Hi everyone! This is my first post, sharing some info. I look forward to participating in a forum where people can relate to what it's like to have an ugly skin condition!
I have had GA since my early 20's (I'm 36 now). It has gotten worse with each pregnancy/birth. I finally tried the very strong steroid creme - this may be the generic name, but - clobetasol propionate cream, USP, 0.05%. I used it twice a day for a couple of months, until it started burning my skin so I stopped. But then, a few days later, the rings disappeared! Now, a few months later, it just looks like a tan area on my ankles, like I used too much fake tanner there, but hey, it's so much better than the rings!
Here's something else: I have just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. According to web sites I've seen on GA, thyroid disorders can be linked to GA. My hypo symptoms have been around since my mid-teen years but have worsened after each of my 2 babies were born, especially since my last, 3 years ago. This is also when my GA has been at its worst ever. I am now on synthroid, and I am curious to see what happens with the GA as my hypo gets cured. Are any of you other GA sufferers also hypothyroid or suffer symptoms of hypo but have not been diagnosed? FYI, although my TSH test came back "normal" last year, a FULL panel & ultrasound this year finally revealed the problem.