Spotlight On… Ichthyosis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Ichthyosis is a group of 26 skin diseases derived from the Ancient Greek word “ichthys” meaning “fish” because of the way the symptoms manifest as dry, hard and scaly skin. Ichthyosis vulgaris is the most common occurring (95% of cases) and is among a group of inherited ichthyoses.

ichthyosis child


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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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