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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.
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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