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I'm a 67 yr. old female who has had varying degrees of Granuloma Annulare all of my adult life. I also had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and a complete Thyroidectomy in my 20s. I take Levothyroxine daily and I do believe there could be some relationship between Thyroid issues and Granuloma Annulare. I have been on this forum many times just as frustrated as many of you have been and are about your Granuloma Annulare. I have had it on my feet (thinking it was Athlete's foot) even as a teenager and eventually it left my feet and started on my elbows. The thickening bumps on my elbows eventually spread to the inside of my arms and especially my forearms. It was itchy and unsightly, red and sometimes swollen. It even started on my left middle finger, and still appears there under the skin, I assume that my wedding ring aggravates it. Cortisone cream has been my friend. It kept the redness to a minimum and was soothing, but didn't help it go away. I want to share with you what finally worked for me: a 5 mg dose of Prednisone for 10 days, then tapering off to none over a week. The redness subsided and the reaction to the Prednisone seemed to soothe it all together, even though the ridges were still visable slightly. Over a month, the skin returned to a normal color and the ridges left. It wasn't completely gone, so the same dose was repeated a second time and it started to go away completely. I have not been on Prednisone since. I have been free of the itching and unsightly ridges and rash for over a year now! The Prednisone stopped the autoimmune cycle within my body and I am no longer suffering from full blown, aggravating Granuloma Annulare! I can tell that there is still that tendancy underlying in my skin, because I get a little itchy inside my elbows at times and I wonder when or if it will come back. But when it does, I know what to do to stop it! I've never been so grateful in my life for something that worked for me. I know that everyone's body is different and this might not be the answer for you, but it was for me. I'm hoping this information helps someone as desperate as I was. Tell your Doctor and ask him/her if it could be the answer for you. My 50 + years was too long to suffer with Granuloma Annulare; I hope this helps somebody.
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