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Symptoms of Hirsutism

The following features are indicative of Hirsutism:
  • excessive growth of hair in male patterns or acne
  • balding
  • decreased breast size
  • increased muscle mass
  • enlargement of the clitoris

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Common Causes of Hirsutism

The following are the most common causes of Hirsutism:
  • increased level of androgens
  • polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • tumours

Risk Factors for Hirsutism

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hirsutism:
  • family history
  • ancestry
  • obesity

Prevention of Hirsutism

No, it is not possible to prevent Hirsutism.
  • unknown prevention

Occurrence of Hirsutism

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Hirsutism cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Hirsutism most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 18-38 years

Common Gender

Hirsutism can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hirsutism

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hirsutism:
  • Blood Test: To measure the levels of androgen in the blood
  • Ultrasound: To check ovaries and adrenal glands abnormalities
  • Computed tomography (CT scan): To check ovaries and adrenal glands dysfunction

Doctor for Diagnosis of Hirsutism

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Hirsutism:
  • Dermatologist
  • Endocrinologist

Complications of Hirsutism if untreated

Yes, Hirsutism causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hirsutism is left untreated:
  • emotional distress
  • depression
  • irregular periods
  • birth defects
  • inhibit fertility

Procedures for Treatment of Hirsutism

The following procedures are used to treat Hirsutism:
  • Electrolysis: To damage and destroy the hair follicles
  • Laser therapy: To damage hair follicles and prevent hair from growing

Self-care for Hirsutism

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hirsutism:
  • Plucking: Using tweezers to remove a few stray hairs
  • Shaving: Removes the hair at the surface of the skin
  • Waxing: Remove unwanted hair grows
  • Chemical depilatories: Breaking down the protein structure of the hair shaft

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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