Potential Cure For Grover's DiseaseMy first outbreak of Grover's was in 2003, although at the time, the dermatologists didn't seem to know what was causing my rash and fierce itching. In 2005 a dermatologist in Olympia Washington diagnosed me as having Grover's disease. If you have it, then you don't need an explanation of how diabolical the itching can be. I was given topical steroids to temporarily reduce the itching, but I stili had many sleepless nights.
About 30 years ago I developed a rash across my shoulders and acroos the top of my back. My dermatologist referred to it as cold weather excema (spelling?). Last February I began wondering if there was a connection between lack of sunlight or vitamin D and the onset of Grover's. I began tanning bed sessions, and then began taking vitamin D tablets. I have not had an outbreak since early February and this is now the end of May.
I reported my findings to the New England Medical Journal and asked them to run a copy of my lletter in their journal, but they felt it was inappropriate. I have also written to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, but have had no repsonse as of yet. I am posting this message as a way to get the word out to those persons suffering from Grover's in hopes that they might at least try my suggestion. It's totally benign and the worst that could happen is that there will be no effect on your Grover's.
I welcome your comments.
Richard (****) Walker