Healing Granuloma Annulare

July 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Health, Lifes Victories

For years I had this red spot on my face. I really didn’t know what it was, and left it alone because it really didn’t bother me. So one day my wife asks me to get it checked out to be sure it’s not cancer. I’m thinking I know this is not cancer. Why waste the time and the money to have this checked out? Realizing that this would bring my wife peace of mind I made an appointment with a dermatologist to have it checked out.

As I arrived in the office of the dermatologist I’m thinking she’s going to look at this prescribe me some ointment or cortisone cream and send me home. At last the assistant to the doctor called my name and I headed to your typical room for patient doctor consultation. As soon as the doctor arrived in the room and the intial small talk was out of the way she took a look at the spot. She looked puzzled  so I asked her “what do you think it is?” Her response shook me.  “I don’t know I think we need to do a biopsy to be sure!”  “You’ve got to be kidding me this was supposed to be simple.”  I thought as I said “let’s go ahead and do it.”

Five or six days later I got the results of the biopsy. ” Rick you have a skin disease called Granuloma Annulare.” “What in the world is that.” “It’s a non cancerous skin disease that the doctor would like to treat with  Clobetasol, I’ll call the prescription in to your Pharmacy.” I thank God I have insurance because by itself this stuff sells for $65.00.

So I get my prescription and of course I read the side effects before beginning the treatment regimen. After a few weeks of using this stuff, my face is beginning to break out in these bumps all around the initial Granuloma Annulare red spot. So I decided to make another appoinment and go back to the dermatologist. “Well Rick it looks to me like the Granuloma Annulare is spreading, and I think that we need to do some blood work.” “I had blood work done a few weeks ago when I had a physical can’t we just check with my doctor and use the blood work that was done at that time.” It was at this moment that I realized that this doctor did not have a clue on how to cure this disease.  Remember I read the prescription side effects and one of the side effects happens to be skin irritation. My skin really started to get irritated after I began using this steroid cream.  “Can you write down the name of this disease?  I’ll research this on my own.” The doctor knew that I didn’t believe that the disease was spreading, although she did her best to convince me. I payed my copay and left never to return again.

I’m a believer in God and His Word so the first thing I did when I got home was to pray to God for a solution.  Next I went online looking for natural cures to this disease. One of the cures mentioned by an individual caught my attention. They got rid of Granuloma Annulare by drinking apple cider vinegar every day. It was then that it clicked in my brain what I could do for myself. I remembered that apple cider vinegar kicks poison ivy’s butt out the door. When you put vinegar on poison ivy the itch goes away instantly and the poison ivy disappears fairly quickly. So I bought some Bragg organic apple cider vinegar and began putting it on my face each morning  and night for 20 minutes to an hour. I’d take a ball of cotton pour vinegar on it, and hold it on  the disease spot on my face. Sure enough I could feel the spot stinging and noticed after a  couple days that when it was time to stop there was puss oozing out of the Granuloma Annulare. After about a week of steadily doing this twice a day my face had scabs where all the Granuloma Annulare bumps were.  People were concerned about me when they saw me, but I just told them I’m getting rid of Granuloma Annulare.

I decided that it would be a good idea to assist in the healing process, so I started putting aloe on the scabs. I went to our local Plant Nursery and bought an aloe plant. It costs between seven and ten dollars, and is a lot cheaper than what the lousy Clobetasol prescription would have cost an uninsured person. When I bought the plant I learned that a simple way of applying the aloe to the spot that needs healing is to cut a small sprig, and squeeze it until the juice oozes out.  Wipe the aloe juice on the spot that needs healing and allow it to dry. After using the sprig I put it  in a sandwich bag, and store it in the refrigerator until it is time for my next application. What was once an ugly aberration on my face is now barely visible and will eventually totally disappear as I continue putting aloe on it. God is good to me, He heals me when I believe His Word. I’m thankful for a solution to a disease that the doctor didn’t have a clue how to cure. God is Great.


41 Responses to “Healing Granuloma Annulare”
  1. Cherry says:

    Thank You sooooo much for sharing this story! I have tried everything and I also am a believer in god and prayed in faith for my skin, I have the spots all over my hands, elbows, tops of feet,ankles,and knees. It’s very embarrasing to say the least and have been holding out on getting a job with the public since I would need to use my hands alot. So I tried this method I bought the Braggs Apple Cide Vinegar from my local Vitamin Shoppe it was around six dollars. Now this is going to sound crazy but it worked for me as I was very desperte I soaked a cotton ball in the vinegar flattened it out and placed it on the more obvious ones which is my hands and used tape to keep it in place. I left it on for a few hours and at times overnight and I am sooooo excited they started to peel! and they are becoming less and less visible! I am so excited PRAISE GOD! and thanks heavens for Apple Cider Vinegar! I am also goin going to use aloe as well since it is scabbing. I can’t stop looking at my hands and see how miraculous this was after years of living with this and it just seems to be spreading, no creams helped. Thank You so very much for your story and advice! GOD bless!

