According to my doctor, I have "mild" hirsutism. While it may not be that advanced, I can constantly see new hair growth and hair patterns forming. Meanwhile, my doctor tells me that it's not an issue #although she only briefly checks my arms/stomach#. While I ususally trust opinions of doctors, the new hair makes me doubt whether or not it's not as problematic. So far the hair growth has interferred with my life and if I can curb the hair growth or at least know what to expect then my mind will be at ease. Will hirsutism continue to progress until it reaches the more "advanced" stages, or will it eventually stop?
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!
Left untreated, hirsuitism can advance. Excess hair on face and on body in females is usually due to excess of male hormones called androgens and this is called hirsutism. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of hirsutism. Adrenal gland problems like adrenal tumors, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Addisonâs disease or Cushingâs syndrome also result in excess hair. At times the hair follicles are very sensitive to androgens in blood. This results in excess hair. Disorders of endocrine glands like pituitary, thyroid too cause this problem. Hormone changes of pregnancy too cause this.
You need to consult an endocrine specialist to rule out these problems. Treatment can include laser removal, hormone therapy and local creams. Please discuss this with your doctor and get investigated. Hope this helps. Take care!
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