Ichthyosis is a heterogenous family of more than 30, generalized, mostly genetic skin disorders. The word comes from Greek ??????? and Ancient Greek ?????, „fish“. The most common type of ichthyosis is ichthyosis vulgaris accounting for >95% of the cases[1]

Types of Ichthyosis

There are several forms of ichthyosis. Most forms of ichthyosis are genetic conditions. Here are a few common ones:

  • Ichthyosis vulgaris
  • X-linked ichthyosis
  • Ichthyosis lamellaris
  • Harlequins Ichthyosis
  • Bullous Ichthyosis

Ichthyosis in domestic dogs

Ichthyosis of varying severity is well-documented in some popular breeds of domestic dogs. The most common breeds in which this condition manifests itself are Golden retrievers, American bulldogs, Jack Russell terriers, and Cairn terriers.

Diagnosis for Ichthyosis

A physician often can diagnose ichthyosis by looking at the skin. A family history is also very useful. In some cases, a skin biopsy will be done to help to confirm the diagnosis. In a biopsy, a small piece of skin is removed and examined under a microscope. In some instances, genetic testing may be helpful in making a diagnosis. Ichthyosis is not more or less common in any ethnic group. As of now, there is no way to prevent ichthyosis.

Treatments of Ichthyosis

Treatments for ichthyosis often take the form of topical application of creams and emollient oils, in an attempt to hydrate the skin. Retinoids are also used for some conditions. Exposure to sunlight may improve or worsen the condition.

There can be ocular manifestations of ichthyosis, such as corneal and ocular surface diseases. Vascularizing keratitis, which is more commonly found in congenital keratitis-ichythosis-deafness (KID), may worsen with isotretinoin therapy. Ectropion, if it occurs, can be treated surgically after skin hydration.

Homeopathy Treatment for Ichthyosis

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Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution, family history, presenting symptoms, underlying pathology, possible causative factors etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. A homeopathy doctor tries to treat more than just the presenting symptoms. The focus is usually on what caused the disease condition? Why ‘this patient’ is sick ‘this way’. The disease diagnosis is important but in homeopathy, the cause of disease is not just probed to the level of bacteria and viruses. Other factors like mental, emotional and physical stress that could predispose a person to illness are also looked for. No a days, even modern medicine also considers a large number of diseases as psychosomatic. The correct homeopathy remedy tries to correct this disease predisposition. The focus is not on curing the disease but to cure the person who is sick, to restore the health. If a disease pathology is not very advanced, homeopathy remedies do give a hope for cure but even in incurable cases, the quality of life can be greatly improved with homeopathic medicines.

The homeopathic remedies (medicines) given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the homeopathy treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each homeopathic remedy may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit the Materia Medica section at Hpathy.

None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice and guidance.

Homeopathy Remedies for Ichthyosis :

Agar., am-m., anac., ant-c., ars., ars-i., aur., bar-m., bell., bor., bufo., cact., cadm-s., calad., calc., calc-s., canth., cic., clem., com., cupr., cycl., dulc., fl-ac., graph., hep., hydrc., hyos., iod., kali-ar., kali-bi., kali-c., kali-s., led., mag-c., merc., mez., nat-a., nat-m., nit-ac., olnd., petr., phos., phyt., plb., psor., rhus-t., sang., sars., sep., sil., staph., sulph., teucr., thuj.


  1. ^ .International Journal of Dermatology 2003, 42 , 95–98.