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Unwanted hair

Also known as Abnormal hairiness and Hirsutism

Hirsutism is the excessive hairiness on women in those parts of the body where terminal hair does not normally occur or is minimal - for example, a beard or chest hair. It refers to a male pattern of body hair (androgenic hair) and it is therefore primarily of cosmetic and psychological concern. Hirsutism is a medical sign rather than a disease and may be a sign of a more serious medical condition, especially if it develops well after puberty. The amount and location of the hair is measured by a Ferriman-Gallwey score.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of unwanted hair are hirsutism, obesity, and acne. Other possible causes, such as ovarian torsion, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with unwanted hair often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), pelvis exam, other non-or therapeutic procedures on skin and breast, ultrasonography, examination of breast, lipid panel, excision of skin lesion and chlamydia test .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with unwanted hair include eflornithine topical, minocycline, tretinoin topical, l-methylfolate, 5-hydroxytryptophan, ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol, tazarotene topical, doxepin, desloratadine (clarinex), benzoyl peroxide topical, thyroid (usp) (armour thyroid), metronidazole topical product and pramipexole (mirapex) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for unwanted hair include age 30-44 years sex == female. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get unwanted hair.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.5x
5-14 years
0.9x
15-29 years
0.9x
30-44 years
2.3x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
0.4x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
0.2x
Female
1.6x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.1x
Other
0.5x
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