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Hypertrichosis: Types, Causes, and Treatment


Hair growth in an excessive amount on any part of the body is called as hypertrichosis. It can be caused due to lack of nutrition in diet or some eating disorders. Certain medications are also known to cause it.

Interestingly, it is also called as the Werewolf syndrome because of the excessive hair growth all over the body.(1)

- It can affect both the genders but is a rare condition.
- It can be first noticed at the age of 2 years.
- It can be self-diagnosed.
- Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa: It appears initially as fine hair on baby’s body but does not disappear over the time; instead goes on appearing all over the body.
- Congenital hypertrichosis terminalis: This also appears at birth and continues to grow so much that it covers the face and body of the person.

Nevoid hypertrichosis: Excessive hair growth in a particular patch of the body. Hirsutism: This affects only the women and affects the body parts which generally do not have much hair.
Acquired hypertrichosis: This develops much later in life.


The major symptoms exhibited by this condition are as follows:
- Hair growth in excessive amounts, which is unusual.
- Thick hair growth developed by women in body parts which in general do not have much hair


Treatment of hypertrichosis can be done in ways including short-term or long-term methods.
- Shaving
- Trimming
- Waxing
- Hair bleaching
- Chemical epilation

Laser surgery can be done to permanently treat the condition.

Specialists: At mfine, we invite all the people trying to deal with some kinds of medical conditions that has caused them discomfort or pain. Through our treatment programs, we wish to deliver treatments that would be long-lasting and healing.

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