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Grovers Disease - Symptoms and Treatment

Grover's disease is a common skin disease affecting women or younger people and is characterised by small red, bumpy spots (papules) on the central back, mid chest most often in older men. Once confirmed, most cases of Grover's disease last six to twelve months. Occasionally it may persist for longer. Cortisone pills clear it up temporarily, but the rash returns as soon as the drug is stopped. Treatment often seems unsatisfactory. The most important thing is to remain cool, as further sweating will induce more itchy spots. A mild topical steroid such as hydrocortisone in a cool lotion can be applied frequently to the affected areas and result in relief. Sometimes, Grover's disease can be complicated by the development of dermatitis. The cause of Grover's is unknown But it also may arise in quite dry skin. Many affected individuals are sun damaged.

Grover's Disease is basically a skin disease typical to youth, i.e truncal, discrete pruritic papulovesicles and papules often in elderly or middle-aged person, but Grover's Disease may occur to the people at any age. Although frequently itchy, it may cause no symptoms. Grovers's disease may be triggered by bed rest. Grover's Disease is mainly seen in males over the age of forty. Grover's disease has a characteristic appearance under the microscope. It is probably caused by blocked sweat ducts and is treated with air conditioning. Grover's disease often starts quite suddenly. It results in very itchy spots on the central back, mid chest and occasionally elsewhere. Frequently, it follows sweating or some unexpected heat stress.

Causes of Grovers Disease

Common Causes of Grovers Disease :

  • The cause is unknown.
  • Sometimes the rash is associated with sun exposure, heat and sweating.
  • Usually occurs in white men over 40 years of age.

Symptoms of Grovers Disease

Some common Symptoms of Grovers Disease :

  • Slight bleeding.
  • Itchy red spots occurs on the trunk.
  • Small, firm, raised red lesions on the skin.

Treatment of Grovers Disease

  • Corticosteroid creams and ointments.
  • Applying talc baby powder.
  • Isotretinoin and dapsone have been found to be beneficial in some cases; but are generally no required.
  • Topical steroids may be beneficial.
  • Avoidance of heat and heavy exercise can help control the rash.








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