Common Types Of Granuloma Annulare
Granuloma annulare has various symptoms depending on its form. The most common form is localized which occurs in young adults. Lesions may create a complete circle or semicircular shape, usually less than two inches in diameter. They appear on the ankles, feet, hands, and wrists. The generalized form typically affects adults and features itchy, circular shaped lesions over the majority of the body.
Subcutaneous granuloma annulare is most common in young children with firm but generally painless lumps under the skin. The lumps tend to appear on the hands, scalp, and shins and are smaller than 1.4 inches.
Granuloma annulare isn’t contagious but it’s recommended to contact your dermatologist if the ring-patterned lesions are still visible after several weeks.
Granuloma Annulare Treatment
Most forms of granuloma annulare disappear without medical treatment but some patients are bothered by their skin’s appearance. Your dermatologist may suggest various treatment options, including:
- Corticosteroid creams or ointments: These medications can help speed the disappearance of the lesions.
- Corticosteroid injections: This treatment is generally used for thicker granuloma lesions.
- Applying liquid nitrogen: Freezing the affected area may aid in removing the lesions while stimulating new skin growth.
- Light therapy: Certain types of light and lasers may reduce the appearance of the lesions and aid in healing.
- Oral medications: Antibiotics and other prescription medications are generally reserved for severe cases of granuloma annulare with widespread lesions.