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The disorder that I choose for this discussion is Hypertrichosis, also known as werewolf syndrome. ” It is a disorder that is characterized by excessive body hair. Typically the entire body with the exception of the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet are covered in dense hair, which can resemble fur.” This syndrome is extremely rare and only about 50 cases have been known worldwide. Is is believed that our ancestors had genes that caused extensive hair growth to maintain warm during that era. This genes now are believed to be inactive due to the fact that we have obtained other methods to stay warm and they are no longer needed. The cause of hypertrichosis is unknown, it is believed to be the result of spontaneous mutation in the womb. It can be present at the time of birth or it can appear over time. Due to extensive hair growth, ones skin may be sensitive to light and might suffer from malnutrition and vitamin D deficiency. At this time Hypertrichosis has no known cure and there isn’t anything that can be done to prevent it. Some of the temporary solutions include cosmetic procedures such as shaving, waxing, laser hair removal or electrolysis, which is the destruction of individual hair follicles. People with hypertrichosis may experience anxiety and depression or low self-esteem, one of the best ways of coping is to join support groups, therapy and antidepressant medications. Rare Disease InfoHub can help provide communities and groups to help people cope.
https://rarediseases.oscar.ncsu.edu/disease/hypertrichosis-cubiti/communities/?community:sort=desc#general-rare-disease-support-groups Links to an external site.
https://www.flushinghospital.org/newsletter/unusual-but-true-werewolf-syndrome/Links to an external site.
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320048Links to an external site.
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