Baby Develops Fish Scales on Skin: Lamellar Ichthyosis
A fourteen-month-old baby boy in eastern China has developed fish scales on his skin, from a condition known as Lamellar ichthyosis, which arises from a lack of pores in his skin.
Doctors think that his condition means that his body cannot cool itself and the fish scales started appearing just a few days after he was born. Little Song Sheng's body cannot sweat so it develops these fish scales that then peel away. His family has to bathe him in baths of ice to try and control his body temperature.
Song Dehui, his father, said: "He is in a lot of pain all the time and if we don't have enough ice he gets a fever."
There is no known cure for Lamellar ichthyosis.
"It can be treated but not cured so we are praying for a miracle or a folk medicine cure," his father said.
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