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Because most of the ichthyoses are uncommon to rare, it is not atypical for someone with one of these conditions to go through his/her entire life never meeting another with the same disorder. The public is also usually not familiar with these conditions. This can result in curiosity and, at times, in unpleasant behaviors such as staring, rude questioning  or the giving of unsolicited advice. Ichthyosis can be a disfiguring disorder and as such has numerous social and psychological repercussions. Children are especially vulnerable to its social and psychological side effects. Even if they are spared blatant ridicule they may find themselves ostracized, ignored and isolated. In addition, the attentions of over-protective parents and other adults can also impair their development.