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Our 7 year old has picked all her eyelashes and eyebrows..

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Our 7 year old has picked all her eyelashes and eyebrows.. She says they hurt
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 2 months ago.


Im sorry to hear about your daughter. Now from what you are describing it is possible that your daughter may be suffering from a disease which is known as Trichotillomania. This is a condition in which the person feels a desire to pull their hair from the scalp, eyebrows or even eyelashes. There is an overwhelming need to do so either due to a compulsion or due to feeling of pain in their hair follicles. It can come and go over the years and can subside for several years at a time. Usually it starts in the early teens but there have been cases in which this starts as early as at 5 years of age. This disorder can be treated with psychotherapy and with medication provided it is discovered in time. The best way to determine if this is the cause here would be to have your child evaluated by your doctor who can determine if this is the case and then have her refered to a child psychiatrist.

Now before trichotillomania is a considered as a cause you doctor will also evaluate her for conditions which might actually be causing her pain in the region from where she has pulled the hair. It is possible that this her way of telling you that she has headaches in the frontal region of the skull or even behind the eyes. if this is the case then sinusitis should be considered as a diagnosis alongwith several other headache disorders. A complete clinical examination as well as neurological examination should be able to determine if an organic medical disorder is causing the problem. this can involve getting a CT scan done of the head as well as examination of the eyes to rule out neurological causes.

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