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Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa S, B.A.M.S

Phrase derivation – The time period “Ichthyosis” is derived from the Greek phrase for fish. It’s because the pores and skin on this situation appears to be like like scales of a fish.  That is the explanation why some folks name this as ‘fish pores and skin illness’ or ‘fish scale’.

What’s Ichthyosis ?

Ichthyosis contains of a gaggle of pores and skin situations that trigger dryness and scaling of the pores and skin. The pores and skin in these situations is itchy, tough and pink. The signs may be gentle or extreme. Whereas some forms of ichthyosis are restricted to pores and skin and trigger dryness and scaly pores and skin, the others types may additionally trigger issues contained in the physique affecting the interior organs.

Most individuals have a genetic type of the illness. That is inherited from the mother and father ensuing from a modified gene. However, some develop a non-genetic illness and this manner known as acquired ichthyosis. This situation happens from one other medical dysfunction or some medicines.

Who will get Ichthyosis?

Ichthyosis can have an effect on anybody, there is no such thing as a exemption. Whereas the illness is normally handed down from mother and father to youngsters, some folks may be the primary one within the household to be affected by the illness on account of a brand new mutation within the gene. Others could develop acquired type of the illness (non-genetic) as stated above.

Outlook of Ichthyosis

The outlook varies and depends upon the illness sort and severity. Many individuals would wish a life-long remedy for ichthyosis in order to handle it to an extent.

What occurs in Ichthyosis?

In ichthyosis the particular person loses the protecting barrier that helps retains moisture ranges of their pores and skin resulting in formation of thick, scaly pores and skin. That’s the reason the pores and skin will get scaly and dry.

Can Ichthyosis be cured?

Ichthyosis can’t be fully curable. Ongoing analysis works are offering remedy choices which might assist in managing the signs of the illness. The pores and skin wants a continuing monitoring and pampering. Efficient remedies can relieve the scaling and this might make you are feeling extra snug.

Varieties of Ichthyosis

There are greater than 30 forms of ichthyosis. It additionally consists of the kinds that are a part of another situation or syndrome. The kind of Ichthyosis is set by figuring out the gene mutation, sample of inheritance, signs (their severity, the organs they have an effect on and so on) and the age at which the primary signs of the illness appeared.

The 2 most typical forms of Ichthyosis are –

  1. Ichthyosis Vulgaris – That is the most typical sort of the illness. One out of each 250 folks suffers from this situation. It’s normally gentle and seems within the first 12 months of life. On this situation, grey, brown or white scales may be seen in early childhood.
  2. X-linked Recessive Ichthyosis – It normally happens in males. It begins at about 3 to six months of life. Compared to the above talked about sort, that is uncommon. It’s stated to have an effect on 1 in 6,000 folks. On this situation, the scaling is normally current on the neck, decrease a part of the face, trunk and legs. The signs of this sort can worsen over time. It’s a danger issue for testicular most cancers. Girls who’re carriers (in some instances) could have labor issues.

Different forms of ichthyosis (inherited)

Sl No Sort of Ichthyosis Options
1 Harlequin Ichthyosis normally seen at start presents with thick scaly plates of pores and skin which cowl the entire physique can have an effect on facial options could restrict motion of joints
2 Epidermolytic Ichthyosis current proper from start infants have fragile pores and skin and blisters everywhere in the physique proper from start scaling develops following disappearance of blisters over time frame on the areas of the physique that bend it may possibly have a ridged look
3 Congenital Ichthyosiform Erythroderma current at start collodion membrane is usually current in infants
4 Progressive Symmetric Erythrokeratoderma normally seems in childhood presents with dry, scaly pores and skin primarily on the limbs, face, wrists, ankles and buttocks
5 Lamellar Ichthyosis current at start collodion membrane (tight clear masking) is current everywhere in the physique of the toddler at start massive and darkish plate like scales are shaped over many of the physique over a interval of a number of weeks as soon as the collodion membrane peels off
6 Erythrokeratodermia Variabilis normally develops few months after start has development throughout childhood tough, thick or reddened areas of pores and skin are developed on the face, limbs or buttocks the affected areas can unfold on the pores and skin over a time frame

Most types of the illness are very uncommon.

