What is granuloma annulare?

This is inflammation of the skin which leads to small groups of bumps forming in a ring like pattern. It is relatively common in the UK. It is usually a very mild condition which commonly affects children and young adults. The condition may recur and each episode can last up to two years.

What causes granuloma annulare?

The exact cause is unknown. However, it is not infective and is not due to allergies. Some patients with diabetes may be at increased risk of developing granuloma annulare.

What are the symptoms?

  • Multiple, small, firm bumps in a ring / circular distribution (1-2 inches in diameter)
  • Typically seen on the back of the hands, elbows and ankles
  • Itching

How can granuloma annulare be treated?

  • Topical steroids: skin steroid based preparations
  • Steroid injections
  • Phototherapy (PUVA)

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