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granuloma annulare and pregnancy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 6, 2006
  • 03:11 AM

I have had granuloma annulare since about age 5. It was concentrated on my ankles until I became pregnant at age 26. During pregnancy it completely disappeared for the first time in my life. After pregnancy it returned in many places all over my body. I am now 42. Is there any information about the relationship between this condition and pregnancy? Could it be treated wtih hormones?

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  • This is a very late reply but I wanted to say that I too experienced either no lesions or very very few during both my pregnancies that were 5 years apart. I have had this condition since I was 18 and I am now 40. I have always wondered about the pregnancies.
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  • Hi, I have also been diagnosed with GA and it completely went away when pregnent. Do you think that the prenatal vitiamins may have something to do with this?
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    • December 31, 2008
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  • I also have GA. My also went completly away while i was pregnant but now it is 10 times worse. Did you guys find any info? I was wondering if birth control would help?
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  • I have had granuloma annulare since about age 5. It was concentrated on my ankles until I became pregnant at age 26. During pregnancy it completely disappeared for the first time in my life. After pregnancy it returned in many places all over my body. I am now 42. Is there any information about the relationship between this condition and pregnancy? Could it be treated wtih hormones?Interesting...I didn't get the condition until after I gave birth to my daughter.
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    • October 16, 2009
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  • I wish someone had an answer to this as it seems a fairly common response. FYI I also had GA on my right arm that appeared about 2 years ago and completely disappeared during my pregnancy. My daughter is now about weeks old and I am just noticing it coming back :(.If this is a common response then surely this information would be valuable to those who are trying to treat it - what is the body doing during pregnancy that completely gets rid of it? Can this effect be somehow synthesised by hormones as a treatment?
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    • February 1, 2010
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  • I have never responded to a blog before, but I feel compelled to say that I too completely 100%, was cured of the granuloma when I became pregnant. I got the rash at the age of 12, and at 26 became pregnant and it vanished completely and fast. It is back now and pretty severe considering my daughter is only one now. So in a year it came back fast. There has to be an answer, I guess nobody is concerned because it seems cosmetic. But a symptom I have is: seemingly more nerve endings on rash. If I flick or scrape the rash it hurts considerably worse than other skin areas. Does anyone have this symptom?Amber @ richartamber@yahoo.com
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    • February 20, 2010
    • 04:52 AM
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  • HiI also have GA. I first got this 20 years ago on my feet and knee's. It went away throughout my pregancy. It came back 1 year later, twice as bad. It has never gone away and now i'm really fed up. I wish something could be done to get rid of GA forever.
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  • i have never responded to a blog before, but i feel compelled to say that i too completely 100%, was cured of the granuloma when i became pregnant. I got the rash at the age of 12, and at 26 became pregnant and it vanished completely and fast. It is back now and pretty severe considering my daughter is only one now. So in a year it came back fast. There has to be an answer, i guess nobody is concerned because it seems cosmetic. But a symptom i have is: Seemingly more nerve endings on rash. If i flick or scrape the rash it hurts considerably worse than other skin areas. Does anyone have this symptom?Amber @ richartamber@yahoo.comi am 36 years old and have ga-it is horrible!!i noticed 2 or 3 small spots on my wrist(they were tiny)when i was pregnant with my 3rd child.i asked the doc about it and was not to concerner but after i had my daughter they got bigger and then on both wrists and i asked again and he sent me to a dermatologist whhich cost alot of money-they did a biopsy and then told me what it was then i also got tested for diabeties and have that now also-they say that they could be related but i just really think it hasto do with what you eat and your hormones.my daughter is now 3 and i have it all over my belly and on my feet(all over my right foot and it looks horrible)all over my wrists and on my right ankle and leg.it drives me crazy-i havent heard to many people complaining about it itching but mine does like crazy!it looks horribl and i feel like i dont even want to be noticed by anyone and i am so tired of people asking me what is on your wrists or legs!i dont know how to get rid of it i feel hopeless!you would think that someone could help us!and also i have noticed that any other doctor than a dermatologist doesnt know what the ***l it is!they look at me like i am crazy!this is just a dreadful thing to have and i feel soooo sorry for anyone going thru what i am!i do totally think it has something to do with pregnancy tho or hormones.
