Grover's Disease Remedies

Ice
Posted by Karly (New Zealand) on 07/13/2020
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Cold Showers or Ice Packs or Ice Rollers for skin work really well for Grover's Disease.

If you sweat and don't have a shower straightaway you will feel a slight crawling stingy feeling on the skin, this is a warning sign that your skin is going to break out.

I've found that you can exercise and get hot and sweat as much as you want but you must not let the sweat dry on your skin, wash it off as soon as you can.


OTC
Posted by Bob C (Savannah, Ga) on 03/27/2018
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Grover's Disease OTC Itching control that works for me:

I just found this site a few hours ago and wanted to pass on what is working for me. I haven't read all the posts but I am thankful that this site exists and you all post to try and help each other.

Although I have had intense itching for over 4 months, I only received the results of a biopsy confirming Grovers about a month ago. My dermatologist recommended Gold Bond Relief Lotion with 3% Salicylic Acid. It is an over the counter lotion that works for her other Grovers' patients and it is available at Walmart and Target for under $10. Supposedly other drug stores carry it at a higher price but I have not been able to find it.

The salicylic acid lotion works almost immediately for about 6 hours most of the time. A second application over the first application works, but not nearly as effective as immediately following a shower or bath. (I have read reports that bathing submerged for at least 5 min is best, but a shower works for me.)

A few days ago I tried A&D ointment and that worked great in suppressing the itching the one time that I tried it. Going bare chested without a shirt is also very effective in extending the time duration after applying the Salicylic Acid.

The dermatologist prescribed the antihistamine Hydroxyzine HCL 25mg. Although the direction is for 1 pill, I take 1/2 a pill before bed and I usually sleep through the night without waking up itching. I also have a prescription for 6% Salicylic Acid cream but the cream and lotion have been discontinued (not FDA approved). I tried the 6% gel, but it makes me light headed and since the 3% works I am happy to stay with it.

Good luck .... I hope this helps someone.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Grain-free (Toronto, On) on 01/30/2018
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I honestly didn't think it was possible, but Grover's, which I have had for years (especially on my abdomen), has completely cleared up over the past 10 days. NO MORE DEBILITATING ITCH, no more raided bumps, no more discomfort, no more embarrassment. I eliminated grains from my diet (began a Paleo way of eating, but still eating some dairy) and almost immediately my condition improved. I also began using a diaper rash cream for the itch and thought it may have contributed to my improved condition, but while it dealt with the itch the Grover's was still there. The last few days, I stopped using the cream and the Grover's hasn't reappeared. I highly recommend trying to give up grains. No grains = no Grover's (for me). Just had to share.


Vitamin D
Posted by Karly (New Zealand) on 07/13/2020
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I agree with Christine that vitamin D is important in helping with the disease and flare-ups.


Grover's Disease Triggers
Posted by Wayne (Switzerland) on 01/24/2018

Hey Gary,

I have had GD since I turned 42... so for 27 years. I tried a lot of creams recommended by the skin specialists, but they were largely ineffective. Last winter I tried UV treatment at the local hospital. After a few weeks it really helped and right through summer I sat in the sun with just shorts on. The rash almost disappeared and at the end of summer 2017, I could not see it. Then in December I caught the flu and immediately the rash reappeared on my stomach and chest and a bit on my lower back. I always use a cream after showering after my workouts (5 days a week) and the rash has become less visible again. I am thinking of buying a UV lamp to use at home rather than go to the hospital and stand in the UV rays for 5 minutes, 3 times a week. The UV must be UVB Narrow Band TL01. I think it might be better than creams. I also agree with the people on this site, it could be food related - so it is better to find the cause rather than treat the symptoms. It is worth a try.


Magnesium
Posted by Anna (Uk) on 11/20/2017
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Grovers disease - I use Magnesium sulphate and this helps.


Water
Posted by Hedy (Delray Beach) on 10/08/2016
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Grover's Disease - Hydration!

Drink much more water and keep hydrated the itchy areas until the inner hydration kicks in. I was diagnosed, tried everything and end up with this simple recipe. Now if a papule pops up, "Geez not enough water?" And grab a glass or two or three. Basically until it is gone.

At first, give it a few days and the 15 to 30 minutes. I think we become more susceptible to contaminants, processed food, pills, and they all increase our water (and fruits and veggie) demand.


Diaper Rash Cream
Posted by Alfred (New York) on 01/07/2017
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I have had tremendous success with diaper rash cream and a juice cleanse.


