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How much excessive hair does your daughter have ...
and any area where they are more prominent
and has she any other significant medical history
and how long has she been having these ?
quite a lot and on her arms, legs back and face, she has had this since childhood and was born 1 month early
and are these short colorless fine hair
or longer darker coarser hair ?
no they are the same colour has her normal hair and are not short
There are many reasons why your daughter may seem to have excess body hair or hirsutism
1. Inherited tendency: in some girls of certain families or races, the skin is very sensitive to even low levels of androgens. If other female members of your family suffer with hirsutism your daughter may be at a greater risk of developing it.
no nobody in my family or my husbands has this
2. Disorders of the adrenal glands or ovarian tumours: rarely these can cause over production of androgens leading to hirsutism.
so is an endocrinologist the right person to diagnose this?
3. Other rare causes like hormonal disturbances, etc. are less likely
but if there is a significant problem then an endocrine problem needs to be ruled out ,
Yes, the referral is appropriate in this situation
Is there anything else that I can help you with ?
so you think it could be a hormonal problem
what is an endocrine problem and how likely is an 8 year old to have it
An endocrinologist refers to a specialist who deals with hormonal problems
i am not sure my private insurance will cover this is there anyway around this?
and why would her skin be itchy and dry
There could be problems related to her thyroid hormone, reproductive hormones, adrenal hormones, and conditions like Congenital adrenal hyperplasia etc. that need to be ruled out with this referral,
ok thanks for your help.
I believe that it is likely that the results would be normal, and in her case no specific cause may be found
given the fact that this is something that has been going on since birth
but we should make sure :)
so what I can do about it
if I get the hair removed is it likely to grow back the same?
You need to get her to the endocrinologist, and get the tests as per the clinical examination and their opinion, and then depending on the results take it from there
That would depend on the cause, and the technique of hair removal
I would recommend waiting till the endocrine consultation before going ahead with the removal of the hair,
ok I will look into it. thanks for your help, she is getting more worried about it as she gets older and is being teased in school
I would recommend that you look at this link regarding the various causes and treatment options
You are welcome :)
Don't worry too much, I believe that it is likely that this will improve with puberty, and there is no specific cause,
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