Thursday, September 20, 2012

Are You A Female With Excess Facial/Body Hair?

Are you female?  Do you have excess facial/body hair?  If so, you might have hirsutism, a medical condition in which women develop hair patterns more consistent with male patterns.  I mention this because here we are two-thirds of the way through September and I've only just cracked the online issue of this month's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism to find a nice review article on hirsutism, its diagnosis and its treatment.

Should you or a loved one be suffering from this treatable condition, read this article and discuss it with your family physician.  Simple lab tests in addition to the typical complete history & physical will undoubtedly point you both in the right direction as to both diagnosis & treatment.  In fact, there's a nice review of the risks & benefits of various commonly used techniques, including procedures & medications.  If you or someone you know needs help, this is a great place to start.

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