Excessive Hair - Information, Causes and Treatment
Hirsutism is excessive hair growth that generally occurs in the midline of the body. When this is associated with recession of hairline, deepening of the voice, loss of female body shape, and the development of male pattern pubic hair it is called virulism.
Hirsutism can range from a few dark chin hairs to a miniature mustache and sideburns to a full beard and hairy chest. Many women have what they perceive to be excess hair growth. In reality, the pattern of hair growth may be normal. Ethnic variations due exist; African Americans are less susceptible to hirsutism because they have fewer hair follicles per surface area than Caucasians.
Excessive hair growth in women is usually an undesirable symptom. It can often be associated with infertility or irregular menstruation due to anovulation, but many times it occurs with no menstrual or ovulatory disturbance.
There are two types of hairs,
Excess androgen hormones make terminal hairs heavier and thicker. Sometimes they can also make the fine vellus hairs convert to terminal hairs. Once the vellus hairs convert, lowering the hormonal levels will not make them go back to fine, vellus hairs. Once that happens, removal of the entire pilosebaceous unit by dilapatory creams, electrolysis or laser heating is the only way stop the excess growth.
Excessive hair growth in women is usually from too much male hormone androgen. A common cause is polycystic ovarian syndrome. In most cases, however, the specific cause is never identified. It tends to run in families. In general, hirsutism is a harmless condition. But many women find it bothersome, even embarrassing.
The main causes includes:-
A number of things can cause excessive hair loss. For example, about 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.
The important treatments for excessive hairs are as:-
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