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Dr. Khurram Rehman Dr. Rehman
Fertility Medicine
22 years in practice
University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School
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What causes excessive hair growth on a woman's stomach after baby?

What causes excessive hair growth on a woman's stomach after baby?

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.

Scalp (Definition)

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


Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What causes excessive hair growth in anorexic people?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes excessive hair growth in anorexic people?

Anorexia: Excessive hair called lanugo hair is result of poor nutrition and hormonal changes.

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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What causes excessive hair growth? And how we can stop it?

What causes excessive hair growth? And how we can stop it?

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.

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Dr. Khurram Rehman Dr. Rehman
Fertility Medicine
22 years in practice
University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School
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What could cause excessive hair growth on my chin and back as a female under 30-years-old?

What could cause excessive hair growth on my chin and back as a female under 30-years-old?

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.

Dr. Emily Altman Dr. Altman
Dermatology
24 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

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.

Dr. Shelly Friedman Dr. Friedman
Dermatology
35 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. John Ebner Dr. Ebner
Dermatology
14 years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can protein deficiency cause excessive hair growth?

Can protein deficiency cause excessive hair growth?

Usually the opposite: Low protein intake is often the cause of hair loss. However, the quality of the protein and overall nutritional health can impact greatly the ability to grow hair. Excessive hair growth is usually not the result of vitamin or nutritional deficits.

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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?

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?

Possibilities: Several possibilities, you'd need to be tested to get a firm idea. With regular periods, most specialists would agree you do not have pcos. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia or idiopathic hirsutism are two other possibilities, but there are more. Your doctor can help you.

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Traub Dr. Traub
Fertility Medicine
15 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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Why do anorexic girls have excessive hair growth on faces?

Why do anorexic girls have excessive hair growth on faces?

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.

Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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?

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?

Hair removal: Epilation and threading are the most common ways of dealing with unwanted hair. You can have a dermatologist also laser it off but it takes several sessions.

Dr. Khurram Rehman Dr. Rehman
Fertility Medicine
22 years in practice
University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School
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Help. My problem is excessive hair growth on my face.?

Help. My problem is excessive hair growth on my face.?

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.

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Dr. Khurram Rehman Dr. Rehman
Fertility Medicine
22 years in practice
University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School
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What can be done for excessive hair growth on a female?

What can be done for excessive hair growth on a female?

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.

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

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.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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?

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?

Androgens, PCOS/hair: The male hormones (androgens) that the PCOS produces will enhance hair growth throughout the body where male hair growth occurs genetically. In other words, facial, chest and diamond shaped pubic hair when the effects are excessive.

Dr. Amr Azim Dr. Azim
Fertility Medicine
26 years in practice
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I have excessive hair growth on my stomach below belly button (a girl). Why other girls don't have it?

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.

Dr. David Geffner Dr. Geffner
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
50 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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How to control excessive hair growth?

How to control excessive hair growth?

Depends: On where it is - face? See an endocrinologist to determine the cause first. Treatment will follow from the reason you have too much hair.

Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
Dermatology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Samuel Freedman Dr. Freedman
Pediatrics
5 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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Excessive hair growth for a female? How much is too much?

Excessive hair growth for a female? How much is too much?

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.

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Dr. Michael Fox Dr. Fox
Fertility Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Any conditions that lead to excessive hair growth in men?

Any conditions that lead to excessive hair growth in men?

Very rare: Only hormone producing tumors would cause this effect. These tumors are exceedingly rare. In men, hair growth is genetic and can be progressive over time due to male hormone exposure. So hair may continue to grow and thicken over one's life.