How Can I Help a Friend Suffering From Hirsutism?

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If a friend or a loved one tells you about their problems with Hirsutism, then you will probably want to learn a little more about the condition, and how best you can support them. One of the first things you can do is exactly what you have already started to do by researching online for ways to help them; the second and most important is to understand just how hard it is for someone to admit to anyone that they have an issue with excess hair growth on their body.

Your friend will most likely have already been through a long and drawn out process with their condition, and you may or may not be the only or the very first person they have told about their problems. 

Supporting a Friend with Hirsutism 

While you might think there is nothing you can do to really help your friend, the very fact they have shared what it a highly personal piece of information with you about their health means that you have already started to help them cope with their condition. 

Excess hair growth on any part of the body is often psychologically tough to deal with. Because Hirsutism will affect your friends face, chest or back; it is very often the case that their symptoms will be noticeable. Depending on the severity of their condition, they may have been trying to treat it on their own, or they might be looking into the different ways to get treatment for the issue. We will talk about the different treatment options for your friend’s Hirsutism in this post shortly. 

While you might not be able to help with the symptoms of Hirsutism, there are lots of different remedies for the condition which we also touch on in this post that you can suggest; more importantly, just being that ‘someone’ they can talk you and open up with about their issues has already helped them to form a solid support structure, and one which is integral for their mental well-being.

What Treatment Is Available for your Friend with Hirsutism?

Treating Hirsutism is a highly personal process, and there are lots of factors that your friend will need to account for when making the decision about which treatment is best for them. 

Establishing the underlying cause of the Hirsutism is a process that doesn’t always deliver answers. The causes of Hirsutism aren’t always apparent, and even with medical intervention, a person can simply develop the condition, without having any specific issue that is causing the problem. In the next section, we will talk a little more about what can cause Hirsutism.

Self-Treatment for Hirsutism 

There are a number of practical ways a friend can treat their Hirsutism for their self. The most cost-effective and easy way to remove excess hair growth is to pluck, shave, wax or use a type of depilatory cream. The hair grows back quickly, and because the hair removal process will need to be completed on a very regular basis, this is something that people who only have a milder level of Hirsutism will choose to do. 

Physical Treatments for Hirsutism 

With more severe cases of Hirsutism, or where the growth pattern of the hair is very noticeable, which is very often the case, exploring the physical treatment options for the condition is apter. 

Three of the most popular treatments include IPL, Laser Therapy, and Electrolysis. All of these treatments require the use of specific medical equipment, and they all need to be carried out by qualified professionals. Each of the treatments will require a series of visits, and there are some side-effects, including the potential for redness or irritation of the treated area. Once a course of these treatments occurs, the results can be long-lasting, as many of them will work to destroy the hair at the root, and prevent regrowth or at the very least, it will lighten and/or make the hair less obvious. Cost is also another key factor to consider as getting permanent hair removal is not cheap. However, as you will understand from talking to your friend about Hirsutism, the psychological and emotional impact the condition has on their lives is often motivation enough for having to spend money to find a permanent solution for their unwanted hair. 

Medical Treatments for Hirsutism 

There are a number of medications that qualified medical professionals can recommend and prescribe for Hirsutism. Because the vast majority of people who suffer from the condition have problems with their hormone levels, there is a range of tablets that can be offered to help bring a better level of balance of the hormones in a person’s body. 

DIM for Hirsutism is one such example, and it is frequently prescribed when there is no other underlying cause of the issue, and the hirsutism is considered to be of a mild-severe level. 

Herbal Remedies for the Treatment of Hirsutism 

There are many different herbal remedies that are being taken by people as a way of helping them to combat some of the symptoms linked with the condition. A few examples of supplements that could help your friend with Hirsutism are listed below.

What Can Cause Hirsutism in a Friend? 

There is a range of reasons a person can develop a problem with excess hair growth, many of which are completely outside of their control.

  • Ethnicity 
  • Irregular Hormone Levels 
  • Some Medications, such as Corticosteroids and Prozac
  • PCOS
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Androgen Secreting Tumours 
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia 

As you can appreciate, the causes of the condition are varied, and there is often very little a person can do to prevent hirsutism. However, with the right support and some careful consideration for the most appropriate forms of treatment, your friend can look forward to enjoying life without having to constantly worry about problems with Hirsutism. 

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