Ichthyosis is a hereditary, genetic condition which presents itself in the form of dry, tight and scaly skin. In some versions of the condition, the skin is thin, in others it is far thicker than normal.

There is no known cure for Ichthyosis, the only answer is to manage the condition on a day to day basis. This means that if you get infections because the dry, hard skin has broken open, treating those infections. It also means trying to moisturize the skin and to thin the thicker, drier patches. Initially, you should know How To Treat Ichthyosis.

Ichthyosis Treatment

harlequin ichthyosis treatment can sometimes be managed using applications of urea or skin peeling treatments. Sometimes, people use moisturizer to soften dry skin.

Whatever treatments you use for self care for ichthyosis, it is important that you use them regularly. If you stop treating the condition then it will get worse.

Note that the condition is not contagious. Many people see the skin damage and scales and worry that it is a fungal infection or that it is a sign of poor hygiene. This is not the case. People who suffer from ichthyosis in any of its forms – from mild scaling to the severe (even life-threatening) harlequin ichthyosis – are born that way, and they cannot do much to control the condition other than try to soothe and soften the skin. It is important that strangers understand this so that they can respond appropriately. The condition can be frustrating and embarrassing for sufferers, but there is a lot that we can do to promote better understanding of it, and support people – old and young – in controlling it.

Traditional remedies for dry skin and irritation can be useful for helping to keep the skin supple. Things like steroid treatments, however, are not usually effective.

Consult to Doctor

Consult a Doctor

Your doctor will be able to offer advice on ways to manage skin conditions. Different versions of ichthyosis have different issues and sensitivities, and what works for one will not work for another, necessarily. Depending on the areas of skin affected (sometimes, it can be the whole body), there are different options for treatment, and different priorities. For example, it is especially important to keep skin supple around the knees and elbows, where movement could case the skin to break and increase the risk of infection. For facial marks and scales, finding ways to reduce the appearance/discoloration could help with self esteem and confidence.