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Lamellar Ichthyosis – Rare Skin Disorder

Lamellar Ichthyosis is a rare inherited skin disorder in which babies shed their outer layer of skin, affecting around 1 in 600,000 people.

Lamellar Ichthyosis Symptoms: Babies suffering from lamellar Ichthyosis disorder shed the outer layer of their skin in just 10–14 days after birth as the primary sign. No skin pores, no sweat to cool the body temperature resulting in fish like scaling over the skin. In Lamellar Ichthyosis disorder, skin starts extensive scaling that looks familiar to fish scales, tiling the skin around joint areas like neck, elbow, groins, and armpit.

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Lamellar Ichthyosis Cases: Song Sheng, from Jinhu, eastern China was born without pores in his skin which means his body cannot cool itself. He was called fish boy by locals after developing scales within days of his birth caused by his lack of skin pores.

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