Healing Granuloma Annulare
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.