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Care for Skin Sarcoidosis

As part of NYU Langone’s Sarcoidosis Program, our dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin sarcoidosis. This inflammatory disorder, also known as cutaneous sarcoidosis, is diagnosed in about one-third of people who have sarcoidosis, and in the United States, most often affects Black women.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with one of our dermatologists trained in sarcoidosis, please call 212-263-5889.

Skin sarcoidosis causes abnormal clumps of immune cells, called granulomas, to form on the skin. They may appear as rashes, raised patches, or red or purple bumps, usually on the shins and ankles. In some cases, skin sarcoidosis can be more severe and cause sores or lesions on the face, which can affect your appearance and day-to-day life. Symptoms of skin sarcoidosis sometimes mimic those of other dermatologic conditions.

To diagnose skin sarcoidosis, our dermatologists conduct a skin exam and may recommend a biopsy. Treatment for skin sarcoidosis includes medications that are applied directly to the skin and others that are injected locally, on the affected area. Our doctors may also prescribe oral or injectable medications. We work with patients and multidisciplinary experts within the Sarcoidosis Program to develop an approach and care plan that is best suited to each patient’s needs.

Because sarcoidosis can affect multiple organs in addition to the skin, our dermatologists work in collaboration with pulmonologists, cardiologists, rheumatologists, nephrologists, neurologists, and other specialists to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you.

Make an Appointment

Our dermatologists can accommodate appointments for patients who need to be seen urgently. If you’re unable to find an appointment with one of our providers using online scheduling, please call us at 212-263-5889.