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What Causes Hair Growth
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Used to have to shave legs daily. Now can go three or four days before stubble gets noticeable. What can cause hair growth to slow in your 20s?
Hair problem: Actually, what you described as happening now is more normal than what it was before, so i'd not be concerned of that. ...Read more
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
Excessive hair: Women normally produce low levels of male hormones (androgens). If your body makes too much of this hormone, you may have unwanted hair growth.In most cases, the exact cause is never identified. It tends to run in families. In general, hirsutism is a harmless condition. But many women find it bothersome, or even embarrassing. ...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
I have pcos, but normal testosterone levels. If these levels are normal, what could cause abnormal hair growth on my body?
Other androgens: We see normal total testosterone levels in some who have elevation in free testosterone. Also, other hormones which are weaker androgens can be involved, like dheas. Pcos is a diagnosis of exclusion; other causes of hyperandrogenism have to be excluded, like non-classical cah. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increased blood flow: Injury healing usually causes an increase in blood flow to the injured area. This can lead to swelling in the area, as well as in the ankle, wrist, hand or foot beyond the area of injury. Increased blood flow can make the area fell warmer to the touch than the other side, and hair growth may speed up temporarily, too. ...Read more
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