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#19926 - 11/30/03 11:07 PM My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
Icthy82 Offline
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Registered: 11/30/03
Posts: 5
yea it sucks, i absolutely hate it, sometimes i think im a freak cuz i cant even take my shirt off without feeling so different. I have it only on my lower back (i cant get rid of it at all), some on my arm, on my thigh and a bit on my buttocks.

Heres the story, when i was young my parents said my skin was absolutely fine (we lived in a tropical area). Around grade 2, when we moved to Toronto, Canada my skin became progressively worse, finally moving to edmonton (dry, cold climate) pushed me to the edge and my skin got worse. My brother on the other hand, has no icthyosis and his skin is soft and perfectly normal.

My icthyosis doesnt hurt, the scales dont go away it looks glued on! I always feel dry. Using lac-hydrin makes my skin feel softer and removes about 20% of the scaling thats about it.

I want to get rid of the scaling, but it seems like its deep into the epithelial layers and there is no flaking really.

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#19927 - 12/02/03 05:57 PM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
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Registered: 02/13/03
Posts: 536
Consider moving back to a tropical climate. If your scales are not bad enough for you to get heat intolerance, you can live anywhere, and would have some cosmetic problems only. But if you have trouble sweating in a cold and dry cliamte, think about moving. It is not easy, but it's an option.
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#19928 - 12/03/03 03:11 AM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
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Registered: 11/30/03
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well moving would be an awesome option.... i was thinking of houston or chicago, hopefully thats close enuff in terms of humidity?

in the meantime tho, im more concerned about the cosmetic part of my problem. my skin is dry, but it isnt really all that dry. i cant get rid of the scales! lac hydrin doesnt penetrate into the scales....thats whats killing me, i dont wanna show my gf what it looks like. what can i do while im here?

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#19929 - 12/03/03 05:32 AM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
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Registered: 02/13/03
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I don't think a Chicago winter would be any better than Canada. What would really do the trick, if you have the more prevalent form of Ich, such as Vulgaris (even a severe case) would either be South Florida or Hawaii in the United States.

You may want to try the salt bath that I hear so much positive testimonials about. I hear that it is great for exfoliating the scales. I may be in Hawaii, but I work in air-conditioning, and the scales (severe vulgaris) are present. I should try the salt bath, but I am paranoid about submerging myself in water for an extended period of time. Past experience tells me that it would be drying on the skin. I need to give it a try though.
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#19930 - 12/03/03 07:10 AM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
Ep2952 Offline
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Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 60
Loc: CANADA
Hi promiseland and Icthy82- You guys should try the salt baths, they work great.We are having snowy,cold weather here now. Usually, by this time,my skin would be at it's worst.Because of taking regular salt baths,my skin is more in it's summer time condition. I used to use regular table salt and I thought it worked well, but Pauline and some of the others said sea salt was better. I tried the sea salt and they were right- there's a silkiness to the skin that wasn't there with the regular salt. I don't think I'll ever go back to bath oil, because this works better. Promiseland, I don't think that salt baths will dry out your skin.You can actually feel moisture in the water with sea salt in it.

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#19931 - 12/04/03 03:28 PM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
Chandra Offline
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Registered: 11/20/00
Posts: 707
Loc: Grants Pass, OR
You might want to try at least moving to the coast. Being by the ocean should help a little bit more, even if it's not a tropical type climate. I don't know if the wind would be a problem for you or not though, maybe the others would.
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#19932 - 12/04/03 11:56 PM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
threerxli Offline
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Registered: 01/14/03
Posts: 515
Loc: virginia
We moved from Wisconsin, and stayed in Virginia due to our boys skin. They have x linked. I have to say they were best in North Carolina where the weather stays incredibly humid..we were in Jacksonville for almost four years. Being in Virginia we are ok, except for the dry months. November through about march. This is still a huge improvment from what they would be like if we moved back to Wisconsin. LOL I do not really remember having summer there! (Im Kidding) The fact that you wrote what you did really hit home with me, I always wondered if they would hate me for moving back to where our family is...here they do not have the social trouble they might back there. You have a good point. Thank you

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#19933 - 12/06/03 09:16 PM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
Les Avakian Offline


