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Dry skin with scales on the body in winter, less facial hair growth. Do I have ichthyosis vulgaris?

Hello Sir, I am Senthil Nathan aged 23. I have dry skin and fish scales (brown colour) all over my body esp during winter season. I m having this problem from my childhood. I suspect whether it is due to ichthyosis vulgaris ? I m really worried about this disease. I have been applying Cotaryl cream as per doctor s medication but it is not giving permanent remedy. I am really frustrated. I m scared of getting married sir. I have some other problems like very lean, no growth of mustache and beard. Are these due to Ichthyosis vulagaris sir? I feel very low and cant go for public meetings. Dono wat to do. Pls give me some solution sir. I m dying everyday. Thank you sir. Expecting ur valuable reply :)
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi Senthil,
Welcome to HCM.
Thanks for writing in.
Ichthyosis vulgaris being a genetic condition cannot be cured completely it can only be controlled.
A specialized moisturizer like Xerina cream will help a lot.
Beard and moustache hair growth has nothing to do with ichthyosis.
With regular moisturization and electroporation technique ichthyosis is almost invisible.
Consult a qualified dermatologist to help you with the procedure

Hope this helps.
Wishing you good health.
Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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Dermatologist Dr. Puvvula Kishore Kumar's  Response
No doubt is Ichthyosis vulgaris..,
There is no definite treatment for this..,
It is sex linked genetic problem..,
'Moisturizing creams with Salicylic acid 6% will..,
give temporary relief..,
Aloe vera and sqalene will give better results...,
Cap..evion and antioxidants for longtime use..,beneficial..,
Intra-lesional hydration and mild steriods with Laser also useful..,
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