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Hypertrichosis Remedies and Home Cure


Hypertrichosis should not be confused with Hirsutism. Hypertrichosis is the excessive hair growth over and above the normal for a paricular age, sex and race of an individual. Hirsutism is excess hair growth in women following a male distribution pattern. Hypertrichosis can develop all over the body or can be isolated to small patches.

Hypertrichosis Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa

Causes of Hypertrichosis

The cause of Hypertrichosis are attributed to the genes. Some causes includes:

  • Genetic syndromes.
  • Drugs reaction - secondary reaction to exogenous medications viz: acetazolamide, cyclosporine, corticosteroids, heavy metals, hexachlorobenzene, interferon, minoxidil, penicillamine, phenytoin, streptomycin.

Types of Hypertrichosis

  • Acquired Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa - People with 'acquired hypertrichosis lanuginosa' will have lost their lanugo hair prior to birth. Similar hair growth acquired later in life should be more accurately described as Vellus hair. Excess Vellus hair growth frequently affects the face but may inculcate other regions.
  • Congenital Hypertrichosis & Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa (CHL) - Congenital hypertrichosis is a general term for any excessive hair growth visible on a child at birth. This may involve the entire body having a covering of fine long hair, or be restricted to specific areas.

Treatment of Hypertrichosis

The treatment of hypertrichosis is same as any other excess hair growth ailment. The only cure is hair removal. Several methods are available but need to be repeated regularly as hair continues to grow back. They may also cause scarring, dermatitis or hypersensitivity reactions. Common methods for hair removal are:

  • Repeated shaving
  • Chemical epilation
  • Electrolysis and thermolysis
  • Waxing
  • More recently, laser hair removal has been proposed as a treatment option. It appears to have fewer side effects and produces a longer lasting result.

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