Excessive hair growth

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Hidetaka Hamasaki

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Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD

Endocrinology

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

A condition in women that results in excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern — face, chest and back.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Headache

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Edema

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Abnormal menstruation

  • Abdominal pain

Possible Causes

  • Cushing syndrome

    This condition is caused by excessive amounts of a hormone called cortisol. This may be caused consumption of some steroid medications or the body itself may produce too much cortisol.

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

    A condition where there are excessive levels of "male" hormones (androgens) and the ovaries develop fluid filled pouches (cysts). The exact cause is unknown but it can run in families and is related to a hormonal imbalance (such as insulin, and testosterone).

  • Acromegaly

    A condition caused by abnormally high levels of growth hormone in the blood. It is usually caused by benign (non-cancerous) tumors in the brain.

  • Pretibial myxoedema
  • Porphyria
  • Adrenal cancer

  • cushing disease

  • POEMS syndrome

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you felt that your body hair has grown thicker recently?

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