This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Hirsutism: causes and management

Written by: | Published:

Hirsutism is a common and distressing condition, and unwanted facial hair is one of its most devastating consequences. Hirsutism is associated with increased anxiety, depression, self-consciousness and embarrassment, diminished self-confidence and body dissatisfaction.1

Up to 60 per cent of hirsute women believe that hair growth has an impact on the way they perceive themselves, with 68 per cent avoiding social situations. Approximately 25 per cent of hirsute patients have psychiatric disturbances.1 The presence of unwanted facial hair is a particularly distressing symptom because this is visible to others. Clinical experience shows that women with hirsutism generally only seek medical help if they experience facial hirsutism.1

Hairs are normally present on most of the skin surfaces of the body except for the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Genetic and hormonal influences largely determine hair thickness and the pattern of distribution; hair colour is genetically determined and depends on the amount of melanin present.

Hair growth cycle


Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.


What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.