What Is Sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis is a disease that causes localized inflammation in the body. These growths most commonly appear on the lungs and lymph nodes, but can also affect the eyes and skin. If this condition affects the skin, symptoms may include rashes, bumps and nodules. Sarcoidosis may develop gradually or quickly. It can be a difficult disease to diagnose with skin biopsies often aiding with this process.

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What Causes Sarcoidosis?

The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown, but the general consensus is that it results from the body’s immune system dysregulation. Some research suggests that infectious agents, chemicals, dust and potential autoimmune responses could be the cause of this issue for those who are genetically predisposed. To get an accurate diagnosis of this condition, a skin biopsy, eye exam, chest X-ray, or CT scan may be necessary. 

Topical Medications for Sarcoidosis

There is unfortunately no cure for cutaneous sarcoidosis, but most people do very well with topical treatments. In some individuals, intralesional treatment or systemic treatment may be necessary.

Treatment for this condition has to be ongoing in order to ensure health and proper management. At Helena Dermatology, we’re ready to provide you with the care and support you need to manage this concern. When you visit our center for the first time, we will work hard to give you an accurate diagnosis and explore treatment options. Subsequent visits with your PCP and your dermatologic provider will be needed to help you maintain your well-being in the long term. 


Sarcoidosis Treatments in Helena, MT

Helena Dermatology is here to provide you with the care and support you need. If you’ve noticed the appearance of rashes or growths on your skin, it’s important that you visit our center to get an accurate assessment and diagnosis. If sarcoidosis is found, we can provide you with a variety of treatment options. For expert dermatological care from our supportive staff, fill out the form below and schedule an appointment or give us a call at (406) 443-7200.

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