Ichthyosis

Ichthyosis is a scaly, dry skin disorder of various types. Many cases are genetic diseases but also possible is acquired ichthyosis. Ichthyosis needs to be differentiated from the many other conditions that may cause dry skin or scaly skin (e.g. eczema, psoriasis). Read more about: Dry skin ...

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Introduction: Ichthyosis

Ichthyosis is a family of disorders characterized by dry or scaly and thickened skin. “Ichthy” comes from the Greek word for fish. This condition is called “ichthyosis” because the thickened skin sometimes has the appearance of fish scales. Ichthyosis may ...1

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Symptoms of Ichthyosis

What Are the Signs and Symptoms? Specific signs and symptoms depend on the particular form. The most common signs include dry scaly skin, redness, blistering, or excessive skin shedding. Symptoms include itching, overheating, and pain. ...Source: NIAMS (NIH)2 ...

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Complications of Ichthyosis

Severe ichthyosis They may have the following problems:

  • overheating - as a result of a reduced ability to sweat
  • limited movement - dry skin can make it too painful to move certain parts of the body
  • skin infection - after cracking and splitting ...
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Causes of Ichthyosis

Acquired ichthyosis may occur as the result of medical problems including hormonal, inflammatory, or malignant disorders. ...Source: NIAMS (NIH)3 ...

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Causes List for Ichthyosis

Some possible causes of Ichthyosis or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Ichthyosis

Ichthyosis may be either inherited or acquired. Inherited ichthyosis is usually apparent during the first year of life, often at birth, and continues to affect a person throughout life. Acquired ichthyosis may occur as the result of medical problems including ...5

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Diagnosis of Ichthyosis

How Is Ichthyosis Diagnosed? The diagnosis is based on the results of a medical history and physical exam. In some cases, doctors use blood tests or skin biopsies to diagnose the condition or identify the particular form. ...Source: NIAMS (NIH) ...6

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Genetics of Ichthyosis

The faulty gene affects the rate at which the skin regenerates - either the shedding of old skin cells is too slow, or the skin cells reproduce at a much faster rate than they can shed old skin. ...Source: NHS Choices UK ...7

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Treatments: Ichthyosis

How Is Ichthyosis Treated? Because there is no cure for ichthyosis, treatment is targeted at managing the signs and symptoms. Treatment may include creams, lotions, or ointments to relieve dryness. Lengthy bathing in salt water or preparations containing salicylic acid ...8

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Research for Ichthyosis

What Research Is Being Done? Ichthyosis research is focused on understanding better the causes of the disorder, as well as finding more effective treatments. Although the genes responsible for the majority of ichthyosis cases have been identified, there are still ...9

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Names and Terminology

“Ichthy” comes from the Greek word for fish. This condition is called “ichthyosis” because the thickened skin sometimes has the appearance of fish scales. Source ...10

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References

  1. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Ichthyosis/ default.asp
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Ichthyosis/ default.asp
  6. ibid.
  7. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ ichthyosis/ 
  8. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Ichthyosis/ default.asp
  9. ibid.
  10. ibid.

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