Reason for Ichthyosis

Gene mutation – Every kind of inherited ichthyosis are brought on by gene mutation. Many gene mutations are recognized. The sample of inheritance depends upon the kind of the illness. Thes mutated genes change the cycle of regular pores and skin progress and shedding. This causes the pores and skin cells to develop quicker (than shedding), develop usually and shed slowly or shed shortly and develop slowly. Folks continue to grow new pores and skin and shed previous pores and skin frequently all through their lives.

X-linked Ichthyosis – On this situation tough, darkish and scaly pores and skin are shaped because of the pores and skin cells not correctly separating or shedding. It’s mostly discovered on the trunk or neck. It’s brought on by deficiency of steroid sulphatase deficiency.

Inherited Ichthyosis – it’s a genetic situation. Gene mutations occurring in ichthyosis impacts the proteins that defend the pores and skin and maintain it moist. Other than this additionally they have an effect on the way in which the physique grows or sheds new pores and skin cells.

One would develop a extra severe situation if each mother and father have this gene compared to considered one of them having the gene.

Acquired Ichthyosis – It happens in maturity. Actual causes for this situation are usually not identified. Folks affected by one of these ichthyosis usually have one of many beneath talked about situations –

  • Kidney illness
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Underactive thyroid gland
  • HIV an infection
  • Most cancers (Hodgkin lymphoma)

This situation may also be triggered by some medicines together with most cancers medicine, protease inhibitors and nicotinic acid.

Inheritance Patterns of Ichthyosis

Dominant – One would inherit one regular and one mutated copy of the gene which causes ichthyosis. Mutated gene is the dominant one and would trigger the illness. Mother or father having a dominant mutation has 50% likelihood of passing on this dysfunction to every of his or her youngsters.

Recessive – On this situation each mother and father carry just one irregular gene which isn’t sufficient to trigger the illness. Each mother and father should not have any indicators of the illness. There can be solely 25% probabilities that the kid of fogeys (each) carrying one recessive gene inheriting each these mutated genes and therefore goes on to develop the illness. However there’s a 50% likelihood {that a} little one who inherits just one mutated recessive gene. These youngsters wouldn’t have any noticeable indicators they might be a service of the illness.

X-linked Ichthyosis – Right here the gene mutations are situated on the ‘X intercourse chromosome’. The inheritance sample of one of these ichthyosis is normally recessive. Females are those who’re most frequently affected with this sort. Sometimes they might have on mutated and one regular X chromosome.

Spontaneous Ichthyosis – On this situation, with out the household historical past of ichthyosis gene mutation happens randomly and is frequent in dominant and X-linked ichthyosis.


Ichthyosis vulgaris, the most typical sort of ichthyosis (accounts to greater than 95% of instances) has a prevalence of round 1:100 to 1:250. It would manifest in infancy (throughout first 12 months of life) or early childhood, usually at start. It has been noticed that the illness improves with age.

Intercourse and ethnicity – No notable significances of the illness are present in intercourse or ethnicities.

Mutations in filaggrin gene (FLG mutation) trigger ichthyosis vulgaris. Normally inhabitants, FLG mutation is 8-10 %. The spectrums of mutations fluctuate in accordance with populations.

2.5-37% sufferers with atopic dermatitis possess scientific proof of ichthyosis vulgaris. It’s because lack of perform mutations in FLG is a serious genetic predisposing issue for atopic dermatitis.

Signs of Ichthyosis

Signs of inherited type of ichthyosis –

Right here, the signs both seem at start or within the first few months of life. The primary signs of this situation are scaly pores and skin which is dry. The scales are shaped solely on some components of the physique together with face, scalp, trunk, abdomen, butts and legs.

Look of scales – The scales are white, darkish brown or grey in shade. Thick or skinny cracks may be seen inside them. Chilly and dry climate make dryness and scaling worse and normally get higher in heat climate. Scales could seem in another way in several instances. They’re small and flaky, massive, darkish and plate like or onerous and armor like.

The signs can vary from gentle to extreme.

