Natural Treatments for Grover’s Disease

Are there alternative cures for Grover’s disease?

What is Grover’s disease?

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.

What causes Grover’s disease?

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.

Common treatments for Grover’s 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.

Natural cures and treatments for Grover’s disease

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.

  • One of our favorite websites,, has an active discussion thread on Grover’s disease in which some users suggests applying virgin coconut oil after showering.
  • Another user comments that they have had success in treating the rash using a combination of enzymes as well as herbs like marshmallow root and papaya leaf. Another user commented that they have been managing the rashes by taking a daily teaspoon of Borage oil. This oil, she said, helps to deal with the itching as well as improving the texture of her skin, though the rash was still present.
  • In general, the consensus seems to be that steroid creams keep the rash at bay, but UV light treatments seem to be the most powerful way of treating Grover’s disease.

Prevention of Grover’s disease

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.

Final thoughts

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.