolutely everywhere. Symmetrically on hands, feet, shins, forearms, elbows. Showed up, stayed for months, destroyed the collagen and moved on to torment the next location. For the past 5 yrs my entire torso, upper thighs, and the back of my neck have been solidly covered.

I've tried removing several possible dietary offenders with no success, UNTIL 3 wks ago when I went gluten free. I can't believe this! My skin is actually clearing up! This is the most wonderful thing. Why has no one tested me for gluten sensitivity in all these yrs?

Replied by Frances
Cabarlah, Qld.
09/18/2016

A naturopath I consulted in April advised me that GA was an autoimmune disease due to leaky gut and to avoid dairy, sugar, potato and all gluten, e.g. wheat, barley, rye, all grains. I thought it would be ok to have buckwheat, amaranth, but no. Next stage to avoid legumes.


Posted by Erika Rose (Woodbury, Ct) on 02/08/2016
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HI, I have had this condition on and off for a few years got worse as I got older. Last year I had a flare up and not knowing what it was I suffered for months. I went to many Dr's no help. I slathered everything on me to no avail. I was finally told to try no gluten. (I also have a thyroid condition) Well no gluten, no rash!!! Just a thought to try. It took about a month for the rash to go away and if I eat gluten I immediately get a rash on my legs.

Good luck!!

Replied by Karen K
Orange, Ct
03/07/2016

I have GA - going on 8 years. It started with one round spot on my left shin and spread to two more spots on my lower left leg. It eventually spread to my right leg. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's - hypothyroidism over 35 years ago. Took Synthroid for many years, now taking generic Armor thyroid. I thought that I might have an allergy to the Synthroid causing the GA. I have tried a dozen creams, mega doses of B3 prescribed by a dematologist, which did nothing for my spots, but gave me acid reflux. I have recently been applying tea tree oil and thyme oil with a cotton ball to my spots. I am going to try applying the ACV topically on my legs, which are sometimes itchy. I also have fibromyalgia. Eating organic, getting a good night's sleep, avoiding sugar, processed foods and gluten all seem to help.

I recently developed symptoms of arthritis and psoriasis. I discovered that cashews and walnuts are high histamine foods, so now I'm not eating those anymore. I am also taking a multivitamin supplement, turmeric, MSM, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E and drinking green tea. It's too bad that doctors seem clueless as to how to treat GA. It is comforting to know that there are other people out there with the same issues. Thank you for sharing your stories.

Replied by Danielle
Pa
03/08/2016

I am also comforted finding this page today. I have had GA now for 2 1/2 years. It started on both my knees & elbows, then one large circle on my foot and now little ones on my legs and other foot. It is so upsetting b/c I ( as I read many here ) have tried so many different creams, oils, supplements etc.. and the only thing the dermatologist recommends is a steroid cream, which I don't want to use and can't now b/c I am pregnant. I am determined to heal this before summer so I can wear shorts and not feel self conscious. I am going to try the ACV topically and internally to start and see what happens-- if I notice any change. I am slightly jaded b/c nothing ever works to change this-- they only get redder and spread. It's so disheartening.


Posted by Nomore (Richmond, Va) on 11/15/2012
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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
11/07/2014

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 Lucy
Arab, Al
07/22/2015

I have had Granuloma Annulare for 46 years. I was in hospital really sick in 1969. I feel I got from blood transfusions, nothing has ever helped tried all the doctor knows. Been to Mayo.

I was recently in a comma with bacterial menigitis, GA went away completely. I feel it was milk or wheat or something I am eating because I had none of that for 4 weeks while I was.in the coma, It has come back with a vengeance, Thanks for all the suggestions I am going to try them.


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Posted by Carol (Delaware) on 11/01/2015
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I stumbled upon helichrysum oil trying to heal poor hearing. It is supposed to do marvelous things, so I put it on my hands where the Granuloma Annulare is. I put in on maybe 3-5 days in a row just before bed and it immediately went away with no scaring or anything. I have just noticed a small spot on my hand so I will use the oil again tonight and think it should be gone in a couple of days. It had remained gone originally for over 2 years.

Replied by Vicki And David Smith
Florida
03/18/2016

Has the GA RETURNED?