Different indicators and signs of ichthyosis –

  • redness of the pores and skin
  • pores and skin peeling / cracking of pores and skin
  • itching
  • blisters
  • tightness of the pores and skin
  • formation of traces / thickening of the pores and skin on the palms and soles
  • ache

Signs based mostly on several types of ichthyosis –

  • formation of blisters – these blisters can break which results in the formation of wounds
  • fragile hairs, hair loss
  • dryness of the eyes
  • issue in closing the eyelids
  • incapability to sweat
  • issue in listening to
  • issue in flexing some joints of the physique
  • eczema

Problems of Ichthyosis

Beneath talked about are the issues of ichthyosis –

  • frequent infections
  • dehydration
  • blocked sweat glands – this results in overheating
  • sluggish progress of hairs on the scalp
  • burning of extra energy
  • despair and low self-worth

Problems in males – Males affected by ichthyosis are at elevated danger for the beneath talked about situations –

  • testicular most cancers
  • low sperm depend
  • hidden / un-descended testicles

Different issues embrace imaginative and prescient loss and issues associated to mind and nervous system.

Prognosis of Ichthyosis

Docs could diagnose ichthyosis on seeing the dry and scaly pores and skin typical of the illness. Chances are you’ll be suggested for a pores and skin biopsy or saliva check (for detecting gene adjustments).

To find out particular sort of the illness in some sorts of congenital ichthyosiform problems routine histopathology, pores and skin biopsy specimens and electron microscopy could also be wanted. Genetic evaluation / research for mutations in gene could also be required in lamellar ichthyosis, KID syndrome, CHILD syndrome and so on.

Assessments required in acquired ichthyosis embrace HIV testing, CBC depend with differential and bone marrow aspirate, thyroid perform checks, serum angiotensin changing enzyme and lysozyme, chest radiography, serum ANA and so on.

Imaging research – Ultrasonography is useful in early identification of congenital ichthyosis syndromes and harlequin ichthyosis. Echographic findings are additionally useful.

Different checks – Evaluation of maternal serum unconjugated estriol is helpful to diagnose X-linked recessive ichthyosis and so additionally the FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) evaluation of cultured amniotic fluid.

Fetal pores and skin biopsy at 19 weeks estimated gestation age roughly could present an early analysis of sure types of ichthyosis like Harlequin sort.

Differential Diagnoses of Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Beneath talked about situations are included within the differential diagnoses of ichthyosis vulgaris –

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Xerosis
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Irritant contact dermatitis
  • Eczema craqeule / Asteatotic eczema
  • Lamellar ichthyosis
  • X-linked Ichthyosis
  • Sjogren Larsson Syndrome
  • Acquired Ichthyosis

What’s the proper time to name the physician?

Pores and skin infections would turn out to be frequent as a result of ichthyosis interferes with its efficient barrier. One ought to contact the physician or healthcare supplier if she or he develops fever or redness of the pores and skin.

Prognosis of Ichthyosis

Ichthyosis may be managed with continued efficient remedy and good advices supplied to the affected person by the doctor about skincare. Some sorts of the illness present enchancment after the childhood.

When the illness that triggers acquired ichthyosis is handled the possibilities of ichthyosis being handled too is feasible. If a drug is the reason for ichthyosis, lowering its dose too exhibits good prognosis.

The prognosis for inherited instances of ichthyosis has been confirmed to be good in majority of sufferers. They might take pleasure in regular lifespan and enchancment in illness and its signs with age. Therapy nevertheless is normally continued for all times.

However, uncommon types of the illness may be life threatening even in infancy particularly so if the pores and skin issues are extreme or if the situation is related to some severe illness in another components of the physique.

Prevention of Ichthyosis

There isn’t any approach that ichthyosis may be prevented. There’s a danger that the kids of guardian affected with ichthyosis may also inherit the gene for the illness simply as in different genetic illness.

Forestall of pores and skin infections in ichthyosis – is feasible if the sufferers keep the pores and skin barrier by emollient use. They soften and moisturize the pores and skin. Petroleum Jelly (petrolatum) is a standard ingredient of emollients. This has proven to enhance the barrier perform and still have anti-inflammatory results. These properties would assist in lowering the chance of infections.

Dilute bleach baths enhance barrier perform and therefore cut back pores and skin infections. Antibacterial soaps or antiseptic washes can be utilized to alleviate odor and bacterial overgrowth.

