Dowling-Degos disease is a rare genetic disease of the skin that presents in adult life with pigmentation, particularly in the folds of the skin. It is also known as ‘pigmented reticular anomaly of the flexures’. Dowling-Degos disease and its variants can either be inherited from one parent or appear without a family history. There seems to be a female predominance in reported cases.
HOW IS DOWLING-DEGOS DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Dermatologists may order for a skin biopsy for confirming Dowling-Degos Disease. The biopsy helps differentiate between the two variants of the disease, namely, classic Dowling-Degos Disease and Galli-Galli disease.
HOW IS DOWLING-DEGOS DISEASE TREATED?
There is no specific treatment for this disease. Individuals may find using topical steroids, azelaic acid, topical retinoids and other similar creams to be useful. There are also topical steroids available for handling the same. In some cases, EYE laser treatment is also available at the dermatologist.
DID YOU KNOW?
As the Dowling-Degos Disease is a genetic disease, it usually does not have any treatment methods