Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abnormal Hair Growth Treatment

The treatment for hirsutism depends on the underlying cause for the condition. Treatment for hirsutism often includes oral contraceptives, corticosteroids, and spironolactone.

Treatment options for hirsutism include:

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Abnormal Hair Growth Drugs

Drug treatment for hirsutism involves hormone therapy.

Birth control Pills
Birth control pills decrease the production of androgens, which stimulate hair growth. Most women who take birth control pills for hirsutism see a reduction in hair growth by the six-month after beginning treatment.

Anti-androgenic Drugs
These medications prevent male hormones from stimulating the hair follicle to produce terminal hair. Combined use with birth control pills can improve hirsutism after 9 to 12 months of treatment.

Medications include:

Eflornithine Cream
Eflornithine Cream (Vaniqa) inhibits the growth of facial hair.

Abnormal Hair Growth Hair Removal

Treatment for hirsutism may include hair removal strategies.

Mechanical Removal of Hair
Hair may be removed by shaving, plucking, bleaching, waxing, and the application of chemicals.

Laser Treatments
Permanent removal is also possible using electrolysis, laser therapy, or intense pulsed light. These methods use electricity or light energy to destroy hair follicles.

Abnormal Hair Growth Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat hirsutism:

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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