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Hirsutism

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Hirsutism is defined as a disorder where women grow abnormal amounts of stiff, dark colored hair in areas where it is not normal for women to grow hair. Examples are the face, the chest and the back. While this can be distressing enough in and of itself, there are also a number of conditions that can cause it. Some of these conditions need to be addressed from a medical perspective in order to prevent additional complications from occurring.

Potential Causes

Many people that suffer from this particular condition have to deal with it because of one of two reasons. One of the most common reasons is because of hormone imbalances that cause the body to generate too much testosterone, or androgen, thereby causing excessive hair growth. In some cases, women deal with this because they have a hereditary disposition to grow more hair than normal. For some individuals, it is due to medications they are already taking for another condition and for some, the cause is never identified. In these cases, it is known as idiopathic hirsutism.

Other Medical Conditions

Certain individuals suffer from it because of more pressing medical conditions. In some cases, tumors can cause excessive hair growth, as can Cushing’s disease and polycystic ovary syndrome. Cushing’s disease can cause a number of other complications throughout the body and polycystic ovary syndrome can cause a woman to deal with fertility issues. In most cases, medications designed to manage these conditions will also manage the excessive hair growth by dealing with the problem that is causing it.

Additional Complications

Some people that suffer from severe hormone imbalances have to deal with a lot of additional complications as well. Examples are a changing voice, excessive acne, an enlarged clitoris and even going bald. Fortunately, treatment can usually be administered in these cases that cause the hormones to become more balanced throughout the body, thereby limiting the complications that could result.

Effective Methods of Eliminating Unwanted Hair

For anyone who is suffering from this condition and cannot find an underlying cause, it is relatively easy to manage. There are a number of procedures that can be done to limit the hair growth in unwanted areas, ranging from waxing to laser treatments. In some cases, special creams can be applied. Some women simply prefer to pull the hairs out with tweezers. However, this method can be time-consuming and also means that women will have to deal with it on a regular basis, doing it several times a week. Other treatments can be much more effective in limiting hair growth.

Summary

One thing is certain, no one wants to suffer from a condition like this because it can have a dramatic impact on a person’s confidence. If you or someone you know does suffer from the condition, it is important to find out if there is an underlying medical condition and then address it if one is found. Otherwise, addressing the excessive hair growth directly can help you manage it so that it no longer becomes an issue.