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Granuloma annulare: Tips for managing

Getting an accurate diagnosis is important. Some skin conditions that look like granuloma annulare require treatment.

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Granuloma annulare is a skin condition that’s usually nothing to worry about. If you think you might have it, the following can help.

  1. See a board-certified dermatologist for a diagnosis. It’s very possible that the rash or deep lump in your skin is granuloma annulare. Because many other skin conditions can look like granuloma annulare, you want to see a board-certified dermatologist. These doctors are the skin experts who can help you get an accurate diagnosis.

    An accurate diagnosis is important to your health. Some skin conditions that look like granuloma annulare, such as ringworm, require treatment.

  2. If you have granuloma annulare, be patient. This skin condition tends to clear on its own without treatment. Patience is important because clearing can take time. Some patients see their clear skin in a few months. Most will see clearing within 2 years.

  3. If you develop symptoms like itch or pain, see your dermatologist. Most people remain symptom free. If itch, pain, or tenderness occur, treatment can help relieve your symptoms.

  4. Understand that granuloma annulare can clear and return. While this skin condition tends to go away on its own without treatment, it also tends to return. Even if you treat it, this skin condition can return. When it returns, it usually clears more quickly.

  5. If you see anything on your skin that is growing, bleeding, or changing in any way, see your dermatologist. Granuloma annulare tends to clear slowly. If you see a sudden change, make an appointment to see your dermatologist. You could have another skin condition.

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Ghadially R. “Granuloma annulare.” Medscape. Updated Sep 7, 2017. Last accessed Feb 28, 2018.