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Facial Hair (Definition)

Facial hair is a physical characteristic usually found on males where hair grows around the chin and lower portion of the face. The development of facial hair usually begins during puberty. Additionally women can occasionally develop facial hair but it usually happens when hormone levels change, ...Read more


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Hi! I am 31/F. Putting on weight and have trouble with coarse facial hair. My thyroid is normal. Is it possible I have PCOS?

Hi! I am 31/F. Putting on weight and have trouble with coarse facial hair. My thyroid is normal. Is it possible I have PCOS?

PCOS: Main reason for putting on weight is that you are eating more than you are burning. Recommend you get loseit or fitness pal and track calories in and burned daily for a week or two and then adjust calories in to get to goal you want. ...Read more

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Dear Sir or Madam, I have hypothyroidism. How often should my thyroid levels be checked? Does hypothyroidism cause facial hair growth? Thank you.

Dear Sir or Madam, I have hypothyroidism. How often should my thyroid levels be checked? Does hypothyroidism cause facial hair growth? Thank you.

Levels: If you're newly diagnosed and started on thyroid replacement therapy, your TSH and free T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels need to be checked every 6 weeks until your levels are in the desired range. Once they are in the desired range then maintenance levels can be checked once every several months or so or sooner if you have persistent symptoms. Hypothyroidism tends to cause one to lose hair rather than growth. ...Read more

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I'm 30 and have been developing symptoms that make me think I'm experiencing premature menopause or a thyroid complication. Hot flashes (since around age 23 or 24) acne far worse than as a teen (since late 20's) quite a bit of facial hair growth (since la

I'm 30 and have been developing symptoms that make me think I'm experiencing premature menopause or a thyroid complication. Hot flashes (since around age 23 or 24) acne far worse than as a teen (since late 20's) quite a bit of facial hair growth (since la

Thirty: Thirty would be extremely young fo rmenopause. I am glad that you have had testing performed by your physician and endocrinologist. It may be helpful to keep a log of your symptoms and review them with your physician or specialist in the future so that they are aware of all of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Thyroid removal (6 growths, 1 possible cancer) and taking synthroid (thyroxine). Can this help regulate for weight loss and facial hair issues? I can't lose weight.

Thyroid removal (6 growths, 1 possible cancer) and taking synthroid (thyroxine). Can this help regulate for weight loss and facial hair issues? I can't lose weight.

Yes: Hypo (=low)thyroidism can lead to weight gain. Normalizing the thyroid level can regulate those hormones and lead to normal thyroid level weight. Obviously weight gain and loss is a balance of calories in and out from exercise and diet as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tired, diagnosis insomnia, losing hair, facial hair, TSH and other labs normal (no T3 (liothyronine) or 4 ran) seeing sleep & derm. What could it be? Thyroid issues in fam

Tired, diagnosis insomnia, losing hair, facial hair, TSH and other labs normal (no T3 (liothyronine) or 4 ran) seeing sleep & derm. What could it be? Thyroid issues in fam

Keep looking: Check thyroid antibodies. If positive, then the normal TSH could be abnormal in someone with autoimmune thyroid disease. Sleep apnea is very prevalent, even in non obesed pts so make sure that's looked at as well. ...Read more

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What can I use to get rid of facial hair under my chin neck area?

What can I use to get rid of facial hair under my chin neck area?

Hair removal: Laser hair removal is good for removing dark hairs. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. Electrolysis can be used on all hairs. There is always shaving and plucking. ...Read more

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Excessive facial hair in girl. Is there a cure for that.

Excessive facial hair in girl. Is there a cure for that.

Depends on the cause: It depends on the cause of excessive facialhair, in females it is called hirsutism. Hirsutism can be caused by1 cuushing syndrome due to adrenals producing excess cortisol 2genetic masculising 3 polycyctic ovarian syndrome.
There is treatments available like laser haor rmoval which is very effective, electrolysis. ...Read more

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Will the going on the pill cure my excessive facial hair?

Will the going on the pill cure my excessive facial hair?

This is serious: Especially if your periods are irregular, this is serious business and your physician needs to be your guide. The oral contraceptive pill may be right for you, and not just for birth control, but for other health benefits. In the meantime, a laser or electrolysis Rx can end the facial hair troubles. ...Read more

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Excess hair growth in women can be drug related? Facial hair for example?

Excess hair growth in women can be drug related? Facial hair for example?

Depends on the drug?: Hirsutism is a term used to describe increased hair growth in women where hair doesn't usually grow like the jaw/back/abdomen. This can be associated with drugs, most commonly drugs with androgen activity like steroids, danazol, progestens, methyldopa, etc. Can be a sign of an underlying hormone disorder associated with disease like obesity, diabetes, polycystic ovary, or a hormone releasing tumor. ...Read more

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In grown facial hair has cause excessive facial swelling is there any simple at home procedure?

In grown facial hair has cause excessive facial swelling is there any simple at home procedure?

No: If you have excessive facial swelling associated with an embedded or ingrown hair, attempting to resolve the infection with a home remedy could be more painful and result in a more extensive problem. You should see your primary care physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do some women have excessive body and facial hair? I also will go months sometimes without a period.

Why do some women have excessive body and facial hair? I also will go months sometimes without a period.

Possible PCOS.: Some women suffer from a condition called pcos or polycystic ovarian syndrome which is a spectrum of issues from excessive body and facial hair to menstrual irregularity to truncal obesity and even Insulin resistance. Get checked out by your gynecologist so that tests can be run to ensure that medication is not called for. ...Read more

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I have a teenage daughter who has excessive facial hair she shaves and it leaving bumps everywhere what can I do I also have some onmy chin?

I have a teenage daughter who has excessive facial hair she shaves and it leaving bumps everywhere what can I do I also have some onmy chin?

Hypertrichosis: Excessive facial hair can be due to hormonal irregulation. You need to, first, see your pediatrician to rule out adrenal associated problems and/ or polycystic ovarian disease. Morbid obesity also causes such problems.
Laser hair removal is an option. It does not cause hair folliculitis (like shaving does) and after 4-6 sessions, it permanently solves the problem. If an etiology, treat that 1st. ...Read more

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Hi, I m srinu, 30yrs, male. I have excess facial hair extending toward front side of my face which I want to restrict to sides of my face. Please sugge?

Hi, I m srinu, 30yrs, male. I have excess facial hair extending toward front side of my face which I want to restrict to sides of my face. Please sugge?

Unwanted facial hair: Laser is an option - If you have dark skin, try to avoid IPL type of lasers. Look for someone with a 1064 nm laser. If the hair is hormonal it may respond to eflonithine cream. Electrolysis works. Waxing is temporary and shaving is likely what you are doing now. ...Read more

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What can my primary care doc do about my excess facial hair?

What can my primary care doc do about my excess facial hair?

Facial hair: There is a prescription called vaniqua that slows the growth of hair. Thus, you would not have to shave, wax or pluck as often. The best treatment to remove hair is with the hair laser. However this may take between 5-10 treatments which is not covered by insurance. The laser only works with black or brown hair not blond or grey. ...Read more

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Will rogaine (minoxidil) for men cause excessive facial hair growth on women?

Will rogaine (minoxidil) for men cause excessive facial hair growth on women?

No: Rogaine (minoxidil) only acts directly where it is applied. Men put it on their scalp in the front receding hairline area of in the back circle of hair loss. Women get more of a female pattern baldness when is overall equal hair loss from the entire scalp. You may use rogaine (minoxidil) for this, but be sure to wash your hands so you don't transfer it to areas where you don't want hair growth to be encouraged! ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more