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  • I have had GA for at least 15 years (I'm 42 now). It started small on the top of one foot, and now I have it on my hand, both feet (covering most of the top of them), my legs (new this year) and knees. It seems to get much better during the winter - the inflamation goes down and the redness just about goes away, but as soon as it starts getting warmer, it comes right back. It also went away during both my pregnancies, and my thought was maybe better circulation (more blood pumping through my body) helped. It is also very, very painful when I bump or scratch the spots, and I'm always being asked if I have poison ivy if I wear sandals (which is rare). I just saw a product on the web that says it'll cure it. Has anyone tried Greneton? I was wondering if it works.
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  • I have had GA for at least 15 years (I'm 42 now). It started small on the top of one foot, and now I have it on my hand, both feet (covering most of the top of them), my legs (new this year) and knees. It seems to get much better during the winter - the inflamation goes down and the redness just about goes away, but as soon as it starts getting warmer, it comes right back. It also went away during both my pregnancies, and my thought was maybe better circulation (more blood pumping through my body) helped. It is also very, very painful when I bump or scratch the spots, and I'm always being asked if I have poison ivy if I wear sandals (which is rare). I just saw a product on the web that says it'll cure it. Has anyone tried Greneton? I was wondering if it works.I have had GA for four years now. It started on my hands and now I have over 20 areas reaching to the tops of my arms. I have been to four derms, a rheumetologist, two gynocologists and my primary care doctor. I read over and over where it goes away during pregnancy, there has to be a link there somehow. I have tried several steroid creams, steroid injections in my hands, which only made it worse and Dapsone for six months. I have read on other sites about ROM therapy, antibiotics, but they don't seem to help everyone. Other Ga sufferers have said Greneton has not worked for them. Does anyone have any thyroid problems? I feel this is hormone based but the doctors seem to think it is some type of autoimmune disease.
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  • Wow, it's good to know i'm not the only person in the world with this "skin condition".I am 44 yrs old, female. My GA started out in one spot on one arm some 9 yrs ago. Looked just like ringworm but never went away. Then the "ring" started widening. 9 yrs later that first "ring" is still there, about 5 inches in diameter. Meanwhile, i've gotten others all over my torso, arms and legs. They do tend to appear simultaneously on opposite sides of the body as someone in an earlier post mentioned. ie, on the left bicep and the right bicep, left thigh, right thigh, etc. I sometimes refer to them as my "crop circles" because they're just as mysterious. If I had to pinpoint something that may make them worse, it might be sun and sugar binges. Which may make sense because the dermatologists seem to indicate a link between diabetes and GA. I don't have diabetes but have long felt i have some sort of blood sugar level problem and / or thyroid issue.Anyway, I am wondering if anyone has ever tried ACCUTANE for this?When i was 25 i started getting Acne cysts and was prescribed Accutane. It was a miracle drug. I recently started to wonder if it might work for GA. I did find some info online that indicated that it was sometimes prescribed for GA w/ 90% success rate. See that and other treatment results here http://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1115/p1729.html I'm seeing another dermatologist tomorrow and will ask about the Accutane. I'm willing to try almost anything at this point. It just seems to get worse over the years.
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  • I have had granuloma annulare for about two and a half years. I tried the corticosteroid cream which did nothing. I have one spot on th top of my right foot about three inches in diameter. Doesn't bother me as far as it being itchy or irritated...it's just nasty looking. I am also four months pregnant and haven't noticed any signs of it going away. I'm wondering for those of you that had it go away while you were pregnant...how far along were you when it started clearing up?
