There is no specific treatment for this disorder.
Some things you can do include:
- Wear a wig and dentures to improve appearance.
- Use artificial tears to replace normal tearing and prevent drying of the eyes.
- Spray the nostrils with saline nose spray often to remove debris and prevent infection.
- Live in a cooler climate and take cooling water baths or use water sprays to keep a normal body temperature (water evaporating from the skin replaces the cooling function of sweat evaporating from the skin).
Having ectodermal dysplasia will not shorten your lifespan, but you must pay constant attention to temperature regulation and other problems associated with this condition.
- Brain damage caused by increased body temperature
- Seizures caused by high fever (febrile seizures)
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if your child shows symptoms of this disorder.
Review Date : 10/28/2008
Reviewed By : Michael Lehrer, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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