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Dr. Christopher Scott
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Ichthyosis (Overview)

Ichthyosis is a skin disorder that leads to dead skin cells accumulating in thick, dry scales on the skin's surface. This is hereditary and can range from mild to severe. Typically appears during early childhood.


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What kinds of ichthyosis can a child have?

What kinds of ichthyosis can a child have?

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

Dr. Christopher Scott
70 doctors shared insights

Ichthyosis (Overview)

Ichthyosis is a skin disorder that leads to dead skin cells accumulating in thick, dry scales on the skin's surface. This is hereditary and can range from mild to severe. Typically appears during early childhood.


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What are the symptoms of harlequin ichthyosis?

What are the symptoms of harlequin ichthyosis?

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

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Hello Doc ! my daughter she is 20 months old she has very dry skin the dermatologist diagnose as ichthyosis. i need proper treatment. Is it possible ?

Hello Doc ! my daughter she is 20 months old she has very dry skin the dermatologist diagnose as ichthyosis. i need proper treatment. Is it possible  ?

No known cure: for ichthyosis, so the goal of treatment is to manage the condition & includes prescription creams and ointments that contain acids that help control scaling and increase skin moisture.The following skin care tips may help: Apply lotions and creams to wet skin to trap in the moisture (within 3 minutes of showering/bathing) Rub gently a pumice stone on wet skin to help remove thickened crusty skin. Brush washed hair to remove scales from scalp. ...Read more

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An easy explanation as to what causes harlequin ichthyosis?

An easy explanation as to what causes harlequin ichthyosis?

Genetic mutation: This is the most severe form of icthyosis, and is caused by a mutation in abca12 gene. ...Read more

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How do they treat people with harlequin ichthyosis?

How do they treat people with harlequin ichthyosis?

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

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Can having IVF or any other treatment be helpful against ichthyosis?

DRY SKIN: Icthyosis, or "fish skin" is a genetic disease where people have very dry, scaling skin. It is not just dry skin from cold weather or from using harsh soaps. It can be improved by using certain chemicals on the skin, but cannot be cured and will be passed on to children. Like all other dry skin conditions, it is worse in cooler and dryer climates, and better when it is warm humid areas. ...Read more

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I have very dry skin on my shins. I moisturise with e45 cream ( I have tried others) & exfoliate but nothing will get rid of it. What can it be?

I have very dry skin on my shins. I moisturise with e45 cream ( I have tried others) & exfoliate but nothing will get rid of it. What can it be?

Ichthyosis: Possibly ichthyosis there are some particular moisturizers that you might try: cerave sa carmol 20 amlactin all are over the counter and can be quite helpful. Another good option for the shins if you can stand it, is to slather them with vaseline, cover up with tall socks, and sleep that way. Sometimes makes a dramatic difference overnight. ...Read more

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How can one stop ichthyosis?

Further Research and: Gene therapy , no body know if some day some body figure a way out of this disease or other.. ...Read more