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Ichthyosis vulgaris

  • Alternative Names

    Common ichthyosis; Fish scale disease


    Your doctor will recommend heavy duty moisturizers. Creams and ointments work better than lotions. Apply these to moist skin immediately after bathing. You should use mild, non-drying soaps.

    Your doctor may tell you to use moisturizing creams that contain chemicals that help skin to shed normally, including lactic acid, salicylic acid, and urea.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Ichthyosis vulgaris can be a nuisance, but it rarely affects your overall health. The condition usually disappears during adulthood, but may return years later.


    A bacterial skin infection may develop if scratching causes openings in the skin.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:

    • Symptoms continue despite treatment
    • Symptoms get worse
    • Skin lesions spread
    • New symptoms develop