Ichthyosis is a condition that causes widespread and persistent thick, dry,"fish-scale" skin.
There are at least 20 different types of ichthyosis. Some types are inherited at birth and other types are acquired during adulthood.
There's no cure for ichthyosis, but a daily skincare routine usually keeps the symptoms mild and manageable.
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Find out about ichthyosis, a condition that causes widespread and persistent thick, dry, "fish-scale" skin.
Most people with ichthyosis have inherited a particular faulty gene from their parent. The signs and symptoms of inherited ichthyosis appear at birth or within the first year of life. The faulty gene
Ichthyosis vulgaris is the most common type of inheritedichthyosis, affecting1 in 250-1,000 people. Signs and symptomsinclude: skin may appear normal at birth skin gradually becomes dry, rough and
Other inherited forms ofichthyosis are very rare and include: X-linked ichthyosis only affects males and includes general scaling, particularly over the limbs and trunk (torso) congenital ichthyo
Acquired ichthyosis tends to develop in adulthood and isn't inherited. It's usually associated with another condition, such as: an underactive thyroid kidney disease sarcoidosis a rare condition
There's no cure for ichthyosis, butmoisturising and exfoliating the skin daily can help prevent dryness, scaling and the build-up of skin cells. Skincare Your skin specialist (dermatologist) will be
People with mild ichthyosis have a normal lifespan. However,the most severe inherited types can be life threatening. If you have inherited ichthyosis, you'll have it for life. Acquired ichthyosis may