What is the role of medications in the treatment of epidermolytic ichthyosis (EI)?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019
  • Author: Brittany G Craiglow, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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There is no cure for epidermolytic ichthyosis (EI). The primary goal of therapy is to reduce hyperkeratosis. This can be achieved with topical keratolytics such as lactic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, or urea. Topical emollients such as those containing glycerin are also often useful. Topical and oral retinoids can lead to significant improvement; however, care must be taken to avoid causing an increase in skin fragility.


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