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A congenital skin disease characterized by dryness and scales, especially on the extensor surfaces of the extremities.



fish skin disease, xeroderma, a skin disease characterized by sharply increased keratogenesis and retarded keratolysis.

Incidence of ichthyosis is a familial condition in half the cases and hereditary in 25 percent. It appears in early childhood (most often around age three), intensifies at puberty, and lasts throughout life. It is expressed in dryness of the skin and the accumulation of horny masses on the skin’s surface, in the form of scales or of massive horny plates that resemble fish scales. The excretion of oil and perspiration decreases sharply. The affection spreads over the entire skin surface, except at joint folds, axillae, and inguinal folds. On the face and scalp, ichthyosis appears in the form of furfuraceous desquamation. The condition of the skin improves in the summertime as a result of increased excretion of oil and sweat. Ichthyosis is treated with hot baths containing soda or table salt, followed by lubrication of the skin with emollient creams. Cod-liver oil and vitamins may be taken internally (in particular vitamin A). In the summer, prolonged sojourns in the south can be helpful (sea bathing).


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The major potential use in home for alligator skins is decorative accessories.
Buyers with more time to spare, though, like nothing more than to bling up their ride - requesting a range of added extras, from alligator skin and gold buttons to hand-embroidered headrests.
She might have coughed up pounds 23,484 for a new Louis Vuitton which, it says here, justifies its price by being made from cut-up bits of 15 different Louis Vuitton bags and incorporates rare feathers and alligator skin.
He fit right in afterward, too, sporting a silver (OK, it was gray) pinstriped suit with black accents, and silver/gray-and- black alligator skin loafers.
The logo of the sportswear company,an alligator,came from Mr Lacoste's nickname after he made a bet with an American player over a game, with the prize being an alligator skin suitcase.
Converted by the enterprising Jak from a former alligator skin warehouse, it was a mould- breaking shindig palace.
The display will in-clude zebra skins, ivory, stuffed crocodiles and alligator skin handbags, all of which had been seized by custom officers.
Bianca Mosca operates an online made-to-order (MTO) service for wallets, cardholders, pouches, bracelets and iPhone cases that allows visitors to customize their order online with a multitude of choices including selecting the color of alligator skin, stitching and linings.
Bryant Park Belts offers plenty of genuine leather belts for all kinds of occasions, from formal belts for weddings and bar mitzvahs to exotic alligator skin belts for those special parties where you want to stand out.
This iPhone 4S is enveloped in freshwater alligator skin and specially treated with sprinkle of gold dust.
New York, Oct 6 (ANI): Former child actors turned high-end fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's controversial 39,000-dollar alligator skin backpack was the first item to sell from their new nine-piece handbag range.
The introduction of GMT feature will be lead with three new design models such as the 3D carbon leather or the "vintage racing pack" black perforated leather with red eyelets and the genuine alligator skin soft touch coated.