is a type of ichthyosis
. Symptoms vary but commonly include inflamed, red, scaly skin, short, brittle, lustreless hair, and a predisposition to allergy problems (e.g., to nuts, hay fever, and asthma). Symptoms may be mild or severe and tend to present in infancy. Failure to thrive and recurrent infection are possible complications in infants with this syndrome. Netherton syndrome is caused by mutations in the SPINK5
gene. It is inherited in an autosomal recessive
The goals of treatment are to manage symptoms and prevent skin infections and other complications. This may include the use of lotions and creams, antibiotics, topical steroids and other therapies.
Last updated: 4/21/2016