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What are least rare types of ichthyosis?

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Some types of ichthyosis cause only dry and scaly skin. Others cause problems inside the body, too. Most forms of the disease are very rare. The two least rare types are:

  • Ichthyosis vulgaris. It affects about 1 out of every 250 people.
  • X-linked recessive ichthyosis. It affects about 1 out of 6,000 people, but only males.

From: What Is Ichthyosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry Skin: Who Gets and Causes."

British Skin Foundation: "Ichthyosis."

DermNet New Zealand: "Ichthyosis," "Ichthyosis Vulgaris," "Recessive X-linked ichthyosis."

First Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types: "Living with Ichthyosis," "X-Linked Ichthyosis Fact Sheet."

Medscape: "Ichthyosis."

National Health Service: "Ichthyosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Ichthyosis."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Ichthyosis."

National Institutes of Health-U.S. National Library of Medicine: “What is a gene?”

National Institutes of Health, AIDSinfo: “Protease Inhibitor.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 12, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry Skin: Who Gets and Causes."

British Skin Foundation: "Ichthyosis."

DermNet New Zealand: "Ichthyosis," "Ichthyosis Vulgaris," "Recessive X-linked ichthyosis."

First Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types: "Living with Ichthyosis," "X-Linked Ichthyosis Fact Sheet."

Medscape: "Ichthyosis."

National Health Service: "Ichthyosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Ichthyosis."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Ichthyosis."

National Institutes of Health-U.S. National Library of Medicine: “What is a gene?”

National Institutes of Health, AIDSinfo: “Protease Inhibitor.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 12, 2018

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