Vitamin A
Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 02/26/2018 235 posts

That is great Ellen that your determination to cure your Grover's Disease led you to sharing your success at using vitamin A and oregano oil to alleviate healing symptoms. I'm sure you will help many.

To continued good health.


Vitamin D3
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Us) on 08/13/2020

If you get low on water, it can take 6 months to rehydrate a body . The rehydration process includes the correct balance of all minerals.... so if something here is out of balance the body will produce histamine to let you know about the problem and that might cause itching. If your liver ( try milk thistle) is having problems that will cause lots of itching. If your stomach is out of whack it will not absorb your minerals. Could be those invisible bugs biting you....mint might get rid of them, I have mint in pots by both doors, repels flies, mice, mosquitos, ect. Oye. I have been going down these rabbit trails for years.

Blessings, Charity


Grover's Disease Remedies
Posted by Chris (Honolulu, US) on 09/27/2014
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I have been a firefighter for 14 years and have had Grover's ever since. I have tried everything for Grover's Disease. To keep it at bay eat healthy natural foods, avoid excessive heat and stress, cut back on alcohol and caffeine. The underlying problem is within the skin, so foods and supplements good for your skin help fight Grover's. Consider a good hair, skin, and nail vitamin. If you have a flair up use a good mild cleansing soap. If the itch is really bad use ice packs, also rubbing alcohol kills the itch and cleans the area. Again, maintaining a healthy lifestyle works best. Sincerely, Chris

Coconut Oil
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 01/08/2014

Hello Jackson,

I've had success with rashes using enzymes and sometimes herbs such as marshmallow root and papaya leaf. The enzyme best suited for therapeutic use are ones such as amylase, protease, lipase, pectinase, cellulose.

That combination helps with pH levels for me. Often I have acidic body issues and if baking soda in water isn't enough I've found the pH balancing can be done with an enzyme/ herb combo. And it doesn't seem to take much of such a formula. You can find pH enzyme formulas at health food stores. I found supplementing with enzymes helps with my"dry eye" problem but seems to help rashes and itching which is the Grover's itching you are having.

My point is this: On itching issues, could there be a base deficiency of enzymes? Not that this would be the cause in all cases. I doubt if itching caused by "ringworm" could be helped by enzymes. But I've just seen the enzyme connect play out enough so that I'm becoming really intrigued at the interplay of enzyme activity overall to proper body functioning.

Another, for instance; when I take my enzyme pill I notice I have less sinus congestion. Could the chronic congestion be related to a metabolic / digestive problem that enzymes help overcome? I use a pH balance product from Enzymedica but am sure other companies make a "pH balance" formula also.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Magnolia16 (Virginia) on 10/22/2016

Margie, I don't know what Grover's disease is, but it sounds most aggravating - nothing like an intense itch to drive you insane! It also sounds like you've been under a lot of stress and trying to cope in a new situation. I wish I could give some good advice, but all I have to offer is friendship and empathy!


Kelp Paste, Hot Showers
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/30/2013

Avvidor, in my experience, the real Coconut Oil drastically reduces itching from any cause.


Eliminating Sulfites
Posted by Bob (Chapel Hill, Nc) on 01/24/2013
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You might add a category for Sulfites, which may be a cause. I have had Grovers for 20 years or more. And drank wine and scotch for longer. Two years ago, I stopped drinking all alcohol beverages. I have been free from the itching and pain ever since then.

Eliminating Sulfites
Posted by Tim (Ellitcott City, Md) on 05/25/2015
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Bob - thank you, thank you, thank you!!! After 20 years of Grover's every winter it's finally gone! As soon as I read you post about wine and scotch the light bulb went off - RED WINE! After years of trying colon cleanses, vitamins, probiotics and elimination diets I realized never cut out the wine - duh. I made the mistake of lumping all alcohol into one category - "I never had a problem with the tons of beer I drank in college". So for me, it is not the sulfites, I verified this by drinking white wine for weeks now. Lesson learned for the rest of you - WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING YOU EAT OR DRINK! I thought I could just muse it over in my head and get it all. I also wouldn't rule out locations you spend a lot of time in (maybe its mold in walls or something).

Thanks again Bob.


Eliminating Sulfites
Posted by Dean (Ohio) on 07/16/2015

I finally found out this week after itching for 2 years that I have Grover's disease...I like drinking beer so do you think that may cause this?


