Derm Quiz: What's causing these symptoms? Joel Schlessinger MD explains.A patient of Joel Schlessinger MD’s has developed a rash with reddish bumps on their arm in the shape of a ring. This person’s symptoms have appeared gradually over the past several months. So far, the patient hasn’t responded to anti-fungal ointment. What is it?

Joel Schlessinger MD diagnosed this patient with granuloma annulare. Often found in children and young adults, this chronic skin condition is characterized by a ring of small, firm bumps on the forearms, hands or feet. This rash may be slightly itchy, but granuloma annulare usually causes no other symptoms. At first glance, the rash looks like a fungal infection.

With very few symptoms, the majority of granuloma annulare patients only require treatment for cosmetic reasons. In some cases, strong steroid creams or ointments can sometimes help clear up the rash more quickly. Most granuloma annulare disappears within two years, but it is not uncommon for symptoms to reappear.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends making an appointment to see your local dermatologist if you notice a rash or a ring of bumps anywhere on your skin, rather than waiting for the symptoms to disappear. With the help of a medical professional, you will receive proper treatment and care regardless of your diagnosis.

Have you been diagnosed with granuloma annulare? Share your experience with us in the comments.

Posted Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 9:24 pm
Filed Under Category: Dermatology, Skin Care, Skin Care Myths
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