The name ‘icthyosis’ (‘ik-thee-oh-sis’) comes from a Greek word meaning fish (‘icthys’), because it causes scaliness of the skin over most of the body. The scales are small, flaky and white or grey, and often curl up at the edges, making the skin feel rough. Icthyosis is uncommon, and usually runs in families. It usually shows up by the age of 5 years, and then begins to lessen. It is not particularly itchy. Emollients are an important part of treatment (see our advice for dry skin ), and your doctor may suggest a special cream to remove some of the scales so they are less obvious.
So glad I found your site after reading all the other alarming information. I was diagnosed a year ago with LS, but everyone has talked of Gynaecologist referals so how come I ended up in Dermotology? What worries me are the lumps & bumps which are referred to and which I have plus blisters. Help is this normal? I am using an emulent based cream for washing & barrier protection & a stronger steriod cream (as the first cream didn’t work, but having said that, was I not using enough, as they say sparingly!) How do you know if you are reacting to the creams etc with this problem? How demoralised I feel as a woman who looked forward to & shortly enjoyed the freedom of sex after her hysterectomy to now not being able to have sex. (Sorry feeling low). Its also funny that after the ‘op’ I started swimming again & it is said that clorine can affect you, it was a few months after when problems started together with a reaction to 2 medications really kick started it. I also have read that you can be alergic to ‘sperm fluid’ is this then also another starting point after the ‘op’ since previous protection used?
A weird thing happened this week, I started to eat raw garlic with my food. Not just 1 clove, like 1 bulb every day for about 5 days and one night i had bad sweats and did not feel very well, but then since the morning after I had absolutelly no more itching in the day or at night. That started to make me think it had something to do with parasites. I actually know that little parasites like to come out at night and that is why you feel itchy at night and probably that is why most people are itchy at night and you can't see them, they can be microscopical and I don't believe in the chemical pills to get rid of them, I was always a fan of natural remedies.