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Who is most at risk for hypertrichosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Those who have illnesses that encompass the whole body system and those on drugs that may cause hypertrichosis are most at risk for the condition. Any trauma or constant rubbing of the skin can put you at risk for the localized form of hypertrichosis. Osteomyelitis or an inflammation of the skin, for example, a vaccination site, can increase your risk. People with porphyria cutanea tarda (a problem with enzymes) have been known to contract hypertrichosis.

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