Doll photographed by Erin Shain
Is it the same as hirsutism?There is a huge difference between the causes of the two types of excess body hair. Hirsutism hair is caused by the presence of male hormones.
Hypertrichosis is abnormal and excessive hair growh anywhere on the body of a person of any age, sex or ethnic group.
The congenital condition results in excessive body hair that may cover the entire face and entire body in many cases. This is known as the werewolf syndrome. Luckily it is a very rare condition worldwide.
Hypertrichosis simply means there is inexplained excessive hairiness at a body area. These hair are normally present from birth to death. It can be found anywhere on the bodies of both sexes.
The spot of excessive hair can be as small as a tiny hairy mole. Or the whole body can be covered with hair. Different races have different amounts of body hair. The amount of body hair is normally inherited from the parents. It’s in the genes.
The werewolf syndromeIn the most severe cases the body can be totally covered with hair. This is known as the werewolf syndrome. The medical term is ambras syndrome. Huge differences in severity of the condition can be found.
Werewolf sufferers have a specific gene present that leads to this medical condition. It is not the same medical condition that leads to excessive hairiness in women who suffer from hirsutism.
Hirsutism in women is caused by problems with the endocrine system that releases the male androgen hormones in the body. These women have an excess of male androgen hormones in their bodies.
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