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Hirsutism Treatment

Hirsutism is a condition in which unwanted hair growth like that of men happen on women’s face. It results in dark hair growth in the areas like chest, face and back. The hair is usually thick and opaque. This problem mainly arises because of the presence of male hormones in females.

What are the Causes?

At puberty, the female body produces a mix of both male and female hormones, and this is the reason for the growth of hair in armpits and pubic area. In hirsutism, the glands start producing more male hormones.

Hirsutism can be caused by:

  • A tumour If the body is producing an androgen-secreting tumour in the ovaries and adrenal glands.
  • Medications There are medications which cause hirsutism. These medications are used to treat women who suffer from depression.
  • Imbalance of sex hormones is the most common cause of hirsutism. It also results in infertility, irregular periods, and obesity.

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

The signs and symptoms are visible as they are happening externally. Some of the signs include:

  • Deepening of voice
  • Excessive hair loss or balding
  • Decreased breast size
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Enlargement of the clitoris

How is the Diagnosis Made?

A blood test is required to check the amount of hormones. Theses hormones include testosterone and other male hormones. For further evaluation, the doctor will ask to perform an imaging test like x-ray or computed tomography (CT scan) to examine ovaries and adrenal glands for cysts. The doctor will also review your abdomen to monitor any tumour, if present.

How is the Treatment Pursued?

  • Medications like oral contraceptive (birth control, hormonal contraceptives) can treat hirsutism because they contain estrogen and progesterone, which fight back with balanced androgen production.
  • The topical cream is a prescribed cream only for women. It is applied directly on the face, and it will reduce the new hair growth, but it will not be beneficial in reducing existing hair.
  • Laser therapy To damage the hair follicles and to prevent them from growing, a beam of highly concentrated light is passed on the face. This treatment requires several sittings to work effectively. You may feel swelling and redness for some time.

What are the Complications associated with the Treatment?

  • The regular intake of oral contraceptives can lead to infertility in the women.
  • The patient might experience dizziness, headache, stomach upset and nausea.
  • Skin discolouration and burns.
  • Repeated removal can cause swelling and excessive redness.

Follow up

There are as such no follow ups after the procedure. You can perform daily activities. Apply the prescribe gel on the area for redness and swelling and avoid touching the area.

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