Residence care in Ichthyosis

Beneath talked about are some suggestions which may help in easing ichthyosis signs and may be carried out at residence –

Use of emollients – it shall be utilized on moist pores and skin following a shower / bathe, a minimum of as soon as a day. Various kinds of emollient shall be tried till one finds which works the perfect. One shouldn’t smoke or go close to to flames if emollient containing paraffin is getting used. Emollient shall be used as a substitute of cleaning soap and cleaning soap shouldn’t be used on affected pores and skin.

Comb – To take away scaly pores and skin on the scalp one ought to use a comb on moist hair.

Seek the advice of – One ought to speak to his or her pores and skin specialist if any of the remedies trigger irritation.

Therapy of Ichthyosis

As already stated, ichthyosis can’t be cured. Therapies may help in managing the signs i.e. dry and scaly pores and skin.

Beneath talked about are the vital ideas –

  • Software – rubbing ointment, lotion or cream to the pores and skin on a regular basis – this might maintain the pores and skin moist
  • Lotions – that are used for utility ought to consist lanolin, alpha hydroxyl acids, urea or propylene glycol
  • Merchandise having ceramides or ldl cholesterol additionally act as moisturizers
  • Lotion – shall be utilized instantly after the bathtub or bathe, on damp pores and skin
  • Salt water bathtub
  • Use of pumice stone for rubbing on the pores and skin
  • Merchandise having salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid would assist in eradicating useless pores and skin
  • Oral retinoid could also be prescribed if there may be extreme dryness and scaling
  • Antibiotic remedy – when bacterial infections of the pores and skin develop in sufferers with epidermolytic hyperkeratosis
  • Bezafibrate (hypolipidemic drug) – to induce the exercise of FALDH in sufferers with Sjogren Larsson Syndrome (whereby there may be deficiency of FALDH)

Dermatologist – for pores and skin points and a therapist or psychological well being specialists – for despair and low self-worth could come in useful.

Eye Care (ocular remedy) – goals at sustaining moisture, integrity and readability of the cornea since ichthyosis involving the attention or eyelids is related to excessive danger of growing corneal dryness and an epithelial scar which may cut back the readability of eye and even perforation of the cornea. Non-preserved synthetic tears and ointment are given in power ocular floor problems related to ichthyosis, to stop the issues. Bandage contact lenses and short-term collagen shields would lower the signs and promote floor therapeutic in these instances whereby poor corneal epithelial adhesion is current.

 Topical Remedy – Beneath talked about are helpful as topical brokers in several sorts of ichthyosis and needs to be used as prescribed –

  • Topical cyclosporine A 2%
  • Humidified ambiance mixed with use of topical moisturizing brokers
  • Petrolatum ointment and 10% urea cream (for eyelids)
  • Salicylic acid 2% and retinoic acid 0.1% ointments
  • Calcipotriene ointment

Surgical care – Surgical procedure could also be wanted in sufferers of lamellar ichthyosis growing cicatricial ectropion and when hazard of corneal breakdown and perforation are famous.

Affected person training

Sufferers needs to be educated in regards to the illness and allow them to know that ichthyosis is a power situation and they’d want long run remedy. When long run remedy just isn’t adopted, the faulty permeability barrier related to the illness may end up in power lack of water and energy. This might trigger progress impairment in youngsters.

A research reveals that ‘Ichthyosis significantly impaired high quality of life, particularly for pediatric sufferers. Additional research and efforts needs to be carried out to handle and deal with the ache’.

Analysis reveals motive for perplexing redness related to Ichthyosis and different pores and skin illnesses.

Many different analysis works associated to Ichthyosis may be discovered to be documented in “ISG – Ichthyosis Assist Group” website.

Ayurveda Understanding of Ichthyosis

Dry and scaly pores and skin is the predominant symptom of ichthyosis. Principally dryness is brought on by aggravated vata. Scales are additionally shaped by the aggravated vata solely.

Since Ichthyosis is a pores and skin situation we will take into account it beneath the umbrella time period (illness) Kushta. Kushta refers to a big selection of pores and skin problems. Although there are 18 forms of Kushta, they’re brought on by the predominant aggravation of a number of doshas. So, all of the vataja forms of kushta or kushta having predominance of vata and presenting with dry and scaly pores and skin may be thought of as ichthyosis.

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