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Grover’s disease, also called transient acantholytic dermatosis, is a skin condition that commonly affects middle-aged to elderly Caucasian men. It affects women as well but to a lesser extent. 


It comes in the form of a rash with numerous small pink scaly bumps on the chest, abdomen, and back. Sometimes, the rash can be itchy.


The exact cause of Grover’s disease is unknown; however, it may be due to heat and sweat blocking the sweat glands. Sunlight, eczema, dry skin, and skin infections by bacteria or fungus are other possible causes.


Several medications can be helpful for treating symptoms:

  • Topical steroids 
  • Topical calcipotriol and calcipotriene medications
  • Oral antibiotic or antifungal medications
  • Isotretinoin, in rare cases 

Skin moisturizers may help with itchiness and dry skin

Phototherapy using narrowband ultraviolet light (type B) may be helpful

The following practices may help lessen the symptoms of Grover's: 

  • Avoid warm environments, as sweating may cause more bumps
  • Avoid clothing that traps heat and sweat