    • Rick says:

      Thanks Cherry for sharing with me. All the best to you and I’ll be praying for your complete deliverance.

    • Rohit says:

      I have a question. As you mentioned about drinking the raw apple cider vingear, how much should I consume it? Just drink or add something like honey? I have Granuloma Annulare on several of my fingers. 🙁

      • Rick says:

        I would add it to 8 ounces of water. I do not put honey in mine, but I know people who do. Bragg apple cider recommends 1 to 2 tsps in 8 ounces of water. If you would like to add honey they suggest the same measurement 1 to 2 tsps. Their bottle says perfect taken 3 times a day. You may want to try what I did, pick a finger and put some vinegar on some cotton and hold it on a granuloma annulare spot for twenty minutes to an hour each night. The granuloma will scab eventually. If you decide to do this get an aloe plant at your local nursery. Keep putting aloe the spot after it scabs until it goes away. If you’re christian find a verse like Mark 11:23-24, 1 Peter 2:24 or 3 John 2 and confess your chosen verse until it comes to pass. Prayer works!!

  2. Vanessa says:

    I am heading to the store tomorrow to get some Apple Cider Vinegar… I have been dealing with this for about 3 years now for the first two years it was just one spot on one finger (and THAT was bad) and in the last year it has started spreading all over both my hands and now up my forearms. This is going NOTHING for my self esteem.
    THANK YOU in advance for giving me some hope.

    • Rick says:

      I’ll be praying for your healing. God is in the business of healing!! 3 John 2 Not sure of your diet but lots of raw organic vegetables, and a cut back of sugar is a good idea! Be sure and get an aloe plant. I also take a tablespoon of vinegar in 8 oz of water ever day. 1 Peter 2:24 To your health Vanessa I’m believing with you!!

  3. Elaine says:

    Thank you for sharing your success with ACV. Our 5 year old daughter developed GA a year ago, and steroid shots were not a long term solution. We apply a cotton ball soaked in ACV to a GA spot whenever they pop up, hold it in place with medical tape and leave it there over night for about 3-4 nights. Scabs form and the GA goes away. So thankful for this natural solution. I haven’t yet made her drink the ACV but want to see what that would do. We have spent the past year pursuing every possible cause of GA and our daughter has come up with an otherwise clean bill of health. Thankful for that of course but frustrating not to have a “cause”. Anyway, just writing to say thanks for sharing your ACV success!

    • Rick says:

      Hi Elaine,
      Thanks for your message, I’m believing your daughter gets totally healed. There’s No telling where it comes from.. My best guess it is related to diet or allergens. Those two things could be a cause even with a doctors clean bill of health. Have a great day and I’ll be praying for your daughter.

    • Gracen says:

      I, too, wonder what made my 5 year old develop it. We moved to Dallas several months before it developed, so maybe it’s in the air. His diet didn’t change, so I don’t know. I really wish I knew what it was.

  4. Ginny says:

    I have been taking 1 oz of ACV in water with a little sweetener for 2 months now, and my granuloma is finally starting to fade and flake off. It takes patience-this is not an overnight remedy, but anything that will take care of this awful disfiguring disease is worth waiting for.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I am in tears right now reading this. I’ve battled this for almost 15 years, (I’m 29). I’m a firm believe in God and His word and have been praying and researching and praying and researching a cure to this horrible disease. I can’t wait to go get this apple cider vinegar and try this remedy. Just left the state fair and purchased dead sea salts for the fungus, they said it would work. I will try anything at this point. Had you used the dead sea salt remedy before? Thanks so much for sharing your story. Your faithfulness and love for the Lord shows. God Bless You!

    • Rick says:

      Actually we used the sea salts for other skin issues that my son had (not granuloma annulare), but eventually took him to a natural skin care healer. I honestly believe granuloma annulare could be diet related to an extent. Keeping our bodies alkaline I believe has to be important. I still drink two tablespoons of vinegar in 6-8 ounces of water most every day. Putting the aloe on the G.A. spot help my skin heal quicker I’m believing with you God Will Heal YOU!! 1 Peter 2:25 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. Notice that it’s already been done by Jesus Christ. It was done when he was resurrected. Please be sure and let me know how your healing goes.

