Skin disease when curable can be tolerated to an extent. But being born to a disease, which makes the entire body look like a strange creature can be both painful to the victim, family and the people who get a glimpse of such people. Patients suffering from such disease, pull themselves back away from the society and try never to see a daylight.
Such is the condition of Shama, the two year old hailing from New Delhi who suffers from a skin condition called lamellar ichthyosis that affects one in six lakh people. The condition has caused hardening of her skin and given her lizard like scale. Her skin also peels off from time to time and leaver her in pain.
The symptoms of the disease include plate like scales that are brownish in colour and are caused by genetic issues that affect shedding of skin. It can also lead to over heating and skin tightening as it restricts blood flow.
It also leads to difficulty in moving hand joints, hair loss and issues with eyes. Skin cells are produced at normal rates but not shedding normally results in this condition.