I have heard about the episode of the X-files where they had a character who was supposed to have Ichthyosis...apparently he was a member of the freaky Jim Rose's Circus (you know the one with members that have piercings everywhere and make themselves bleed as forms of art?).it is very degrading to depict such conditions the way media has.
Laura, i was really saddened to hear the story about the halloween book...that is awful..i remember being in primary school and using PVA glue, the kids would say it looks like my skin when it dried on their skin. I was also surprised that ichthyosis is so recognised to even be "linked" to a halloween costume...in Australia I have hardly come across the term, other than from doctors. People usually say, "itchy what?".