  6. Jim says:

    I love how all the credit goes to God, but he did an internet search and went to the Doctor. The internet is a product of science, Religion seeks to destroy and undermine Science in the classroom with religious non-sense, you don’t have an internet to do a google search on without the scientific method, nor will you have your cake and eat it too.

    But believing in God is just fine, but give credit to the hard work and intense thinking minds that had to battle religion kicking and screaming into the modern age, out the witch burnings of ignorance, the crusades and inquisitions and putting Galieleo in Jail for see that in fact the Earth was not the center of the Universe, but man articles like this are agonizing!

    • Rick says:

      Actually religion does not seek to destroy science. Where science agrees with the Word of God then it is accurate, where it contradicts the Word of God it is inaccurate. I’m talking about the Word of God here sir, not religious fanatics. This article has helped quite a few people. If it is agonizing for you I’m sorry. It wasn’t written for the unbeliever it was written for people who want to believe God for results. If you don’t want to believe in God that is your choice.

  7. Gracen says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. My 5 year old has it on his foot and on his legs. The ones on his legs are spreading and it’s bothering me as we head into “shorts weather”. I have tried EVERYTHING even the vinegar, but I wasn’t leaving it on. I was just dabbing it. I will go buy more tonight and start the 20 minutes a night after his baths when his pores are open. Please pray for his healing. I will be praying too.

    • Rick says:

      I will absolutely pray for him! Remember God’s Word say All things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing ye shall recieve- Matthew 21:22

      Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

      Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

      3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

      1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

      Psalm 30:2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
      Keep confessing and believing these promises until it comes to pass. God is the healer!!

  8. Lyn says:

    God is the only healer! There is no impossible for HIM. With what’s happening to my 3 year old son right now I can only turn to HIM and believe that my son will be heal. I am praying that HE will guide all the doctors, nurses and all the medical staff handling my son’s case. My sons is under evaluation for leprosy after our 2nd opinion for dermatologist, 1st dermatologist findings was GA…i have to seek another dermatologist as we had a long stressful story with the staff and even cannot talk to the dermatologist on the phone when needed. Our 1st meeting with the 2nd dermatologist they conduct another biopsy one for the head and body were the rashes are, my son also is suffering from alopecia due to this rashes i guess. And to our surprise the dermapathlogy and dermatologist came to us with a result of Leprosy and Skin TB. TB was ruled out after 3 days, he was negative from skin test. Now my poor boy condition was brought to a Hansen disease agency and been waiting for a long time (week of July 4 2013 everything was sent…1st and 2nd biopsy along with the other blood test). Every since the 2nd biopsy result we’ve been seeing an infectious disease doctor and in contact with the Hansen agency which is not in our state. Our doctor now also asked the hosp pathologist to read the biopsy slide and their pathologist also agree that it is more of GA because of the rashes appearance. We did a lot of test after the 2nd biopsy…saw a pediatric opthalmologist to check my son’s eye nerve and everything was ok. Our infectious disease dr also check his nerve by poking him with needle to make sure my sons still have sensation and he has. I’ve been to an emotional stress seeing my sons condition more especially the hair loss and was worried for other complication or internal organ damage if we dont know what was going on. Btw, the doctor put him on predisolone for 10 days and continue to decrease the dosage.he was out of that medicine last week but day before we finish the required dosage a rashes appeared again…now on arms and legs and the head is reddish with continue losing hair (circular spot). This Monday he was put on a fungal medicine and for observation if this will work although a fungus culture test was dome last week and have negative result. This morning we saw our infectious dr again and have a report from Hansen agency, leprosy is not ruled out yet though the 1st test that hansen did was negative they still have to do one more test and that will take them another week. After talking to my doctor and while sitting and waiting for everybody for an answer…as per my research and our doctor also believes that my son doesnt have leprosy…he doesnt even have any sign/symptons of leprosy. Still searching and saw your post about apple cider vinegar…i will try it…i always believe on a natural medicine Please let me know whatelse can i do rather than putting a 3 year old on different medication. My son is active, still the same appetite…still an energetic boy even with the rashes…i am bothered with whats going on seeing his body full of rashes and hair loss. Thank you for your post and everybody here. Ill keep you posted

    • Rick says:

      Hi Lyn,
      I am so sorry to hear about your son and the health issues he is having having! I’m a firm believer in God as the healer, and would recommend you find some verses from God’s Word that you can confess and claim. III John 2 is a good one- Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospers. 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Pray and believe without doubt and God has to heal him for you. The Bible says in Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. I am in agreement with you for his healing it shall be done.