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Posted by Ed (Nanaimo, Bc Canada) on 12/01/2012
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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 Drie
Whitman, Ma
05/29/2013

In response to Ed: GRANULOMA ANNULARE IS NOT A FUNGUS!!! Granuloma Annulare is an inflamatory/autoimmune condition.

Replied by Sallyk
Phoenix
01/10/2014

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
08/31/2014

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 Vanessa
Los Angeles, CA
04/15/2015

Did you find anything in your research on why GA completely disappears when you are pregnant?

I have been a GA sufferer for about 20 years now, and the two times that they went away COMPLETELY was when I was pregnant both times with my kids. It returned several months after giving birth in all the original places.

This coincidence needs to be studies for a potential cure. What reaction happens in the body while you are pregnant to heal all the legions?

Replied by Crystal
Ohio
05/05/2015

Vanessa ,

I have Generalized GA for almost 20 years also and it went away during both pregnancies also! I would love to know why... I'm wondering if the cause is hormonal? Have you found out anymore info in regards this? Thank you.

Danielle
Pa
03/08/2016

Crystal, That's interesting! I have had GA for 2 1/2 years now and I noticed it shortly after giving birth to my son who is now turning 3. I am pregnant now and it is still present and spreading-- so in my case it has not gone away with pregnancy. I am still looking for the cure! I am going to try ACV. Danielle

Replied by Di
Pittsburgh
08/11/2016

Totally agree - caused by gluten intolerance - and elimination of wheat, and Apple cider vinegar is working for me.


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Posted by Bonnie (Stillwater, Mn) on 06/17/2015
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I have had GA for 4 yrs. my worst breakout was 3 yrs ago. I was living in Rocheste, Mn. At the time. I had it ALL over my body, on my neck creeping to my Face. The Mayo Clinic Derm's (4 of them), told me I was the worst case they had ever seen. I was given 2 drugs, doxycycline & hydrochoquin (sp.) I was to take for 3 months. I took them for 3 weeks & I broke out in secondary rash (all over my body now) I was a mess. I itched sooo bad I was in tears. I was put in the hospital for 2 days in wet wraps. I looked like a mummy.

I am now 65. It has been fading for almost 3 yrs. It started fading only after I was under the care of chiropractor. I had cortisone ointments, creams prednisone, injected cortisone shots & nothing worked. I also took ACV tabs & lysine, biotin&D3 supplements, nothing. I was told it was most likely brought on by stess. I also, had blood tests & a colonoscopy & nothing turned up unusual. That was 3 yrs ago. I still have lesion marks, on my arms legs, top of feet, & torso. I am doing ion detox foot baths, I have had 3 (1st one was 5 days ago) and I am amazed how much toxins are leaching out of my feet. The water was brownish black & had a fishy oder to it. Mostly liver & cell tissue. I am beginning to see my lesions fade even more..

For those of you who are adults, I would look into a reputable med spa & have the ion detox foot bath and also lymphatic drainage massage. Because toxins in your body are NOT good. Also, I have never smoked and occasionally will have wine or alcohol.

I will do the ion detox foot bath 2 more times, I am driving back to Mn. next week. I hope to find somewhere in the Twin Cities that do these. Also, @ the Med Spa in Parker its $30.00 a time..

P.s. This is a short version of this crap called Generalized disseminated Granuloma annulare.....

Bonnie from Stillwater, Mn.

Replied by Timh Donate

Ky
06/18/2015

B: Thanx for the positive post on detoxing. If I might add, doing the ion detox spa from health professionals is a great start, but if you think that many more spas may be necessary you can purchase your own unit from the internet and use in your home. Also, I find detox foot pads very effective for cleansing.

Also, it is a good practice to take herbal antibiotics like Garlic, Oregano, Neem, Mrrrh, Echinacea, Oregon Grape, Olive Leaf, etc as there are a number of residual parasites & pathogens released back into the bloodstream fallowing the spa (most go into the spa water). Clay, or Charcoal may be necessary before retiring.

You may also consider the detox mineral hot baths recommended here on E.C. 1/4 cup Borax & 1/4 cup Epsom Salts for 1 hr once per wk until better.



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