Ichthyosis Genetics - 1

Probably the question most commonly asked of people with ichthyosis is: "Is it contagious?” The answer is, of course, “ NO!” None of the ichthyoses or the related disorders in the family of skin conditions that are included in the umbrella of the FIRST[1] is contagious. These are all genetic disorders and can be "caught" only through heredity. Although not all members of the FIRST family of disorders are an “ichthyosis” per se, for ease of discussion, we will use that term to denote any of these conditions.

 

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