Ichthyosis

Common Name(s)

Ichthyosis

Ichthyosis is an umbrella term used to describe the many forms of inherited skin disorders in which dead skin cells accumulate in thick, dry scales on your skin's surface. Types of ichthyoses are classified by their appearance and their genetic cause. Ichthyosis vulgaris, accounts for 95% of all ichthyosis cases. Sometimes, mild cases of ichthyosis go undiagnosed because they're mistaken for extremely dry skin. Also, sometimes, other skin diseases, such as the allergic skin condition eczema, are associated with ichthyosis. Exposure to sunlight may improve or worsen the condition. In some cases, excess dead skin sheds much better from wet tanned skin after bathing or a swim, although the dry skin might be preferable to the damaging effects of sun exposure.

There is no cure for ichthyosis. The main goal of treatment is to moisturize and exfoliate. This helps prevent dryness, scaling, cracking and build-up of skin.

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Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, Inc.

The Foundation's mission is to educate, inspire, and connect those touched by ichthyosis and related disorders through emotional support, information, advocacy and research funding for better treatments and eventual cures.

Last Updated: 15 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Ichthyosis" for support, advocacy or research.

Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, Inc.

The Foundation's mission is to educate, inspire, and connect those touched by ichthyosis and related disorders through emotional support, information, advocacy and research funding for better treatments and eventual cures.

http://www.firstskinfoundation.org

Last Updated: 15 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Ichthyosis" returned 213 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Frequent somatic reversion of KRT1 mutations in ichthyosis with confetti.
 

Author(s): Keith A Choate, Yin Lu, Jing Zhou, Peter M Elias, Samir Zaidi, Amy S Paller, Anita Farhi, Carol Nelson-Williams, Debra Crumrine, Leonard M Milstone, Richard P Lifton

Journal: J. Clin. Invest.. 2015 Apr;125(4):1703-7.

 

Widespread reversion of genetic disease is rare; however, such events are particularly evident in some skin disorders in which normal clones develop on a background of affected skin. We previously demonstrated that mutations in keratin 10 (KRT10) cause ichthyosis with confetti (IWC), ...

Last Updated: 2 Apr 2015

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Burden of inherited ichthyosis: a French national survey.
 

Author(s): Isabelle Dreyfus, Céline Pauwels, Emmanuelle Bourrat, Anne-Claire Bursztejn, Annabel Maruani, Christine Chiaverini, Aude Maza, Stéphanie Mallet, Didier Bessis, Sébastien Barbarot, Khaled Ezzedine, Pierre Vabres, Juliette Mazereeuw-Hautier

Journal: Acta Derm. Venereol.. 2015 Mar;95(3):326-8.

 

Moderate to severe ichthyosis is known to have a significant impact on quality of life. A French national survey was performed to describe in more detail how ichthyosis impacts the patients' lives. A questionnaire specifically dedicated to ichthyosis was distributed to patients followed ...

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2015

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Aberrant connexin26 hemichannels underlying keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness syndrome are potently inhibited by mefloquine.
 

Author(s): Noah A Levit, Caterina Sellitto, Hong-Zhan Wang, Leping Li, Miduturu Srinivas, Peter R Brink, Thomas W White

Journal: J. Invest. Dermatol.. 2015 Apr;135(4):1033-42.

 

Keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome is an ectodermal dysplasia caused by dominant mutations of connexin26 (Cx26). Loss of Cx26 function causes nonsyndromic sensorineural deafness, without consequence in the epidermis. Functional analyses have revealed that a majority of KID-causing ...

Last Updated: 19 Mar 2015

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The terms "Ichthyosis" returned 15 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Annular epidermolytic ichthyosis: a rare phenotypic variant of bullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma.
 

Author(s): Aditi Jha, Jitender Taneja, V Ramesh, Avninder Singh

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;81(2):194-7.

 

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2015

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Role of cholesterol sulfate in epidermal structure and function: lessons from X-linked ichthyosis.
 

Author(s): Peter M Elias, Mary L Williams, Eung-Ho Choi, Kenneth R Feingold

Journal: Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 2014 Mar;1841(3):353-61.

 

X-linked ichthyosis is a relatively common syndromic form of ichthyosis most often due to deletions in the gene encoding the microsomal enzyme, steroid sulfatase, located on the short area of the X chromosome. Syndromic features are mild or unapparent unless contiguous genes are affected. ...

Last Updated: 25 Feb 2014

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Detection of the STS gene in a family with X-linked recessive ichthyosis.
 

Author(s): Na Wang, Kun An, Hong Liu, Xi'an Fu, Gongqi Yu, Yongxiang Yu, Hongqing Tian, Furen Zhang

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;79(2):268.

 

Last Updated: 27 Feb 2013

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Prospective Evaluation of Infants and Children With Congenital Ichthyosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ichthyosis

 

Last Updated: 19 Jan 2016

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Treatment of the Recessive Nonbullous Congenital Ichthyosis by the Epigallocatechine Cutaneous
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Lamellar Ichthyosis

 

Last Updated: 15 Oct 2010

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Studies of Skin Microbes in Healthy People and in People With Skin Conditions
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Atopic Dermatitis; Eczema; Ichthyosis Vulgaris

 

Last Updated: 3 Jun 2015

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