Grover’s disease is identified by itchy red spots that appear on the upper chest and back. This rash can persist for months and never reoccur, or it can appear on and off for a number of years.
Typically these rashes occur in men who have spent a great deal of time in the sun. Medical researchers believe that Grover’s disease is caused by sweat gland blockages in the skin’s upper layers. However, a deeper understanding of the causes of Grover’s disease is still relatively mysterious. One persistent risk factor is dry skin. As well, the disorder can be aggravated during the winter months when extreme temperatures can activate the disease.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Grover’s disease. Most frequently, antifungal creams, antihistamines and corticosteroid injections are used to treat breakouts. In more severe cases, phytotherapy is recommended. Hydrocortisone topical cream in conjunction with cortisone pills is a management strategy that has had some demonstrated success. The rash frequently will return it as soon as the cortisone pills are stopped.
A mixture of sandalwood powder and water can create a relieving paste. As well you can also try mixing rosewater with sandalwood powder. This will help to reduce your irritation and itching, which causes the rash to become even worse and potentially begin bleeding.
It’s best to try to stay in shady and cool places if you are predisposed to this chronic disorder. As well, try wearing loose-fitting clothing to decrease perspiration buildup. Avoiding strenuous activity can also help you to reduce sweating. Taking a cold shower after activity will enable you to keep your sweat ducts open, avoiding blockages that are aggravating to the disorder.
That said, everyone’s experience with Grover’s disease seems to be different, and treatments that work for one person may not work for the other. Probably the best thing that you can do is to consult with a physician, get a diagnosis, and begin experimenting with different treatment options. Try some of the options that we have outlined in the article above in conjunction with whatever your physician recommends you do to treat this chronic condition.