Penis Rash From Granuloma Annulare (What?)

Men with a genuine interest in penis health inspect their treasured equipment on a regular basis. This better enables them to have a “baseline” idea of what their healthy penis looks like and to more quickly notice when anything has changed. For example, a daily inspection can help them determine if a new penis rash has emerged, so that they might go through the process of identifying it (alone or, as is often the case, with the aid of a doctor) and determining how to best treat it. There can be a wide range of possible causes of a simple penis rash, not all of which are common knowledge. For example, in some rare cases, a penis rash may result from a little-known condition called granuloma annulare.

About granuloma annulare

As mentioned above, granuloma annulare is little-known, largely because it is fairly rare. And good news for men – it is more common in women and also more common in children. However, that doesn’t mean that adult males cannot acquire the disease.

Also, it should be noted with relief that granuloma annulare is much more commonly found on hands, feet, elbows or joints instead of on the penis. That said, it can and has appeared on the penis in numerous cases – either localized entirely in the area or as part of a much wider-spread rash that encompasses a large swath of the body.

Granuloma annulare presents as small reddish bumps on the skin. Often the bumps form a circle. Although they start out very small, over time the bumps may grow until they are about the size of a quarter. When they grow and expand, they can develop a kind of ridged look around the edges and a paler look in the middle; this tends to give them an appearance similar to that of ringworm or jock itch.

In some cases, granuloma annulare may present subcutaneously, meaning under the skin. In such cases, the bumps push the skin outward but remain under rather than on top of the skin.

Not harmful

Luckily, granuloma annulare is not dangerous. Some people find that the rash may burn or may itch, but it is essentially benign.

Its exact cause is not really known, although it does seem to involve some form of dermatological hypersensitivity. People with diabetes or thyroid issues are somewhat more likely to contract it, as are those with autoimmune disorders like Lupus, Lymne disease or rheumatoid arthritis. However, even people who are otherwise healthy come down with the condition.


Technically, no treatment is needed since the rash is harmless and creates no significant physical distress, and because it eventually resolves on its own. However, it can take as long as two years for the condition to resolve on its own. And because the itchiness can be annoying and the appearance of the penis rash can raise eyebrows, many men seek treatment.

The most common treatment option involves the use of corticosteroids, including one which is a derivative of vitamin A. (Some natural medicine specialists recommend topical application of vitamin A itself.) Freezing the bumps off is also an option recommended by some doctors, as is light therapy. In extreme cases, antibiotics may be employed.

A penis rash like granuloma annulare is often accompanied by dry penis skin, so regular use of a first rate penis health oil (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil , which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) should be routine. Seek out oils which feature a combination of a high end emollient (like shea butter) and a natural hydrator (like vitamin ) to give added moisturizing capability. The chosen oil should also contain vitamin A, which is blessed with anti-bacterial properties that may come in handy.