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Alternate Names : Fish Scale Disease

Ichthyosis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Creams and ointments may reduce symptoms of ichthyosis. They are most effective when they are applied to wet skin right after bathing. Mild non-drying soaps should be used. Moisturizing creams that contain chemicals that help the skin to shed normally, such as lactic acid, salicylic acid, and urea, may also be used. In severe cases, oral medications known as systemic retinoids may be used.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

No side effects are likely to occur from topical treatment, but systemic retinoids must be carefully monitored for toxicity and side effects. These include liver toxicity, elevated blood lipids, excessive dryness, visual disturbances, joint and muscle pain, and easy sun burning. Pregnancy must be avoided while taking systemic retinoids.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Ichthyosis is a chronic, inherited skin disorder that requires ongoing treatment.

How is the condition monitored?

Ichthyosis is monitored by the affected person. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Lynn West, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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