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:
- Ichthyosis vulgaris
- Ichthyosis lamellaris
- X-linked ichthyosis
- Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis
- Ichthyosis acquisita
- Harlequin type ichthyosis
- Netherton's syndrome
- Sj?ren-Larsson syndrome
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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