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Matting of body hair
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Binitha MP, Khader A, Padma S. Matting of body hair. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2017;83:462-463
A 47-year-old healthy man presented with “black lesions” on the chest which were noticed since morning, when he had rubbed himself with a towel after taking bath. Examination revealed the hair on the chest to be tangled and bunched up into knots, which could not be unravelled [Figure - 1].
'Matting of hair' is a rare condition, characterized by knotting and rolling together of multiple hair shafts due to friction, most commonly when the hair is wet. This condition is similar to wool felting, where compacting of contiguous fibres occurs when exposed to friction and compression in the liquid medium. Matting of body hair has been rarely reported in Asians, as they are shorter, straighter and thinner than in Caucasians and Africans.
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