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  • Hi everyone - I was diagnosed with GA 19 years ago - tried just about every treatment without success and mine went completely when pregnant but came back with avengeance afterwards. I was then diagnosed with Coeliac nearly 3 years ago. Following a Gluten and Wheat free diet has totally eliminated my GA.It is not easy initially - you have to become an expert in choosing your food and understanding all of the ingredients. I tend to batch cook meals and freeze individual portions.You also have to ensure that you do not unintentionally cross contaminate so you need your own pans/chopping boards/butter/jam etc. I initially cut out only Gluten but then had a flare up of GA about a year ago and believe that this is down to Wheat - some Gluten free foods still contain Wheat starch. Cutting out all of the Wheat related products has meant that the GA has cleared againGood Luck everyoneKirstie
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  • Hi everyone - I was diagnosed with GA 19 years ago - tried just about every treatment without success and mine went completely when pregnant but came back with avengeance afterwards. I was then diagnosed with Coeliac nearly 3 years ago. Following a Gluten and Wheat free diet has totally eliminated my GA.It is not easy initially - you have to become an expert in choosing your food and understanding all of the ingredients. I tend to batch cook meals and freeze individual portions.You also have to ensure that you do not unintentionally cross contaminate so you need your own pans/chopping boards/butter/jam etc. I initially cut out only Gluten but then had a flare up of GA about a year ago and believe that this is down to Wheat - some Gluten free foods still contain Wheat starch. Cutting out all of the Wheat related products has meant that the GA has cleared againGood Luck everyoneKirstieThanks, Kirstie!How long after you completely cut out the gluten did you see your GA start to clear up? I've done a gluten detox but only truly lasted 3 weeks before I cheated so I don't think I gave it enough time.Thanks!Monica
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  • I have never responded to a blog before, but I feel compelled to say that I too completely 100%, was cured of the granuloma when I became pregnant. I got the rash at the age of 12, and at 26 became pregnant and it vanished completely and fast. It is back now and pretty severe considering my daughter is only one now. So in a year it came back fast. There has to be an answer, I guess nobody is concerned because it seems cosmetic. But a symptom I have is: seemingly more nerve endings on rash. If I flick or scrape the rash it hurts considerably worse than other skin areas. Does anyone have this symptom?Amber @ richartamber@yahoo.comYes, I have had GA for I am figuring 30 yrs. I have this all over my body, it is now considered Generalized GA. Heaven help you if you scratch the area. I also have just pain in the areas, but if it is scratched it is Terribly painful. Good Luck. I am glad I found this site, I thought I was the only one with this.
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  • oh my gosh, i can't believe how many responses. it's been a few years since i checked back. i have been to about 25 doctors over the past 30 years and they all seem to have the same response. that there is nothing they can do, they don't know what causes it, and they prescribe creams that ruin the elasticity of my skin and turn it paper thin.I am 44 now and it has spread onto my elbows and gotten worse on my thighs, arms and legs and wrists. the 7 doctors i have seen since my pregnancies, have never shown any interest or concern when i mention the fact that it went away during pregnancy! frustrating!i am embarrassed to wear shorts and dresses, even though i am physically fit.maybe we should all compare notes about lifestyle, eating habits, history, etc., to see if we find other things in common. maybe we can figure this out ourselves!email me atbeauloye@aol.com make sure to put granuloma anulare in the subject
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    • August 13, 2010
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  • I am a 55 yrs. old female and have suffered with GA for the past 20 years. It started on my wirsts, then my legs, then my upper arms. Right now it is contained to my entire torso but fortunately since this area of my body is covered no one notices it but my family. I have been receiving cortizone injections form my dermotologist for the past 20 yrs, 3 to 4 injections a year and I have now gained almost 100 pounds as a result. The injections worked for a while but the GA always came back. Today I went to my internist and spoke to him about my enormous weight gain and the almost impossible task of trying to loss weight and he told me as long as I am getting the injections I will never loss weight. As of today I have decided I will never get another injection again. I would rather have GA then be so over weight. I can not believe my dermotologist continued this treatment for so long. Has anyone else experienced this, and if so how long did it take for you to start losing weight after finishing the cortizone injections? My dr. thought 4 to 6 months.
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    • August 20, 2010
    • 05:51 AM
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  • I am 53 and had this since I was 8 or 9. It went away during both my pregnancies, but always came back worse.... very bad on elbows, torso, leg, wrist, hands, everywhere really. I have decided I am marked for life. Since I have also had breast cancer twice I don't sweat this anymore. Basically I have gone my whole life not wanting anyone to see or touch me. It has not been an easy ride. As long as the cancer stays away I always tell myself I am a special child of God's. For some reason, in this life I wasn't meant for love or love of physical self. Did I mention I have birthmarks all over my leg too? Yea, got to discern to each new doc what my wierdness's are. Thanks for starting this blog of sorts. It helps to know I am not completely alone.
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    • October 24, 2010
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  • I was diagnosed with GA when I was 22 or 23. I had a very mild case on just my elbows. I am now 19 weeks pregnant and I realized that the bumps are completely gone!! I will be asking my dr. why this happened, to try and prevent in the furture!! I pray that after I give birth that it doesn't come back worse!!
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  • I found this list halfway down on this page of a list of studies on treatments scroll down till you see a chart:http://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1115/p1729.html
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