      Next I would check into a natural diet, I firmly believe that diet can often be attributed to health and skin issues. Sugar is a major cause of health issues along with gluten and sodas, including diet sodas etc. Aspartame (in diet soda) is not good for health. You may want to consider getting a good quality juicer, and I would recommend getting the book The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing by Jay Kordich. It is odd how some people can just seem to eat whatever they want and it doesn’t seem to bother them, but others are much more sensitive to food related health issues. Unfortunately doctors get paid for writing prescriptions for big Pharma so most of them do not believe in natural healing. There is no money in the natural health field for most doctors. There are some natural doctors like Doctor Joseph Mercola who sell natural products online. Sadly the natural health field can get quite expensive. I would suggest you study and come with what will work for you in the natural diet field accoding to your budget. You do what you believe is best by the five senses and expect God to facillitate the healing.



      • Sabrina says:

        Hi Rick!!! Words cannot describe how happy I am while reading what you wrote. I am from Guatemala and doctors here tried everything they could to help me. I spent quite a lot of money on creams, antibiotics, pills, teas, you name it! I’ve read about the apple cider vinegar and tonight is my first night. I have granuloma annulare for a year and a half and I’m praying to God that this will be the last method. In Guatemala we do not have Bragg just Heinz, but my boyfriend will be traveling to the US this month and will try to bring some Bragg. Please pray for me. I’m only applying it overnight on my hands and legs, I also have it all over my face, but I think I may want to wait for the brand you mentioned before applying and drinking Heinz.

        Thanks for your support and prayers.

        • Rick says:

          The Heinz will probably work just fine!! If there is a plant nursery in Guatemala see if you can get an aloe plant. Aloe really helps in the healing process. If you cannot find a plant I would imagine you can find aloe lotion at a drug store. I am praying for you Sabrina!! Here are two verse I like to confess and claim when I am believing for healing. 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. By Christs stripes it has already been done in his crucifixion and resurrection. 3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
          God’s will is for you to be healed! It absolutely will be done for you.

          You may want to take a look at your diet. Drinking lots of soda is not good. Anything with aspartame or aminosweet is not good. If you can; cut back on processed foods and get more organic. Drink plenty of water!

          God Bless, Rick

  9. Sheila Swan says:

    Hi Rick, I read your post with great interest. I too have GA, confirmed with a biopsy. I was also prescribed Clobetasol with no effect. I’ve tried various home remedies including hydrogen peroxide, which gave me a deep internal stinging feeling after a few minutes, strangely relieving, but there was no improvement. I also tried the apple cider vinegar (ACV), applied to gauze and placed it on the skin but did not leave the gauze on for the recommended 20 minutes. I do not believe in coincidences, me finding your post and reading your advise was not an accident. After leaving the ACV on longer I noticed a dramatic improvement. I bought an aloe Vera plant months ago and applied it back then, not realizing this was the second step.

    • Rick says:

      Shiela, I am believing this works for you. Remember God is the healer and he cares about every detail of your life.
      3 John 2 Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospers
      Mind you I am not an expert on GA, I just know the ACV and the Aloe helped me. Not sure of your diet but I believe it
      plays a roll in this skin issue also! You have a great day and keep me posted!!

  10. Kim says:

    Hi Rick,

    I’ve read and re-read this article so many times over the past few months.
    I’ve been drinking apple cider vinegar every morning for about a month and a half now. Slowly my fingers seem to be improving, but one is looking really terrible. By terrible I mean it has opened into a deep gash and is so painful.

    I’m using aloe lotion (97% pure) on it in the evenings, but what I’m wondering is if this is normal for it to peel/split right open like an open wound before it heals?


    • Rick says:

      Hi Kim,
      Have you been putting the vinegar right on the granuloma or are you only taking the vinegar by drinking it? I was putting the vinegar right on the granuloma with a cotten ball saturated with vinegar. I would hold it on there for a while each night. The vinegar burned while I held it on the spot. Eventually it started oozing a clear puss like fluid which is when I stopped putting the vinegar on it and began putting aloe directly from a piece of my aloe plant. It scabbed over and when the scab came off I was done.

  11. Mandy says:

    I’ve had this since I was 8. It has come an gone my whole life, but now it has broken out really bad. It never bothered me much before, but it does now. I’m so thankful I found your blog!

    • Rick says:

      I am believing and praying with you that this heals! I have been looking into alkaline water and found something that may help also.

