This rare genetic disease usually affects the skin. It can manifest in adult life in the form of severe pigmentation. This can happen due to a family history of the disease. The disease basically happens due to the inability of the system to produce appropriate amounts of Keratin 5 which gives the skin a natural colouring.
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?
This disease could be inherited or can occur without a family history. It has been observed among the reported cases that females are more susceptible to this disease.