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A child with rare skin condition finds relief with cannabis oil.
A Las Vegas family was trying to cope with caring for their child born with a painful genetic skin disorder called lamellar ichthyosis. This condition is so rare that according to the National Institutes of Health, it affects only one person in 100,000. There are no certified pediatric dermatologists in Nevada or specialists who can help due to its rarity.
Lamellar ichthyosis is a condition that mainly affects the skin with intense dry skin that forms painful scales that covers the entire body. Infants with lamellar ichthyosis become obvious when babies have scaly skin and eyelids and lips that are turned outward. Due to the nature of this condition infants may develop infections, dehydration, and respiratory problems.
A child named Carter Gret Padelford was born recently with this genetic skin condition on Nov. 26, 2016.
"The skin has scaling all over it," Shai Sifford, the boy's mother explains. "Just rough patches of really dry skin that don't go away."
The family has hit almost nothing but closed door in the medical community. There best defense had been an industrial size vat of coconut oil which they applied to the baby Carter, head to toe, eight times a day. This would also include having to exfoliate his scales away every three days - a painful process which they dreaded.
After reading an article on the effects of cannabis oils with chronic skin conditions, Shai-Anne decided to test the oil on Carter in August 2017. Carter's parents swear that he is now a completely different toddler than he was seven months ago and his scales have almost completely vanished. The family says the oil has helped loosen the skin on his eyelids allowing them to finally close and he also does not need his painful exfoliation routine as often.
Shai-Anne said: "Doctors didn't offer us much advice or help. I feel they neglected us because they didn't know what was going on.
Dr. Erin Mathes, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at the University of California San Francisco was recently interviewed about lamellar ichthyosis and had this to say:
"It's important for them to know that there are lots of other children out there that are like Carter," Dr. Mathes said. "If a patient with Ichthyosis makes it through infancy — which now more and more patients are doing--then they can have a normal life expectancy."
The benefits that hemp oil can provide to the skin and hair when applied topically are bountiful. Sharing how cannabis has given life back to baby Carter, can provide hope for parents everywhere struggling with their child's skin conditions.
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