Gluten-Free Diet
Posted by Ibhipru (St George, Utah) on 01/19/2013
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This is in response to the post implicating wheat as the possible culprit to Grover's Disease. I had undiagnosed grover's sysmptoms for years when my wife and decided to go gluten free. The aggrivating itching and red bumps on my stomach, chest and back cleared up to a great degree. I was formally diagnosed with Grover's recently. I also recently fell off the wagon and consumed wheat at the direction of my Dr who was testing me for a skin problem related to Celiac Disease (Dermatitis Perfitaformis). Almost immediately my Grover's errupted. I have also recently veered from my diet and consumed wheat products with a corresponding flare in my Grovers. I really believe Grover's may be affected by wheat or even all gluten flours.


Witch Hazel
Posted by Brenda (Indiana) on 03/11/2022
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Grover's Rash

Witch Hazel stops the itching and fades the rash almost completely. I just put some on a clean cloth and thoroughly wipe the rash down with it, at the first sign of the itching starting back up I use it again.


Grover's Disease Triggered by Vaccine
Posted by mmsg (somewhere, europe) on 01/03/2022

Audrey, try soothing the itch with coconut oil.


Grover's Disease Triggered by Vaccine
Posted by JC (canada) on 01/16/2022

Audrey,

Your doctor can freeze the spots off by using CO2 in the doctor's office. It works.


Grover's Disease Triggered by Vaccine
Posted by Patricia (FL) on 09/23/2021
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I got Grovers Disease from the Shingles Vaccine.


Grover's Disease Triggered by Vaccine
Posted by Rita (California) on 06/04/2021

Great information here Bill, thank you so much. We are learning a lot, sadly with trial and error. Yes, have stopped both prescriptions, which he tried each just twice. And have him discontinue the Claritin (he's only been taking for few days), whew, thank goodness! Hopefully not too much damage has been done, w/the few doses. I imagine he should discontinue Benadryl (over-the-counter) as well?? We are so grateful for the info., and links you posted above (borax and iodine). We'll be looking into this immediately! THANK YOU SO, SO, MUCH!! 🙏 🙏🙏


Grover's Disease Triggered by Vaccine
Posted by Rita (California) on 06/04/2021

Thank you very much Charity for your reply to our post, we appreciate all the information and wonderful recommendations. I thought it was important to share our post ~ just as a precaution to others that might be considering the covid vaccine. I am also curious, if others who have Grover's Dis-ease might not in fact be eating the healthiest diet, drinking plenty of good water, getting real vitamin D (sun), exercise, have a calm positive mind, and outlook on life. These are all components for a healthy lifestyle (mind & body). Thankfully, I know, because I self healed from Rheumatoid Arthritis 13 yrs ago. We'll be researching all that you suggested, and again, we are so grateful to you, and all the others for sharing.


Grover's Disease Triggered by Vaccine
Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 06/04/2021

My mother in law died (heart issues from methotrexate)after suffering from RA for decades. I suspect it was the zinc in her denture adhesive throwing off her minerals producing histamine. Most of what we learn is from suffering through things . Expecting miracles in faithville, Us...love, Charity

Bill's comment below had iodine in it, I use it daily. Iodine, chloride and fluoride are halides (same shape of molecules) and all go into the iodine ports in the body and only iodine belongs there .Halide - Wikipedia The others cause autoimmune diseases, especially thyroid issues. selenium balances iodine and low selenium causes cancer to grow. You mentioned he was in the spa ....Just an add on.


Grover's Disease Triggered by Vaccine
Posted by Jeannette (Ohio) on 06/09/2021

Hello,

Sometimes medications weaken the immune system and the chlorine may have filled your husband's bucket. Here are my suggestions:

Use Nigella Sativa oil organic 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp 3x per day, especially right before a meal. It has the properties of immune modulation, but it will also calm an agitated immune system. Nigella Sativa appeared in the bible and is said cure everything, but death itself.

2. If you are in a state that will allow you to buy CBD oil with a 1:1 ratio, you can use a drop twice a day(one before bed). This will also calm an agitated immune system. The steps mentioned above are just to calm the body, but your husband might need to look under draining pathways that might be clogged (kidneys, liver, colon), then use some binders as I bet his body is a toxic bucket filled with all sorts of toxins. The medications he received may have filled his body to his limits. You can read about Nigella Sativa online and a new book that came out last year talks about using this oil (Why Not Desserts? Available in Amazon, the oil is also available in Amazon. Have him avoid for now dairy, eggs, gluten they are hard to digest. The Nigella Sativa is sold at many health food stores and believe me when I say this will take care of his problems within few days. There is a reason that is reference in the bible!

