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Ichthyosis, Erythrokeratolysis Hiemalis


Synonyms of Ichthyosis, Erythrokeratolysis Hiemalis
  • Disorder of Cornification 19 (Erythrokeratolysis Hiemalis)
  • DOC 19
  • Erythrokeratolysis Hiemalis
  • Keratolytic Winter Erythema
  • Oudtshoorn Skin

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Erythrokeratolysis hiemalis is an extremely rare form of ichthyosis that was first described in South Africa but has subsequently been identified in other countries. In such cases, a link to South Africa has been determined. The disorder is characterized by periodic attacks of red (erythematous) plaques that are distributed equally on both sides of the body. A layer of skin can be peeled from these plaques. Symptoms usually improve with age. The disorder tends to become worse with the cold weather.

    Organizations related to Ichthyosis, Erythrokeratolysis Hiemalis
    • Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types
      1364 Welsh Road G2
      North Wales PA 19454
      Phone #: 215-619-0670
      800 #: 800-545-3286
      e-mail: info@scalyskin.org
      Home page: http://www.scalyskin.org
    • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      1 AMS Circle
      Bethesda MD 20892-3675
      Phone #: 301-495-4484
      800 #: 877-226-4267
      e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info



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