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: 14 Jan 2013

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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: 14 Jan 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Ichthyosis" returned 227 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

X-linked ichthyosis.
 

Author(s): Anirban Das, Vivek Mishra

Journal: Indian Pediatr. 2014 Aug;51(8):678.

 

Last Updated: 18 Aug 2014

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Successful topical adapalene treatment for the facial lesions of an adolescent case of epidermolytic ichthyosis.
 

Author(s): Mariko Ogawa, Masashi Akiyama

Journal: J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.. 2014 Sep;71(3):e103-5.

 

Last Updated: 16 Aug 2014

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Prevalence and risk factors of vitamin D deficiency in inherited ichthyosis: a French prospective observational study performed in a reference center.
 

Author(s): Flora Frascari, Isabelle Dreyfus, Lauriane Rodriguez, Isabelle Gennero, Khaled Ezzedine, Jean-Pierre Salles, Juliette Mazereeuw-Hautier

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To date, few studies have investigated serum vitamin D status in patients with inherited ichthyosis. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency (defined as serum level <10 ng/mL) in a French cohort of patients and to identify associated risk factors.

Last Updated: 30 Sep 2014

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The terms "Ichthyosis" returned 14 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Ichthyosis in the newborn.
 

Author(s): Brittany G Craiglow

Journal: Semin. Perinatol.. 2013 Feb;37(1):26-31.

 

The ichthyoses encompass a variety of genetic disorders marked by abnormal epidermal differentiation. The neonatal period is critical for patients with ichthyosis because of the risk for significant associated morbidity and mortality, with the majority of complications arising as ...

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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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: 20 Mar 2015

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A Study of Topical NS2 Cream to Treat Ichthyosis in Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome (SLS)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 25 Mar 2015

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