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Ichthyosis is a family of dermatological conditions. Its literal translation is "fish skin", since people with ichthyosis have scaly skin which can vaguely resemble the scales of a fish. The conditions are caused by genetic abnormalities.

The term ichthyosis is sometimes used to mean the specific condition ichthyosis vulgaris.


Some types of ichthyosis include:

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Treatments for ichthyosis often take the form of topical application of creams and oils, in an attempt to hydrate the skin. Retinoids are also used for some conditions.

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