Number of children with & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39; after infection with medicines in Spain rises to 17
- Number of babies & # 39; s diagnosed with & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39; rises from 16 to 17
- The newborn babies 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, which is used to treat indigestion
- Health officials advise parents to check batch numbers at pharmacies
Spanish health officials have confirmed that 17 newborn babies & # 39; s are diagnosed & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39; received after being infected with contaminated medicines.
The children have hypertrichosis, which causes hair growth throughout their bodies, after taking a formula contaminated with minoxidil – a cure for alopecia.
Sixteen infants were initially diagnosed Monday with the & # 39; werewolf syndrome & # 39; after they had taken the contaminated medicine throughout Spain.
But a new case was discovered yesterday, bringing the total number of babies with the condition to 17.
Ten babies are affected in Cantabria, four in Andalusia and three in the Valencia region.
File photo of an Indian schoolboy with hypertrichosis (left) and a file photo of a Mexican man with the same condition (right). Seventeen patients have been diagnosed in Spain
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and Health Products ordered that several batches of Farma-Química Sur SL, a pharmaceutical company from Malaga, be withdrawn from the market on 11 July.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 babies received contaminated omeprazole, used to treat acid reflux and indigestion, as part of a formula.
Angela Selles, a mother from Granada, said her son, Uriel, was six months old and the & # 39; eyebrows of an adult man & # 39; received.
She told the Spanish newspaper El Pais: & # 39; Suddenly my son started to grow hair on his forehead, his cheeks, his arms and legs, even his hands, and he developed the eyebrows of an adult man.
& # 39; It was scary because we didn't know what happened to him. & # 39;
The factory of the Spanish chemical company Farma-Quimica Sur SL in Malaga, southern Spain, where the infected alopecia medication was produced
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.
The Spanish agency withdrew a first batch from the market last month when 13 cases were reported.
At the start of this month, three more reports were made and another batch of Pharma-Química Sur & # 39; s medicine was withdrawn from the pharmacy.
Officials believe that the infection may have affected up to 30 Andalusian pharmacies and more than 50 batches of the drug.
Farma-Química Sur 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 ;.
According to Worldwide newsAs soon as children stop taking the contaminated medicine, they should see a reversal of the symptoms of hypertrichosis.
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.
It is a very rare condition with which patients are born or develop later in life.
It excludes excessive hair caused by abnormally high levels of male hormones.
Throughout history, those affected have been a source of great interest and have performed in traveling circuses and freak shows.
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.
Treatment methods include cosmetic procedures, bleaching, cutting, shaving, plucking, resins, chemical depilatories, 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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