Good luck, Health Coach


Cilantro, Zinc Oxide, Turmeric
Posted by Tina P (Pennsylvania) on 05/29/2021

My husband has been diagnosed with Grovers last year. Dr is trying everything. What soap do you use in the shower?


Zinc Oxide
Posted by Robert (Illinois) on 03/31/2021

Robo,

1st of all thx for sharing. Like you I'm in my 60's. I was diagnosed with Grover's 10 years ago. It is all over my back and on about 1/3 of my stomach. So back and front of core truck is 95% of where it appears. The other 5 to 10% of I I have isolated spots. Primarily on the high part of my thighs and a few around my belt line. But never ever on or near my privates nor ever on my face or neck. It's appeared but isolated on the collar bone part closest to my neck. But again never on face or privates by me or anyone I've heard comment. So think you're good there. You said forearms however...I have never had it there. So that was the only unique location comment of yours. I have heard everyone fails with what doctor prescriptions of any kind myself included.

I started the cilantro about 10 days ago. I love the taste and the other benefits (see my very recent post in the cilantro section of this forum.) So far no change. I will continue the cilantro routine forever regardless. Two days ago, I started the zinc oxide cream (16% active ingredient--Zinc oxide). It diaper cream. Covers it up nicely but almost is irritating the papules. So the 48 hour result for me is "not" working. I've heard others have miracles. So that's why I tried it. As I said in my other post, I do plan to comment back on here and let you know how it goes. I would hope you'd do the same. They say we have an "orphan" disease. So don't be a stranger. You and everyone's posts are helpful.

Kind regards, Robert from Chicago.


Keto Diet
Posted by Melinda (Bend) on 01/14/2021
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Worked Temporarily

I was diagnosed with Grover's Disease at 50. Was going through menopause at the time so it took a very long time to get it diagnosed. I was miserable. Mine falls on my lower back and torso.

Interestingly, it went away after 2 months or so and following a very strict Keto diet thought this was why it went away. I do not eat any sugar, gluten, wheat, or processed foods. I am now 56 and after going through an oral chelation therapy with my husband, ended up with this horrible GD rash. I had almost forgotten about it. I feel this is a herx reaction, but regardless, I have it and it has been very uncomfortable.

I am on my 2nd day of cilantro, which I blend with avocado, egg white protein, and ginger in the morning. I have ordered chlorella and will add that when I receive it. Will update on any improvement. I have coming today some collodial silver cream, so I will update on that too. Wishing everyone the best with their GD. What a pain in the butt.....


Zinc Oxide
Posted by robert (Illinois) on 04/05/2021
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Terri & Veronica, I have read all these "miracle stories" of zinc oxide cream. Thought I had the miracle too when I woke up and it was gone. Problem is, it was NOT gone. It was just merely hidden by the zinc oxide but when you washed it off, there is was again.

I will continue to try but no miracle yet for me.

Robert in Chicago.


Vitamin A
Posted by Judy (Bronx, Ny) on 04/28/2018

I just bought it from GNC. I started taking 50000 and went up to 50000 3x a day. I would check with your dr first since high doses aren't safe for very long but I'm not planning on staying on this more than a few weeks.


Vitamin D
Posted by Jamie R. (Cali) on 04/24/2018

I must say thank you to all the women who are putting their information and treatment ideas out there. It is nice to see that women, other than myself, are suffering with the same thing I am...especially since it's considered a "man's disease."

I appreciate everything all of you are suggesting.


Zinc Oxide
Posted by Sherry Smith (Charleston, Sc) on 08/15/2018

You are so welcome! I want to shout if from the rooftops!


Curcumin
Posted by Sue (St Albans, Uk) on 06/09/2020

Hi Rob, my hubby has been suffering with Grover's for several years now. Last year his arms were so bad and inflamed (that could have been a different skin complaint) that we asked the GP if he could have full blood tests to determine the CAUSE. Following the blood tests, he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma!! Probably had it for years. Since March this year he has been taking Curcumin C3 with Bioperine 8g daily for the MM but sadly it has not helped his Grover's. I'm sorry to disappoint although it may help you, it's a great supplement.

