16 children develop the & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39; after taking contaminated medication on the Costa del Sol in Spain
- Sixteen children took medication that was infected with minoxidil, a cure for alopecia
- A pharmaceutical company from Malaga had suspended its license in July
- Minoxidil found its way to omeprazole, used to treat indigestion
- Health officials advise parents to check batch numbers at pharmacies
Sixteen children have the & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39; developed after infection with contaminated medicines in Spain.
The young have hypertrichosis – hair growth throughout their body – after taking a formula contaminated with minoxidil, a cure for alopecia.
The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products ordered that several batches of Farma-Química Sur SL, a pharmaceutical company from Malaga, be withdrawn from the market on 11 July.
The children received infected omeprazole, used to treat acid reflux and indigestion, as part of a formula.
File photo of an Indian schoolboy with hypertrichosis (left) and a file photo of a Mexican man with the same condition (right)
Health sources told El Pais it was noted that when the children stopped taking the medicine, their hair growth decreased.
Parents are advised to seek medical help if their child has received the formula and to contact their pharmacy if they have purchased an affected party.
Officials believe that the infection may have affected up to 30 Andalusian pharmacies.
Farma-Química Sur SL has suspended its license and cannot produce, import or distribute medicines.
The pharmaceutical company has a supplier in India and it has been reported by Granada Hoy, the infection was done at the source.
Spanish authorities say that the problem only concerns formulas for children and that adults using omeprazole capsules should not worry about developing the & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39 ;.
What is & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39 ;?
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 gender.
Patients can be born with the condition or develop it later in life.
It excludes excessive hair caused by abnormally high levels of male hormones.
A Nepalese mother and her children with hypertrichosis, also known as & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39; (file photo)
Excessive hair can cause cosmetic shame, resulting in a significant emotional burden.
The treatment options are limited and the results of the therapy are not always satisfactory.
No method of hair removal is suitable for all body locations or patients, and the method chosen depends on the character, area and amount of hair growth, as well as the age of the patient and their personal preference.
The currently available treatment methods include cosmetic procedures; bleaching, cutting, shaving, picking, resins, chemical depilatories and electrosurgical epilation; and hair removal using light sources and lasers.
Laser assisted hair removal is the most efficient method for long-term hair removal currently available.
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