Ichthyosis is characterized by rough, scaly skin. All types of ichthyosis have dry, thickened, scaly or flaky skin. In many types there is cracked skin, which is said to resemble the scales on a fish; the word ichthyosis comes from the Ancient Greek ἰχθύς (ichthys), meaning “fish.”
The symptoms vary from the milder ichthyosis vulgaris which is commonly mistaken for normal dry skin up to a more critical conditions such as harlequin type ichthyosis. Ichtyosis vulgaris accounts for more than 95% of cases.
Present medical research have put this down to a genetic disorder, and the only treatment they offer are emollients for topical use.
Not to worry, Homeopathy is here and has specific remedies for your condition. Your Homeopath will identify the right remedy for you based on your similimum.
Here we discuss some of the remedies that your Homeopath may consider.
Arsenicum iodidatum — Dry scaly skin. Itching and burning. In scrofulous subjects with swelling of the lymphatic glands.
Clematis — When there are fine scales with some itching, worse When getting warm in bed. Painful swelling and induration of the glands. Eruption
changes character with the changes of the moon.
Graphites — Skin dry and inclined to crack. Unhealthy skin ; every injury tends to ulceration. Thick and crippled toe nails. Extremities go to sleep. Itching of the genitals.
Iodium — The skin has a brown dingy color. Ravenous hunger. Swelling and distension of the abdomen. Emaciation in dark complexioned, scrofulous
Mercurius solubilis— Dirty, yellow color of the skin. Itching, worse at night when warm in bed. Dry, scaly spots. In syphilitic and scrofulous subjects.
Natrum carbonicum — Skin of the whole body becomes dry, rough and cracked here and there. Frequent empty or sour eructations. Great prostration.
Phosphoricum — Skin is dry and wrinkled. Skin of hands is rough and dry. Pains in the chest. Desire For acids and spicy foods. Falling of the hair. Great indisposition. In tall, slender people.
Kali iodatum — Skin dried up. Rough, like hog skin. Sensitive swelling of the thyroid gland. Edematous infiltration of the tissues.
After mercury or syphilis.
Plumbum — Dry skin. Absolute lack of perspiration. Obstinate constipation. Paralytic weakness of the limbs.
Thuja — Dirty gray cadaverous looking skin. Wartshaped excrescences. Brittle or soft nails. Lymphatic temperament.