Hypertrichosis-Extra Hair Growth and Removal

| August 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

The condition in which a person experiences a lot of extra hair growth on his/her body is called Hypertrichosis in medical terminology. In this condition hair is seen on body locations where they are not normally present. The good news however for people who have this medical condition is that there are solutions available.

Hypertrichosis is by no means a common condition. As a matter of fact, there are only fifteen verified cases of the condition since the middle ages.

Lanugo is a very fine layer of un-pigmented hair that covers a developing fetus in its mother’s womb. This hair provides necessary protection to the fetus and normally falls off after the eight month.

Congenital Hypertrichosis

In the case of Congenital Hypertrichosis, the Lanugo keeps growing and stays on the body after birth, throughout the person’s life.

Another form of this affliction is Congenital Hypertrichosis Terminalis in which the Lanugo hair is pigmented. A person having this condition is often referred to as having werewolf- or ape-like appearance.

Naevoid Hypertrichosis

This is yet another variation of Congenital Hypertrichosis in which there is typically one location where an extensively abnormal amount of hair are present. This form is not always considered congenital because it can appear both before and after birth.

Acquired Hypertrichosis symptoms can include un-pigmented vellus hair or terminal pigmented hair. Whichever occurs, the hair can cover the entire body, or it may just cover one exact location such as the person’s eyebrows.

Although the cause of the condition is yet to be determined, there are theories that point to it being an inherited genetic problem or an unplanned gene mutation. Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa has often been found in people who develop cancer at a later point in their life. Cancer-related Hypertrichosis is generally found as hair on the eyelids, nose and face and is rather fine.

Researches tend to think that certain metabolic disorders that result from the use of drugs such as ciclosporin and oral phenytoin can cause Hypertrichosis.


With Hypertrichosis, a form of hair removal is considered the best treatment.

Treatments can include: shaving, hair removal creams, laser treatments, electrolysis, etc.

Laser treatments and electrolysis can be expensive, and they should only performed by professionals. Skin discoloration, scaring and rashes can result from the treatments.

Unfortunately, extra hair growth in the form of Hypertrichosis cannot be treated with medicines, so hair removal is the only option you have. Select the method that is best for you to enjoy a hair free life.

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