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Ichthyosis Overview

What is ichthyosis?
A person with ichthyosis has an inherited illness that causes very dry, scaly skin. The skin changes most commonly affect the legs, but the hands, arms and trunk also may be affected. In the US, about 1 out of 300 people have ichthyosis. In most cases, the symptoms can be controlled with treatment.

What are the symptoms of ichthyosis?
Symptoms of ichthyosis may include dry, scaly skin that most commonly involves the legs and arms. Ichthyosis is usually worse in the winter and in a dry climate.

How does the doctor treat ichthyosis?
Treatment for ichthyosis includes moisturizing creams and lotions. Ichthyosis may also be treated with medications, such as tretinoin, tazarotene, and ammonium lactate.

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Last Updated: Oct 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Ichthyosis References
  1. Caceres-Rios H, Tamayo-Sanchez L, Duran-Mckinster C, de la Luz Orozco M, Ruiz-Maldonado R. Keratitis, ichthyosis, and deafness (KID syndrome): review of the literature and proposal of a new terminology. Pediatr Dermatol. 1996 Mar-Apr;13(2):105-13. [9122065]
  2. DiGiovanna JJ, Robinson-Bostom L. Ichthyosis: etiology, diagnosis, and management. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2003;4(2):81-95. [12553849]
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