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What is hypertrichosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Hypertrichosis is a condition of excess hair growth in areas that hair does not normally grow. Generalized hypertrichosis can cause hair to grow anywhere on your body, while localized hypertrichosis means that hair grows in excess on particular areas. This is not the same condition as hirsutism, which is caused by excess androgen (a male hormone) production, and causes excessive amounts of hair to grow in places where, typically, only men have hair.

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