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Granuloma Annulare


  • Granuloma Annulare (GA) is a bumpy skin condition in the shape of a circle

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  • It looks infected
  • You think your child needs to be seen
  • Your child becomes worse

About This Topic


  • A bumpy skin condition in the shape of a ring or circle. At the start, it may be a semi circle.
  • The bumps are firm, not soft.
  • The center of the circle is flat and normal skin.
  • The skin on top of GA usually looks normal. Sometimes, it's a little pink or purple colored.
  • Peak size across is 1 to 2 inches (25 to 50 mm).
  • Usually occurs on the ankle or top of the foot. Can also occur on the wrist or back of the hand. Rarely occurs on the back of the head.
  • The skin over the GA is not attached to the GA. The skin can be moved over the bumps.
  • Sometimes more than one GA is present.
  • Doesn't cause pain or itching.


  • The cause is unknown.

Prevention of Spread to Others

  • GA is not contagious.
  • In children, it is not associated with any serious diseases.

After Care Advice

  • Granuloma annulare is a skin condition that is easy to diagnose.
  • It is harmless and will slowly go away on its own
  • It doesn't leave any scarring.
  • Here is some care advice that should help.
Treatment of GA:
  • Injection of steroids is sometimes suggested.
  • So are some prescription creams.
  • But none of the proposed treatments are helpful.
  • Patience and the passage of time still works best.
What To Expect:
  • Lasts 2 years on the average. It may last up to 4 years.
  • During that time it may get a little better, then get worse.
  • With time, it goes away on its own.

Author: Barton Schmitt MD, FAAP
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