Definition

Grover's disease is a common skin disorder that is presented by itchy red spots on the trunk. It usually occurs in men over the age of forty.

Diagnosis

The disease starts sporadically, usually in itchy spots around the body especially the mid chest and back. Its symptoms include an itchy eruption, sometimes lasting from 10 to 12 months. Papulovesicles and papules are seen in the lower sternum, chest, arms, back, and thighs. The red spots may change in certain temperatures although there is no known pattern for this.

Treatment

Prescription strength cortisone creams are effective treatments for minor cases of Grover's disease. Tetracycline pills and Accutane are used to treat more severe eruptions and are taken for 1 to 3 months. Should those treatments fail or for extreme cases, antifungal pills, cortisone injections, and PUVA phototherapy treatments can help. A cream available in France, called Aloplastine, is effective in treating the itch as well as promoting faster healing. The cream contains Talc, Zinc Oxide, and Glycerol.

Symptoms

The cause of Grover's disease is unknown. The spots may sometimes appear for no reason.

Causes

The mere appearance of red spots are usually enough to make a diagnosis, although sometimes a shave skin biopsy is required.