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a short introduction.
annulare is a harmless condition of unknown cause which
affects the skin of people in all age groups. Granuloma annulare is a
not uncommon condition that can occur on any site of the body.
Granuloma annulare may cause no symptoms, but affected skin may
sometimes be tender.
annulare presents with a ring of small, firm bumps (papules)
over the backs of the forearms, hands or feet, often centered around
joints or knuckles. Occasionally, multiple rings may be found and also
spreading to other skin areas may occur. Rarely, granuloma annulare may
appear as a firm nodule under the surface of the skin.
cause of granuloma annulare is not known. Granuloma annulare
is usually seen in otherwise healthy people. However, it may
occasionaly be associated with diabetes or thyroid disease.
granuloma annulare will disappear after a few weeks or months
without scarring. Sometimes, however, it will persist for years.
In most cases treatment is not necessary Sometimes it is helpful to
apply a strong steroid preparation to the skin or steroids can be
injected into the bumps themselves. Small plaques can be frozen