A variety of factors impact hair growth, and not all of them are under our control, such as in the case of congenital hypotrichosis. To understand this term, let’s break down the words. Congenital means “present at birth” that usually describes a condition or abnormality. Other disorders that may be congenital are down syndrome, club foot, and Edwards syndrome. Hypotrichosis is a genetic condition in which a person experiences little to no hair growth. This condition will usually stay with the person throughout their lives.

Symptoms

The symptoms of hypotrichosis will vary from one person to another, and it’s also possible that a person with the condition may not display all the symptoms or to the same severity as another. This condition’s symptoms are as follows: Alopecia (hair loss), hair loss if the eyebrows, sparse or missing eyelashes, sparse or lack of hair on the scalp, and coarse hair.

Diagnosing

This condition is rare; as such, it may be necessary for a medical professional to examine a person’s medical history. They may also undergo a physical examination as well as lab testing.

What causes a person to develop hypotrichosis?

Hypotrichosis is typically the result of genetic abnormalities or issues with the development of the embryo. There are many different types of hypotrichosis, and generally, they are pretty rare. The hair in areas impacted by this condition tends to stay short, dry, and rough. Additionally, the hair may be prone to breakage. Unfortunately, there are no treatment options for those with hypotrichosis.

A person with hypotrichosis may not be bothered by the condition, or it may bother them quite a bit. Much of this depends on environmental factors, the severity of the condition, and their confidence as an individual.
Like many conditions that impact a person’s physical appearance, there is a risk of developing body dysmorphic disorder or be extremely conscious of their physical appearance to the point of being embarrassed, ashamed, and anxious. A person may also avoid social interactions and situations. In cases such as these, therapy may be beneficial to help a person cope and deal with their unique situation. Having a good support system around can be very helpful in coping, too. It is important to note that a person doesn’t have to have a condition that impacts their physical appearance to develop body dysmorphic disorder. Additionally, a person who has a physical condition may not develop body dysmorphia disorder.

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