Ichthyosis, Kava, Herbal Supplements, Alternative Therapies, Kava Dermopathy, Kava Ichthyosis, Xerosis



  1. Peterman, Kaeleigh
  2. Reynolds, Emily


ABSTRACT: Acquired ichthyosis is an uncommon finding in the outpatient dermatology clinic. This case portrays a presentation of ichthyosis induced by the medicinal drink, kava, which is becoming a more mainstream beverage in American culture. This case provides an overview of the clinical presentation of ichthyosis and a historical background on kava as well as recent studies on kava-induced ichthyosis or kava dermopathy. It also highlights the need to consider the use of herbal and alternative therapies when considering the underlying causes of skin disorders.