Hypertrichosis or werewolf syndrome is extremely rare and unfamiliar disorder. It is a condition characterized by excessive hair growth anywhere on the body except on areas like soles, hands, and feet.

Hypertrichosis can affect both women, men. This rare disorder usually appears at birth or develop over time. Studies show that from one billion people, only one is afflicted by werewolf syndrome.

Hypertrichosis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Hypertrichosis Causes

The causes of hypertrichosis remain unclear. There are some researchers that consider it as a genetic disorder. It happens because of mutation of genes or has been inherited. Moreover, werewolf syndrome is associated with cancer-related.

It happens after the person had cancer with certain medicines and metabolic disorders which will lead to hypertrichosis.  The untreated infection and malnutrition are also other contributing factors in the development of hypertrichosis.

Hypertrichosis Symptoms

The most obvious symptom of hypertrichosis is abnormal hair growth. The following symptoms are for people who have acquired hypertrichosis.

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  • Having terminal hair that is pigmented or unpigmented
  • In some people, they may have gums that are enlarged or teeth defects
  • The excessive hair may be centered on one area or over your entire body

Hypertrichosis usually produces three types of hair.

  • Vellus. This is hair that is fine, light-colored, and short. The hair will develop on the body except for the soles of feet, backs of the ears, lips, and palms, or on scar tissue from childhood. The hair is less than the one-thirteenth inch long
  • Lanugo. This type of hair is very soft and fine with no pigment. They found on the body of a newborn baby. The hair will go away on its own within days or a few weeks after the baby born
  • Terminal. The hair is long and thick, and usually very dark

Hypertrichosis Treatment

There is no cure for this rare disorder. The treatment is undertaken to manage hair growth. Treating hypertrichosis involves the removal of hair through a variety of short-term methods. Here are some of the popular treatments:

  • Shaving. Regular shaving along with the use of hair removal creams can also be done to manage unwanted hair growth temporary
  • Hair bleaching. This treatment procedure is popular and usually coupled with hair waxing to manage abnormal hair growth. However, the result is temporary
  • Electrolysis hair removal.  This treatment procedure promises long-term results. The root of every hair follicle is applied with electric current through a very fine needle-shaped metal probe or electrode. It requires multiple sessions to completely remove hairs so it is quite
  • Laser hair removal. This treatment is permanent hair removal and needs multiple sessions to completely remove the abnormal hair growth. It has similarities with electrolysis removal but only uses laser light. Swelling and redness are visible in the affected areas after the treatment but normally disappears shortly
  • Medication. Medications are taken to reduce hair production usually by administering luteinizing hormone