Diagnosis - Dermatology

Ichthyosis

Ichtyosis refers to a diverse group of skin disorders which are mostly of genetic origin and therefore often arise shortly after birth.  The skin of people with ichtyosis appears flaky, dry and thickened and depending on the type of ichtyosis, other serious complications may arise.  Some problems related to ichtyosis may include loss of water and minerals through the large amount of flaking skin, the formation of large and painful cracks in the skin surface, disturbed functioning of the sweat glands, unpleasant body odour and significant psychosocial distress. Ichtyosis may also arise later on in life as a result of infection, vitamin deficiency, cancerous disease or reaction to medication.  Treatment of ichtyosis usually involves removing the excess, flaking surface skin and rehydrating the skin with appropriate ointments.  Therapeutic baths and UV therapy are also effective in some cases.  For more severe cases of ichtyosis, medication may also be necessary. 

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  • HELIOS Hospital Aue

    HELIOS Hospital Aue

    The HELIOS Hospital Aue is teaching hospital of the University of Dresden and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Annually approximately 55.000 patients are treated in various medical departments among which neurology, sports medicine and dermatology are providing medical treatment on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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