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Eyelashes Grow In Woman’s Mouth Due To Rare Condition

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Learn about the 5 vitamin deficiencies that can show up on your face, from puffy eyes to bleeding gums. Photo courtesy of Pexels, Public Domain

Talk about having a hair lip, or a particularly bad hair day.

Previously, there have been multiple cases of people growing hair in unusual and odd places. However, few would compare to this recent case, where an Italian woman apparently started growing eyelash-like whiskers in her mouth due to a very rare condition.

As documented in the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, the currently unnamed patient reported that she first knew something was up when she discovered small hairs in her gums during the age of 19. During that time, doctors diagnosed her with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and surgically removed the offending follicles along with prescribing her birth control pills.

And the surgery worked, albeit for only a short time. When the patient returned to the clinic six years later, doctors discovered “even more widespread presence of oral hairs” on her gums as well as her chin and neck areas, according to the report.

Per doctors, her intraoral condition had apparently worsened because she had reportedly stopped taking the contraceptives that was part of her initial treatment.

According to Mayo clinic, the woman’s situation is very uncommon. This is because while PCOS in itself can cause excess facial and body hair to grow in odd places, there have only been five previously reported cases of oral hirsutism, or hair growth in the mouth. Due to this, the report ended without finding the exact cause behind the woman’s follicular anomaly.

Hirutism in Women

According to studies, about half of all people with hirsutism have an excess of androgens, which are hormones that usually trigger male physical and sexual development, such as increasing body size, intensifying the growth and pigmentation of hair and stimulating hair growth itself. And because higher levels can easily overstimulate hair follicles in the body, this can lead to more hair growth than a woman would normally experience.

There’s also idiopathic hirsutism, which is excessive hair growth in women with normal androgen levels, regular menstrual periods and no other underlying conditions. This means that the condition has no identifiable cause.

Woman's lips Learn about the 5 vitamin deficiencies that can show up on your face, from puffy eyes to bleeding gums. Photo courtesy of Pexels, Public Domain

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