A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis
I had a question the other day about epidermolytic hyperkeratosis.
Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis is a genetic skin disorder that’s present at birth.
Affected babies may have very red skin (erythroderma) and severe blisters.
Because newborns with this disorder are missing the protection provided by normal skin, they’re at risk of becoming dehydrated and developing infections in their skin or throughout their body (sepsis).
As affected individuals get older, blistering is less frequent, erythroderma becomes less evident, and the skin becomes thick (hyperkeratotic), especially over joints, on areas of skin that come into contact with each other, or on the scalp or neck.
This thickened skin is usually darker than normal.
Bacteria can grow in the thick skin, often causing a distinct odor.
Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis can be categorized into two types.
People with PS-type epidermolytic hyperkeratosis have thick skin on the palms of their hands and soles of their feet (palmoplantar or palm/sole hyperkeratosis) in addition to other areas of their body.
People with the other type, NPS-type, don’t have the extensive palmoplantar hyperkeratosis but do have hyperkeratosis on other areas of their body.
Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis is part of a group of conditions called ichthyoses, which refers to the scaly skin seen in individuals with related disorders.
However, in epidermolytic hyperkeratosis, the skin is thick but not scaly like in some of the other conditions in the group.
Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis affects approximately 1 in 200,000 to 300,000 people worldwide.
To deal with epidermolytic hyperkeratosis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.
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