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Does hypertrichosis affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
As an adult, the condition of hypertrichosis can be emotionally distressing and difficult enough to bear. Children subjected to this emotional trauma have a much more difficult time of dealing with this problem. They are made fun of by their peers and are perceived as freaks. They will feel embarrassed and ashamed, avoiding interaction with other children. They are not emotionally developed enough to handle this ordeal and the long term effects can follow them into adulthood. Several common treatments for hair removal, such as waxing, laser hair removal, and  electrolysis, can be painful and more difficult for children to endure.

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