  12. Lovekesh says:

    Dear Rick,
    Thanks for this post. We are Indians living in Oman. My son is 12 years old and he has GA for over 2 years now. Its irritating to say the least. We have tried countless things including Homeopathy, natural foods, diet management as well as Ayurveda but so far no effect. We have also done ACV in the past, but not long enough the way you have described.

    Your blog is new hope, we will try this. We have lots of aloe plants in the house and generally prefer to eat organic, no sodas. We are also vegetarian and also actively monitor his sugar intake. We strongly believe in Karma and really believe that we are about to get rid of this. Its just that God hasnt yet showed us the right way.

    Thank you

    • Rick says:

      I am believing this works for you! God is Good! Mathew 21:22 is a great verse, and Mark 11:23-24. Thank God in the name of Jesus Christ he is healed! I am praying and believing with you!

  13. Latitia says:

    Hi, I have had my GA for 4yrs now. Also wrnt to a dermatologist. Gave me cortorzon cream, which never helped. I have tried putting spirits on it as well. No luck. I must admit I drank ACC for a long time with honey. Never helped. I never put it on my skin though. Maybe I will try I. I have a whole cluster behind both ears, coming into the neck. My arms are covered, both legs, tummy, boobs and buttocks. It is so embarrassing.

  14. Mari says:

    I also have Granuloma Annulare for about 7 years I’ve tryed a lot of creams and stuff but after seeing this about the Braggs Vinegar I think it is worth the try using it .. I’m tired of this disease thank you Rick as well please pray for me ..

  15. Rick says:

    I absolutely will pray for you. Remember this, God sent Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and your healing. 1 Peter 2:24 says- Who his own self bear our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness by whose stripes ye were healed. The Bible says in Matthew 21:22 And all things whatsoever ye shal ask in prayer believing ye shall receive. It is important that you confess positives about your situation. Any time you think about this disease confess that God is healing you. It has been already done in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

    In Luke 8:43-48 a woman with an issue of blood for 12 years who had spent all that she had without getting healed, believed that if she touched Jesus Christ’s garment she would be healed. When she touched his garment she was healed instantly. Jesus told her in verse 48 that her faith (believing) made her whole. My prayer- Heavenly Father I thank you that Mari is healed and perfectly healthy, with clear skin in the name Of Jesus Christ.

    I would also suggest that you get an aloe plant to help in the healing.

    God Bless,

  16. Mari says:

    Thank you Rick I have a plant of aloe .GBU

  17. Julia says:

    Hello Rick,
    I give God all the Praise, Honor and Glory above all things for through Christ Jesus I am set free and by HIS stripes I am healed!!! Thank You Jesus!!
    I’ve been dealing with GA for several years, using various creams as others before me. I found this blog the first week of May, 2016. I had already been drinking Bragg’s ACV once a day for a couple of years and started using it with cotton balls on my GA, after reading this wonderful blog. A friend gave me a bottle of Heinz ACV, wow. I drank it once, it was much stronger than Bragg’s. I decided to use the Heinz on my GA. The GA was on my right elbow, another near my left elbow, one on the top of my finger, and a small one on my thigh. The small one was gone in 2 days without any signs left it was there. The other spots I mentioned when I put the Heinz ACV on it, by the 2nd or 3rd time I could feel the burn. It’s Florida hot and I’m tired of wearing long sleeves to hide these places that embarrass me so and then sweating so much in public.
    I could not believe what I saw the larger places on and near my elbows did after several ”treatments” with Heinz ACV. The raised bumps changed from raised light pinkish GA to dark brown scabs, level with my skin. I never used my aloe, for they only drained a small amount of clear fluids, which I kept covered in bandages till it stopped within 2-3 days. I still have one larger spot thats gonna take a few more treatments with the ACV, but after putting creams, ointments on it for years, the burning sensation with the ACV is worth it to me, to get rid of this strange thing called GA. My finger that I treated the 1st time 6 days ago, is now very small mark with dry skin peeling from around it. I dont rush the peeling I let it do so on its own. Or in the Lord’s timing is how I’m being healed.
    Thank you again Rick, for sharing this very valuable information, for the transformation was swift and a welcomed blessing. I’m going to my dr today, I cant wait to share this info with him!
    I do not have a website or url. I just wanted to share and thank you, so others could be encouraged to try the ACV route. I will praise HIM in all things. He’s brought me a long way. I’m just blessed to be here now! God bless you richly.

  18. Rick says:

    I am so happy for you! You made my day!
    To God be the Glory!
    God bless you abundantly,


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