We are now going to try Magnesium, (mentioned by Anna); Reishi + Shiitake mushroom extract (mentioned by Francesco); and Molybdenum (mentioned by Jerry). All worth a try IMHO.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Karen D (Memphis, Tn) on 01/18/2018
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Re a gluten-free diet for Grover's Disease--

As I have come to learn it isn't the wheat as much as it is the YEAST in the breads, cakes, pasta etc. to include alcoholic beverages and fermented foods such as pickles, sauerkraut, Kombucha, even vinegar-based salad dressings which I love.

I eliminated gluten from my diet 2 years ago which I thought was the answer. Yet I still had mild flare-ups especially in the winter and have now had to eliminate the fermented foods, vinegar, and red wine. This is working for me and the symptoms are reduced and I believe this will do it.

Coconut oil applied topically does remove the itching completely. I am hopeful that monitoring my diet will keep this under control. If it continues the next thing will be to have all of my mercury-laden amalgam fillings removed from my teeth.


Grover's Disease Triggers
Posted by Ben (Florida ) on 06/05/2018

PLEASE see BEN's post. I have tried MANY prescriptions with medical directions, non helped. My Cilantro smoothie WORKS. Please TRY.


Vitamin A
Posted by Sherry (Scottsdale) on 01/25/2018

i was just diagnosed with Grover's today. I will try your Vit A therapy tomorrow. Thanks for the info.


Emu Oil
Posted by Charlotte (Texas) on 01/29/2017
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I have Grover's and was diagnosed in June 2016 after many months of misery. Have been on and off steroid creams, kenalog injection, prednisone(which I just finished a month of yesterday) Am currently taking a small dose of Methotrexate once weekly which I have been on since Dec. 31. I ordered some Emu oil which has helped somewhat. Ice packs help alot when the itching becomes unbearable. My scalp, back and chest are the main problem areas for me. I also use coconut oil but the emu oil seems to help more. Spent LOTS of time in the sun growing up which I am sure is the problem.

Vitamin A
Posted by John (Virginia) on 12/26/2016

Here are the vitamins that you can cause adverse reactions if you overdose on them: Vitamins A, D, E & K.


Vitamin A
Posted by Ellen (New York) on 02/19/2018

Thank you for your response. Have been taking the Vit A, 50,000 iu for the last 7 days. I actually do think it actually might be helping. Still using anti-itch cream, but fingers crossed, the rash is subsiding. Hoping I haven't just jinxed myself. Going to continue vit A for 3 more days and then stop. I will see what happens. Thank you so much for your input. -Ellen


Vitamin D3
Posted by Jerry (Dania Beach, Fl) on 04/09/2016
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I have been to several doctors with my Grover's disease which is itching me to death. I read one book and tried vitamin D3. I've been taken for a week 4000 milligrams per day which is only for tablets already. I can't believe it, no itching and the lesions are getting smaller!

I am so happy and relieved, it's unbelievable. It makes sense because I don't go out in the sun that much and that D3 is what it's for. It works, it really works and is very inexpensive.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Angela G. (Illinois) on 09/07/2015
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I recently was diagnosed with Grovers Disease and the Triamcinolone cream is not working and making it worse. This is the worst I have ever had it since I was a teenager.

I started using Tea Tree Oil at night and my husband noticed a difference and it is looking better. The bad thing is Tea Tree Oil smells awful. I do not know what I am going to do if we end up moving to Florida with the job change. The heat and sweating is bad for my skin.


Ice
Posted by Kjb (Florida Keys) on 06/04/2016
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I would dampen a wash cloth, put it in a plastic zip lock bag then the freezer. It was the only way to fall asleep.


Vitamin D3
Posted by Beth (South Carolina) on 05/04/2015
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I have had Grover's for about 4 years. The first time it appeared I was covered on chest, back and legs. Went on a 2 week steroid which also made me crazy. This did send into remission I think. However, since then I have taken 1 allergy pill a day and a hydroxsine and this kept it at bay for a while. It seems to come back twice a year and usually I can calm it by taking Hydroxine. I had been taking vitamin d and fish oil for a long time. I stopped for some reason and then went to HOT YOGA! Big mistake. The virus came alive and have had a horrible time getting it to calm down.

I started taking 1000mg vitamin D, claritan, 2 Hydroxine's every 4 hours. Still would not go away. Started hibiclens and oat mill shower wash and then started laying out in the sun an hour a day. (light treatments gave me this idea) Before I wasn't sleeping hardly at all. Now its under control and seems to be going away. I also use cerave lotion twice a day. Hope this helps somebody!



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