Hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia syndrome is a disease that causes nail dystrophy (discoloration, damage, or infected nails), alopecia (baldness), and palmoplantar hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin around the soles of the feet and palms). Other symptoms include brittle hair, loss of hair in the armpits or on the face, nails that appear white, and clubbing of the fingers. Symptoms are typically visible when the baby is born, but they can also start to appear a little later on during infancy.
Hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia syndrome is caused by a change in the genes, and cannot be prevented. Hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia syndrome is not life threatening, but there are currently no treatment options. Each case of the disease has varying levels of severity, and the symptoms can be different. An official diagnosis is made after a baby starts to show symptoms and a genetic test is performed to check for this specific disease. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with hidrotic ectodermal dysplasia syndrome; support groups are a great resource for information and support.
Description Last Updated: Nov 25, 2017