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What are the different categories of hypertrichosis?

There are four categories of hypertrichosis. First there is congenital generalized (covering the whole body) and congenital localized (covering only certain areas). Then there is acquired generalized and acquired localized. Congenital forms of this condition are always primary (caused on their own), while acquired forms can be primary or secondary (caused by other issues such as drugs and illnesses). Each of these forms has several variations making up a large variety of different types of this condition.

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