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What is hypertrichosis?

12 July 2022

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What is hypertrichosis? | Dr de Freitas

The hypertrichosis or syndrome of ambras, is nothing more than a symptom where basically the body of the person is covered largely by hair, and this gives an appearance of "werewolf syndrome", in this article we will develop a little What is hypertrichosis and how to treat it?

This hair problem is the opposite of when we think of a disease that affects hair growth, since most of the time we think of the absence of hair, not excessive hair growth.

What is hypertrichosis or ambras syndrome?

It is a condition in which the patient who has it suffers from excessive hair growth in areas where it should not be found, excessive hair on the hands, neck and back. 

It can also affect newborns, we can see a baby with a lot of hair on the body or simply with large eyebrows. 

This hair growth can occur in different parts of the body, and is indistinct for men and women, it affects equally. 

In women, body hair can also develop on the face, hands, back and neck. 

The fact that a person suffers from thicker hair does not exactly mean that he or she suffers from hypertrichosis or trichosis, it usually happens that due to a genetic issue a thicker hair is present, however, it should not be confused.

Causes of hypertrichosis in men and women

Now let's talk about the possible causes that may exist for a person to suffer from this syndrome of ambras and find most of his body covered with hair, the areas where it should not be found. 

By medication, the excess hair can be produced by the application of some medicine, such as minoxidil for example.
Through scarring or constant rubbing on the skin, as a defense mechanism, the body or affected area begins to become covered with hair.

By genodermatosis, which is basically the development of a syndrome, and in most cases is associated with an alteration of the X chromosome.

Symptoms of mild or severe hypertrichosis

The symptoms of ambras syndrome presented by patients are as follows: 

Appearance of hair in areas where there should not be.
Thicker hairs in common areas where it is covered.
In the case of a female patient, the hair is more noticeable and aggressive than in the case of male patients.

How to treat hypertrichosis or syndrome of ambras?

In order to treat hypertrichosis, there can be a short term treatment or a long term treatment, it all depends on what are the objectives to be achieved: 

Shaving with blades, body hair removal creams or depilatory wax.
Laser hair removal. This can generate more long-term and satisfactory results for patients.

Conclusion of hypertrichosis

Hypertrichosis, or trichosis, is basically a condition, genetic or induced, that is triggered by the appearance of excessive hair in areas where it is not normally found.

The existence of men with a lot of hair does not mean that there are symptoms of trichosis, it can be due to a totally normal genetic condition and they do not have to suffer the werewolf disease.

This hair syndrome is generated in people with genetic alterations in the X chromosome or by some medication, in that case it must be evaluated to take the most appropriate treatment and keep our skin healthy against possible hair treatments that can be carried out.

As a solution or treatment for hypertrichosis, laser hair removal is one of the most recommended alternatives for this type of patients, as it allows them to remove hair from areas where they do not want to have it.