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:
- Oral contraceptives that contain estrogen and progesterone
- Dexamethasone (Deltasone)
- Spironolactone (Aldactone)
- Hair removal for hirsutism
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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.
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.
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.
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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