The skin surface of people with ichthyosis vulgaris develops thick, dry scales made of accumulated dead skin cells.

Sometimes mild cases of ichthyosis vulgaris go undiagnosed because they are mistaken for extremely dry skin. Ichthyosis vulgaris is also known as fish scale disease or fish skin disease. Its scales can be present at birth, but typically first appear during early childhood.

The majority of ichthyosis vulgaris cases are mild, but some are severe; occasionally, ichthyosis vulgaris is linked to other skin conditions, such as the allergic skin condition eczema.

Ichthyosis comes in a variety of forms, but the most prevalent and mild type is Ichthyosis vulgaris, which is characterized by mild skin dryness and scaling.

Causes–IChildren with the inherited form of the disorder typically have normal skin at birth, but scales and roughness develop during the first few years of life. Children with the inherited form of the disorder typically have normal skin at birth, but develop roughness and scaling during the first few years of life.

Acquired ichthyosis, which is more frequently linked to conditions like cancer, thyroid disease, or HIV/AIDS, is referred to when genetic abnormalities are not the cause of ichthyosis.

Symptoms-IChronic, excessive buildup of the protein keratin in the top layer of the skin is a symptom of chthyosis vulgaris, which slows your skin’s natural shedding process.

· Dry, scaly skin

· Tile-like, small scales

Scales that are white, dirty gray, or brown, with darker scales usually appearing on darker skin.

· Flaky scalp

Serious, uncomfortable skin cracks

Most cases of ichthyosis vulgaris are mild, but some can be severe. The severity of symptoms may differ greatly among family members who have the condition. The scales usually appear on your elbows and lower legs and may be especially thick and dark over your shins.

In cold, dry environments, symptoms typically get worse or are more noticeable, while in warm, humid environments, they usually get better or even go away.

Complications–Some ichthyosis sufferers may encounter:

Overheating.Rarely, the ichthyosis’ thick skin and scales can prevent sweating, which can prevent cooling and lead to hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Secondary infection.Infections can result from split and cracked skin.


This condition responds well to homoeopathic treatments, some of which are listed below.

One of the best treatments for ichthyosis is arsenic iodatum 30. The skin becomes scaly and itchy, and large scales of skin are exfoliated, leaving a raw surface behind.

HYDROCOTYLE ASIATICA 6Another successful treatment for ichthyosis is hydrocotyle asiatica, which thickens the epidermis and exfoliates the skin’s scales. Insufferable itching, especially in the soles, is another sign that the condition needs to be treated.

PETROLEUM 30The skin is extremely sensitive and is prescribed petroleum when it is thick, dry, rough, and cracked.

SEPIA 200Sepia is prescribed for ichthyosis with an unpleasant odor of the skin, severe itching that is not relieved by scratching, and worsening in the bends of the elbows and knees.

KALI SULPH 30For icthyosis with dry, flaky skin and noticeable, yellow scales, Kali Sulph is the best homoeopathic treatment.

PLATANUS OCCIDENTALIS 30Platanus occidentalis is recommended for people with X-linked ichthyosis who also have cataracts and corneal opacity.

NATRUM CARB. 30For Lamellar Ichthyosis with Photophobia, Natrum Carb. is prescribed.

CLEMATIS ERECTA 30When red, brown, scaly, or scabby skin develops, clematis erecta is prescribed because the itching is severe and gets worse when you wash it.

ZINCUM METALLICUM 30Ichthyosis with corneal dystrophy responds well to zinc metallicum.

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