Hirsutism

Hirsutism is excessive hair growth in certain areas of a woman’s face and body, such as the mustache and beard area, that creates a “male pattern” of hair. Women normally can have fine, pale, faintly visible hair in these areas, but heavy hair growth in a male pattern with coarse or colored hair is not expected. Normal patterns of hair growth and hair distribution vary widely, determined mostly by racial background. For example, whites as a group have more facial and non-scalp hair growth than do blacks or Asians, and white women of Mediterranean heritage normally have more hair growth than do women from Nordic countries. Hirsutism in women means that hair follicles are being over-stimulated by testosterone or other androgen hormones. Androgens are the dominant sex hormones in men. Women normally have low levels of androgens. Hirsutism can be caused by abnormally high levels of androgens or abnormal stimulation of hair follicles even when androgen levels are normal. What causes hirsutism?? _The natural production of male harmine(androgen) _polycystic ovarian syndrome _harmonal changes of menopause Medications. The following medications can cause hirsutism: Anabolic steroids Testosterone Glucocorticoids Cyclosporine (Sandimmune®) Minoxidil (Loniten®, Rogaine®) Danazol (Danocrine®) Phenytoin  Risk factors: Family history. Several conditions that cause hirsutism, including congenital adrenal hyperplasia and polycystic ovary syndrome, run in families. Women of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian ancestry are more likely to have more body hair with no identifiable cause than are other women. Being obese causes increased androgen production, which can worsen hirsutism Symptoms: Deepening voice Balding Acne Decreased breast size Increased muscle mass Enlargement of the clitoris Homeopathic treatment: Thyroidinum Corticotrophinum (ACTH) Sepia Apis mellifica Baryta carb Ignatia Calcarea carb Thuja Folliculinum, Oleum j,

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