Excessive hair growth in men is generally genetically decided. There is no known implication associated with excess hair in men. It is not a disorder.
However, excessive hair growth in women is normally because of an underlying medical condition. The male pattern hair growth in women is termed as 'Hirsutism'. There can be many medical reasons for women having extra hair growth. The most common reasons are:
1. Increase in the levels of male hormones circulating within the body. These male hormones are called 'testosterone'. The levels of testosterone can be checked through a blood test.
2. Problem with the ovaries – women with excessive hair can be suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), where the ovaries get enlarged and a number of cysts form around them. An ultrasound can determine if the problem exists.
3. An overactive thyroid gland can also cause excessive hair growth.
To remedy the problem a diagnosis will have to be done. So, if you are a woman, suffering from excessive hair growth it is best to consult a doctor to get to the root of the problem, instead of looking for cosmetic and home remedies.
Once the doctor finds out the reason for extra hair growth a treatment will be recommended. This will include prescribed medicine to treat the main problem, along with topical ointments that inhibit hair growth. Eflornithine Hydrochloride (Vaniqa) is the most commonly prescribed ointment to suppress hair growth. This should however, be used only under medical supervision. Remember, it is not a cosmetic cream, it is a medical cream.
Apart from this the patient may opt for laser hair removal treatment, which though costly, is quite effective. When hair growth is thick and coarse, home remedies do not work. It is better to take remedial action by consulting a doctor.
If the growth is limited to the arms and legs then cosmetic treatments like waxing or using an epilator can be tried.
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