Ichthyosis vulgaris is a skin disorder passed down through families that leads to dry, scaly skin .

 

Causes

Ichthyosis vulgaris is one of the most common of the inherited skin disorders. It may begin in early childhood. The condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. That means you only need to get the abnormal gene from one parent in order for you to inherit the disease.The condition is often more noticeable in the winter. It may occur along with atopic dermatitis, asthma, keratosis pilaris (small bumps on the back of the arms), or other skin disorders.

 

Symptoms

  • Dry skin, severe
  • Scaly skin ( scales)
  • Possible skin thickening
  • Mild itching of the skin

 

The dry, scaly skin is usually most severe on the legs. But it can also involve the arms, hands, and middle of the body. Persons with this condition may also have many fine lines on the palm of the hand.

 

Care at home

  • Take long soaking baths to soften the skin. Then use a rough-textured sponge, such as a loofa sponge, to remove the thickened scales.
  • Choose mild soaps that have added oils and fats.  - After showering or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on the skin.
  • Apply moisturizer cream while your skin is still moist from bathing. Choose a moisturizer that contains urea or propylene glycol — chemicals that help keep your skin moist. Petroleum jelly is another good choice.

 

Treatment for Ichthyosis 

Our treatment for Ichthyosis is  designed to relieve and control  the symptoms.Treatment consist of moisturizing and exfoliating the skin. This helps prevent dryness, reduce scaling, cracking and build-up of skin.

Our treatment helps slow down the underlying disease activity in ichthyosis. The dryness, scaling, cracking, thickness of skin and build-up of excess skin may reduce with homeopathy and herbal medicines. The treatment is given to the patient  for about six months. If there is improvement, it should be continued; or else, it may be terminated.