An 8-year-old girl born with excessive hair all over her body is hoping to undergo laser treatment very soon. According to the Daily Mail, the little girl — who has only been identified as “Xiaoling” from Guilin City in China — was born with hypertrichosis, a rare condition often referred to as “Werewolf syndrome.”
For those who haven’t heard of hypertrichosis, it is a genetic abnormality that allows hair to grow exceedingly, which technically means the cells that usually prohibit excessive hair growth are ineffective, hence the extreme amounts of hair all over the little girl’s body. Even if the hair is shaved, it eventually grows back excessively, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
“Hypertrichosis is the term used for the growth of hair on any part of the body in excess of the amount usually present in persons of the same age, race, and sex, excluding androgen-induced hair growth. In its generalized and circumscribed forms, hypertrichosis may either be an isolated finding, or be associated with other abnormalities. Therefore, accurate classification of hypertrichosis is mandatory. Excessive hair may cause cosmetic embarrassment, resulting in a significant emotional burden, particularly if extensive. Treatment options are limited, and the results of therapy not always satisfactory.”
Due to the rapid hair growth, she’s now covered from head to toe with distinctive amounts of hair that make her uncomfortable around other children. Although the condition is quite debilitating, there’s actually a way to resolve the issue.
Now, Xiaoling is hoping to raise money for laser treatment to combat the condition. The type of laser treatment she is seeking could possibility result in permanent hair removal, which would serve as a cure for her condition. It has been reported that fewer than 40 cases of the condition have been recorded, so it is not guaranteed that the laser treatment would resolve the issue. But, at this rate, the little girl’s parents are willing to try.
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