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What medicines can treat severe ichthyosis?

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If the dryness and scaling from your ichthyosis are severe, your doctor might prescribe an oral retinoid medicine such as acitretin (Soriatane) or isotretinoin (Absorica, Claravis, Sotret, and others). Retinoids can cause side effects such as weakened bones, dry mouth, and upset stomach.

Your dermatologist can recommend treatments to help your skin look and feel better.

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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