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Darier disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • Darier White Disease
  • Darier's disease
  • Keratosis follicularis
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Treatment

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How might Darier disease be treated?

Basic measures to manage Darier disease may include using sunscreen, wearing cool cotton clothing, and avoiding hot environments. Moisturizers with urea or lactic acid can reduce scaling. A low- or mid-potency topical steroid is sometimes useful for inflammation.[1]

The affected skin may smell unpleasant, which may be due to bacteria growing in the rash. If bacterial overgrowth is suspected or there is a lot of crusting, it can be helpful to apply antiseptics or soak in astringents.[1]

Topical medications may include topical retinoids (i.e., adapalene, tazarotene gel, or tretinoin). Topical retinoids may reduce hyperkeratosis within 3 months. However, irritation is a side effect.[1] Other medications may include acitretin, isotretinoin, cyclosporine, or oral retinoids (eg, acitretin, isotretinoin). Oral retinoids have been the most effective medical treatment for Darier disease, leading to reduction of symptoms in 90% of affected people. However, prolonged use is limited due to adverse effects.

Other treatments may include oral antibiotics to clear bacterial infection, oral acyclovir to treat or suppress herpes simplex virus infection; dermabrasion; electrosurgery; and Mohs micrographic surgery for localized areas.[2]

Last updated: 3/6/2014

References
  1. Kwok PY, Fitzmaurice S. Darier disease. Medscape Reference. September 21, 2012; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1107340-overview. Accessed 3/6/2014.
  2. Goldsmith, Lowell A., Baden, Howard P.. Darier-White Disease (Keratosis Follicularis) and Acrokeratosis Verruciformis. In: edited by Freedberg, Eisen, Wolff, Austen, Goldsmith and Katz. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, 6th edition. McGraw Hill Companies; 2003;


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Darier White Disease
  • Darier's disease
  • Keratosis follicularis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.