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I have acquired ichthyosis on my breasts&back. Also, I've had night sweats, fatigue, a cough, & my neck is swollen on the right side. What's going on?
ICHTHYOSIS TYPES: This means "fish skin." dry, thick, scaly, or flaky skin. The various kinds include ichthyosis vulgaris, the most common kind. Others are lamellar ichthyosis, x-linked ichthyosis, bullous ichthyosis, congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, and others. Do see a dermatologist if you think you or a family member has it. ...Read more
No cure for it: Ichthyosis is a heterogeneous family of at least 28 generalized, mostly genetic skin disorders. All types of ichthyosis have dry, thickened, scaly or flaky skin. In many types there is cracked skin. Which is said to resemble the scales on a fish.There's no known cure for ichthyosis, so the goal of treatment is to manage the condition. Some time they have eye involments. ...Read more
The worst form: The features of the sufferers are severe cranial and facial deformities. The ears may be very poorly developed or absent, also the nose. The eyelids are severely everted , which leaves the eyes and the area around them very susceptible to infection. They often bleed upon birth. The lips, pulled by the dry skin, are fixed into a wide grimace .Arms, feet, and fingers are almost always deformed ...Read more
A challenge!: http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/harlequin-ichthyosis the above link is to a pretty good site that can explain this far better than i can in just 400 characters. I hope this helps you understand this rare condition. ...Read more
Harlequin ichytosis: This is a rare genetic disease which used to be a fatal disease. Today however, retinoids have been used with some degree of success. There is a national organization you can contact.Also you or your doctor can contact the national institute of health who may have a ongoing study on the disease. ...Read more
Genetic mutation: This is the most severe form of icthyosis, and is caused by a mutation in abca12 gene. ...Read more