What Is Hypertrichosis?

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3. Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa

When developing in the womb, babies will be covered by a type of fine hair known as lanugo. This hair will usually fall off before they are born, but not always. Some are born covered with this fine hair, but it will usually fall out within a couple of weeks or so.

This is not always the case, however, and congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa is a condition in which this fine hair continues to remain. The hair remains soft and fine and it will grow on various different parts of the body. This type of hypertrichosis is less noticeable, meaning the patient is less likely to be self-conscious of the condition.


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