Discover how to reduce the inflammation produced by granulomas with five nutritional guidelines and what natural therapies help eliminate these lesions.
WHAT IS AN ANGULAR GRANULOMA?
The granulomas skin may be defined as a chronic inflammatory reaction, in which live defensive cells (monocytes, macrophages, lymphocytes) with altered skin cells and hair growing and irrigate the area.
There are granulomas of various types: annular, telangiectatic, etc. The granuloma annulare is a skin disease consisting of a rash with reddish bumps arranged in a circle.
We could speak of a poorly resolved inflammatory response that manifests itself as a skin lesion that can persist for a long time or spontaneously disappear.
WHY DO GRANULOMAS APPEAR?
Its cause is related to external infectious agents (bacteria, fungi or viruses) or not (foreign bodies such as talc, plastic, silica), which the body tries to destroy.
What happens is that, having difficulty in doing so, it wraps this agent in a fibrous tissue rich in collagen, forming the granuloma. This isolates it and prevents the damaging agent from spreading beyond this area.
It generally occurs in people who are otherwise considered healthy. Occasionally, it can be associated with diabetes or thyroid disease.
WHAT SYMPTOMS DOES THE GRANULOMA HAVE?
It can cause mild itching and it is always advisable to rule out that it is not a mycosis.
HOW TO TREAT ANGULAR GRANULOMA?
It is possible that the granuloma does not require treatment, if it does not grow, itch excessively or change shape (in which case it is important to consult a doctor) unless there are cosmetic reasons. The majority of lesions of granuloma annulare disappear without treatment over a period of two years.
Sometimes, however, the rings can remain for many years. It is common for new rings to appear years later.
The conventional treatment is aimed at combating infection with antibiotics, when a causative microbial agent is identified, or to diminish the inflammatory response of the body with corticosteroids in other cases.
To speed up the lesions, very strong topical steroid creams or ointments are sometimes used.
The body hygiene is important to prevent possible skin infections. This does not mean that soaps or bath gels are abused, which can destroy part of the defensive microbial flora that colonizes our skin. Sunbathing is also beneficial.
DIET AND GRANULOMA: HOW TO AVOID CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
The naturopathic medicine offers several solutions to reduce inflammatory chronic conditions that may occur.
In addition, dietary measures are effective in avoiding chronic inflammation. If we take these measures into account, we will have a better chance of preventing or treating granuloma.
- We must avoid the excess of the following foods to control inflammation.
- Omega-6 fatty acids. It is known that an excess of omega-6 fatty acids, related to the abundant consumption of animal products (meat, dairy), promote inflammation.
- Refined products. The same happens with refined products (flour, sugar, industrial pastries) or acidifiers, such as sweetened beverages and cola.
- The gluten in today’s refined flours, modified by man, can also arouse a pro-inflammatory immune reaction. This is more difficult to happen with traditional flours such as spelled or kamut, which have been living with us for centuries.
- We must incorporate foods rich in omega-3to normalize the inflammatory response and we can prevent or treat granuloma.
- The algae.
- The nuts.
- The flax seeds.
- The chia seeds.
- For skin problems, foods rich in beta-carotene such as carrots, pumpkin, beets or spinach are always recommended…
- There are other foods and plants with anti-inflammatory properties that we can enhance in our diet such as:
- The ginger.
- The turmeric.
- Huang (Chinese rhubarb).
- Boswellia (frankincense tree) applied topically.
These plants, in addition to being able to be included in the diet, can be applied as a cream to the affected area. Consult with a specialist.
It can be useful, especially if the granulomas reappear, to perform cleansing cures with fasting or a vegan diet. If itching increases or appears during purification, and does not disappear in three days, naturism advises to interrupt the purifying diet or fasting and continue with a strict plant-based diet.
After a month the fast is repeated and the rest of the time is taken devil’s claw, in periods of 25 days and resting for three.
HOMEOPATHY FOR GRANULOMAS
Although it is difficult to recommend a homeopathic medicine without observing the granulomatous lesion, for guidance purposes, locally a homeopathic ointment can be used, which can be ordered at the pharmacy: Thuya 4 CH Ointment. It is applied to the injury twice a day. This ointment is also useful for small warts and plantar warts.
Berberis vulgaris 7 CH is recommended for dry eczema and ring-shaped granulomas. 3-5 granules are given twice a day. As the main remedy for proliferations such as polyps, warts or eczema, acnes and boils, it may be useful to take a tube-dose of globules every Sunday at 15 CH or 30 CH until symptoms improve (a suitable period would be about 3 months) .