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Harlequin Ichthyosis is an inherited skin disorder which is severe, rare and has no cure. This disorder affects the way skin regenerates. Babies born with this disorder have thick skin which has diamond shaped plates. In addition to distorting facial features this skin disorder can affect the shape of the nose, mouth and ears.
HOW IS HARLEQUIN ICHTHYOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a general physician who would take some skin tests and genetic tests along with examining the skin.
HOW IS HARLEQUIN ICHTHYOSIS TREATED?
Babies born with this disorder require immediate care in a neonatal intensive care unit. Intravenous tubes to prevent dehydration and feeding is necessary. Antibiotics to prevent infections and monitoring of electrolyte and sodium levels is necessary. The use of creams and ointments prescribed by a dermatologist is a must.