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Excessive hair growth anywhere on the body

Symptoms of Hypertrichosis

The following features are indicative of Hypertrichosis:
  • excessive hair growth usually longer than expected over entire body
  • mild facial abnormalities
  • teeth anomalies
  • deafness

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Common Causes of Hypertrichosis

The following are the most common causes of Hypertrichosis:
  • paracentric inversion mutation of the q22 band of chromosome 8
  • anorexia
  • hormone imbalancement
  • hyperthyroidism
  • cancer
  • use of anticonvulsants

Prevention of Hypertrichosis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hypertrichosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • hair removal by depilation and epilation methods

Occurrence of Hypertrichosis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Hypertrichosis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Hypertrichosis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • At birth

Common Gender

Hypertrichosis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hypertrichosis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hypertrichosis:
  • Clinical examination: To diagnose an occurence of hairs that are not androgen-sensitive

Complications of Hypertrichosis if untreated

Yes, Hypertrichosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hypertrichosis is left untreated:
  • emotional burden
  • embarrassment

Procedures for Treatment of Hypertrichosis

The following procedures are used to treat Hypertrichosis:
  • Laser hair removal: An effective method of hair removal on hairs that have color

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Hypertrichosis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Hypertrichosis:
  • Depilation methods: Few methods like trimming, shaving and depilatories removes hair to the level of the skin
  • Epilation methods: Few methods such as plucking, waxing and threading removes the entire hair from the root

Time for Treatment of Hypertrichosis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Hypertrichosis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Disease cannot be treated but only maintained or effects reduced

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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