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What Causes Excessive Hair Growth On Your Scalp
Most likely PCOS: There are a few conditions that can cause unwanted hair growth in women (hirsuitism). Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is the most common, affecting 8-10% of women. Hair growth in the midline of the body (face, chin, lower stomach, back) can be due to pcos. Weight gain can make pcos symptoms worse. We diagnose pcos with blood tests and a sonogram, and treatments can reduce the hair growth. ...Read more
Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more
Anorexia: Excessive hair called lanugo hair is result of poor nutrition and hormonal changes. ...Read more
Several causes: In your age group several potential causes for excessive hair growth are 1st- genetics (not much to do about that one in this part of the 21st century), 2nd- hormonal irregularities (see endocrinologist), 3rd could be medication. Some drugs such as Dilantin can cause unwanted hair growth in normally UN-hairy individuals. If cause is not identified then, electrolysis or laser are good txs. ...Read more
Could be PCOS. ..: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is the #1 cause of unwanted hair. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular/no periods 2. Clinical signs like acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones 3. Ultrasound appearance of polycystic ovaries: high volumes or antral follicle counts. Adrenal gland problems can also cause xs hair. See an OB or rei / fertility md. ...Read more
May I ask how isotretinoin causes excessive hair growth to the face and body? This happened to me following ingestion of one 20mg cap. Vellus hairs.
Isotretinoin & hair: Isotretinoin is not known for causing hair growth. Some people that take Isotretinoin may experience hair shedding, a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. That happens after a time of taking isotretinoin. One tablet of Isotretinoin does not provide enough concentration in the blood to cause symptoms. Please consult your dermatologist regarding new hair growth. ...Read more
I have excessive hair growth and is getting worse. I also have majority of my fat in my belly but regular periods. What could be causes of this?
Is laser hair removal safe? Does it cause cancer or skin pigmentation? I have excessive hair growth and really want to get rid of it.
Several reasons: There can be several reasons for that. The thyroid hormone may be abnormal and can cause changes in hair patterns. More commonly, the absolute amounts of female hormones are much lower and therefore the relative amounts of male hormones are usually higher and may cause those changes. ...Read more
I have excessive hair growth on my leg? What can I do to slow or stop the leg hair growth? Please tell me some natural ways to stop it?
Could be PCOS: The most common cause is polycystic ovarian syndrome or pcos which affects about 8 to 10% of women. Simple blood tests and an ultrasound scan of the ovaries are needed to diagnose this condition and check for rarer causes of hair growth like adrenal gland problems. Birth control pills, anti-testosterone medications or vaniqa can reduce facial hair growth. See a rei specialist or ob/gyn for help. ...Read more
Find cause & treat: The most common cause of xs hair is polycystic ovarian syndrome or pcos, which affects 8-10% of women. We diagnose pcos with an ultrasound scan & blood tests, looking for adrenal gland problems or other causes. Treatments may involve: birth control pills to lower free testosterone in the blood, anti-androgen medications like spironolactone, vaniqa cream, electrolysis or laser hair removal. ...Read more
I am 56 year old female with excessive hair growth on my face like a beard. Why do I have this problem when my mother does' t.
Genetic: In some cases excess facial hair in women is familial and could be from your father's side of the family. In other cases it is due to abnormal glandular problems. An endocrinologist is the best type of physician to evaluate this problem. ...Read more
Other than facial hair growth can PCOD also result in excessive hair growth on other parts of the body like hands? Does it have long lasting effects?
I have excessive hair growth on my stomach below belly button (a girl). Why other girls don't have it?
Hirsutism: Excessive hair growth in the midline that is coarse dark and pigmented is called hirsutism and it indicates increased level of male hormone. It require evaluation to determine its truly hirsutism and what is the source of increased androgen: the ovary, the adrenal gland or somewhere else. Sometimes a tumor in the ovary or adrenal is the cause but mostly benign. Treatment options are available. ...Read more
Hirsutism: Excessive hair is usually defined as a male-pattern. This would include hair around the nipples, midline of the abdomen, inner thigh, arms, legs, back, buttock, face, chin, sideburns, upper lip. ...Read more
Good question: Remember, we all have hair all over our bodies. So pretty much all moles will have a hair follicle within them. Sometimes these hairs are a little coarser/thicker than the surrounding hairs. We don't really know why that happens but it is pretty common and does not mean anything bad. ...Read more
I am 34 years old female, my dheas is 663. I am experiencing excessive hair growth. All other blood work came back normal. Is that highly elevated?
Seems quite high:
look at the upper normal range - usually ~300.
so yours is quite high. Further evaluation is very important to define other hormone changes and help localize source between adrenal and ovaries. Based on the results appropriate imaging studies likely to be needed. Would be available to discuss endocrine approach to diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more
I heard there's hormonal pills for hirsutism.. excessive hair growth, I'm black and I was wondering do these pills stop hair growth on head as well?
No: No, they work on the areas where the hair follicle is sensitive to (male) hormones by inhibiting the effect of testosterone which accelerates growth. In the case of the head (scalp) hair the excessive testosterone effect leads to hair falling (androgenetic alopecia) and this can be mitigated by the anti hirsutism pills. Thus these pills would slow head hair falling, not slow hair growth on head. ...Read more
No: Whether you get a Becker's (only about 1 guy in 200 is so fortunate) and whether you're hairy over the rest of your body are independent. I hope you like whatever Mother Nature gave you. Richard Gere loves his Becker's, and most of your male friends are at least a little bit jealous if you're super-hairy. You can shave, but consider leaving the Becker's along; many folks will think it's way-cool ...Read more
You need treatement. First you need to verify you have PCOS by seeing a specialist.
Birth control -> Increased (SHBG) Sex hormone binding globulin that binds excess testosterone, reducing hair growth.
Spironolactone -> decreases Testosterone levels
Weight loss -> Reduces insulin levels which can cause elevated testosterone
Laser/Electrolysis treatment: -> permanent treatment. ...Read more
Yes, some at risk: Ovarian cysts are very common and can cause pain, or no symptoms at all. However, a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) can cause many serious problems. Women with pcos usually have irregular periods, infertility and abnormal hair growth. Unusual hair growth in a woman should be evaluated. ...Read more
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