Ichthyosis is a skin condition that is characterized by dry, rough, thick and scaly skin. The term is used to describe fish like scaly skin. It is a chronic condition and there is seldom any remedy. Proper skin care regime may prove beneficial in managing the symptoms.
In most cases, Ichthyosis is a hereditary condition, caused by inheriting a faulty gene from either of the parents. As such the symptoms are present at birth or within one year of birth.
In other cases, it may be acquired as a result of certain diseases.
- Dry, rough and scaly skin
- Skin on the palms of hand and soles of feet have more lines and are thickened
- Fine, grey scales on limbs
- Ichthyosis Vulgaris
- X-Linked ichthyosis
- Lamellar Ichthyosis
- Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis
- Ichthyosis acquisita
Treatment for ichthyosis involves regular moisturizing and exfoliation. The initial stages of the disease can be treated through Ayurveda. It involves providing symptomatic relief as well as treating the problem from inside so as to remove the disease permanently. Medicated oils and herbal ointments are applied locally to the affected area. In addition to this affected individuals are made to consume medicated oils and ghee to lubricate the skin from within. Treatment modalities vary from person to person. Hence it is very important to consult an Ayurveda specialist before you start any treatment.