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Registered: 08/13/00
Posts: 680
Loc: Fresno, Calif. USA 93705
Hello Ichthy and Everyone
Sorry I havent been responding to your posts. My computer was down for a while and it is not registering the dates of the new posts. As for your problem Ichty, if you have X-LINKED ichthyosis and can afford it, may I suggest you move out to California,Florida, or a milder climate.Many of my X-LINKED friends in the central valley and southern california dont have to experience the harshness of the cold winters of the east coast, midwest, and what you experience in Canada.This morning I watched on TV the snow falling in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia and cannot imagine how bad it would affect my skin.I use lachydrin as you do, and find it works very well.Take care Ichthy.
Sincerely,
Les
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#19934 - 12/07/03 02:39 PM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
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Hey people,
I have to agree with you on how weather effects us and I have a perfect example. I live in southern california where our temperatures rarely get below 50. Any of you who know me know that I rarely use lotions and creams except on my face and my scales stay pretty much the same year round except for when it gets real hot. Well, over the thanksgiving weekend I went and visited my inlaws in northern part of the state about 400 miles from where I am now. The daytime temps were in the 40's and I felt the effect instantly. Within one day I was so dry I could hardly move and ended up going to the local drug store and getting some eucerin and gooped it on all over which is something I rarely do. It took several days after getting back home before I could stop using the eucerin. Moving to a more hospitable climate definently is better for our skin during the winter months, but is it worth it??? You have to take into consideration the cost of living in these places, the rent and property values here are outrageous and the job market isn't that great. You could spend far more to buy/rent a home here then you would buying gallons of your favorite moisturizer each month. I always here promiseland say "move to hawaii the weather is great for our skin" ( I am in no way putting you down or picking on you promise), currently I have 3 differnt places I could live there on two differnt islands at relatives houses. I would end up in the same boat as so many other people do, can't find a decent job to pay for the extremely high cost of living. Most people I know who live over there have 2 jobs just to get by. To sum it all up, the more favorable climates are great for us but be prepared to pay twice as much for rent or mortgage and make only 10 to 15% more then other areas in wages. The average price for a lot here, a very small lot compared to many places, with what we call a "knockdown" house on it is easily $400,000. It's rediculous. Keep these things in mind when thinking about moving, it's very tough to make it in the more favorable climates because it is a more sought after area.
Keith.

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#19935 - 12/08/03 10:05 PM Re: My name is Icthy82, and i have icthyosis...
Promiseland_dup1 Offline
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Registered: 02/13/03
Posts: 536
Hi Keith,

You certainly make a good point about the cost of living. I will reiterate that caveat as well as others I have made as well. Not only is the cost of living higher than average, but there is also the cost of possibly leaving friends and family as well as a familiar cultural surroundings. This applies even more so to Hawaii than to South Florida, let alone the Carribean.

To what extent relocation helps anyone with something other than severe vulgaris I really don't know. That's why I also include that caveat generally.

But I do speak with supreme confidence on the impact of a more hospitable climate on severe vulgaris. And I do harp on this single issue for a number of reasons: (1) I do find the weather to be a prime determinant of the condition of severe vulgaris, but I had to learn this the hard way, through trial and error and not through an advise forum such as this, (2)
I am not speaking theoretically, but drawing on personal experience backed by conventional (but understated) clinical understanding, (3) the paradox of "heat intolerance" can be complicated.

Basically, I am addressing my point to younger people, not those of us have planted roots in a particular community. Younger people need to understand that if their condition is highly susceptiable to the weather, but have a hard time braving snowy winters or dry climates, they have an option to relocate, especially for college.
The earlier the relocation, if that option is chosen, the better. Again, I am speaking from experience. I had ten "lost" years from 18 to 28. I should and could have relocated when I was 18. But I didn't have good foresight and adequate information. And I have had to play catch-up ever since.

I will do all I can to recommend to people to investigate the option of relocation because we don't live in a communist country with an internal passport system. But I will not tell people to "come to Hawaii," as if there is no liability on my part to do so. Even if there is no legal liability for making such a suggestion (or any other suggestion on this board), there is moral liability or guilt feelings. What if someone were to move to Hawaii and something bad happens, like a mugging or something? Besides, I am not in any position to help anybody with time or money.

The only thing I can do is to raise awareness of the option to relocate on this board. People can investigate which place has the best weather for them in the States or world wide and the pros and cons of moving. I would be remiss if I don't speak up as much as I can.

Hope you get a chance to visit Hawaii soon. Take care.
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