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Excessive hairgrowth in women serious issue; linked to PCOS: Dr Tulika Arbat

Dr Tulika Arbat in her column speaks about excess hair growth in women is caused by an excess production or action of hormones called androgens.
Dr Tulika Arbat

Dr Tulika Arbat from Nagpur is an MD in dermatology. She has specialised in Aesthetic Dermatology and has received training in Lasers from Paris, France.

All women have body hair, but it may be more noticeable in some than in others. Hirsutism or unwanted hair or excess hair refers to the growth of coarse, dark hair in areas where women typically grow fine hair or no hair at all. Common sites are above the lip, on the chin, sideburn area, chest, lower abdomen, and back.

What causes hirsutism or excessive hair growth ?

Hirsutism is caused by an excess production or action of hormones called androgens, secreted by the ovaries or adrenal glands and produced locally in the hair follicle. Several different conditions can lead to hirsutism. The two most common causes of hirsutism are polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and idiopathic hirsutism. Both are diagnosed by physical examination, medical and family history, and sometimes blood tests.

  1. Polycystic ovary syndrome? Women with PCOS often have hirsutism in combination with menstrual irregularities. Women with PCOS may also have acne and balding near the front of the head. PCOS is a chronic condition, but several treatments can reduce hair growth.
  2. Idiopathic hirsutism? A gradual increased growth of coarse body hair is typically the only symptom in women with this condition. Menstrual cycles are normal in women with idiopathic hirsutism.

Normal Vs abnormal hair growth in women

It can be difficult to determine what counts as excessive body hair. It is typical for women to have fine hair all over the body, including the face. Many women also notice thicker, darker hair on the stomach, chin and chest.The Ferriman-Gallwey scale assigns a score to women, depending on how much hair growth they have on various areas of the body. According to the scale, fine hair is ‘normal,’ as are a few coarse strays. It is more likely to be a problem when hair is thick on many areas of the body. A doctor tallies the score and determine whether its normal hair or hirsutism.

Also read: All you need to know about PCOS from Nagpur dermatologist Dr Tulika Arbat

Is hirsutism treatable?

Our culture usually determines how much hair is cosmetically acceptable and how important it is to remove ?excessive? hair. The psychological impact of hirsutism can range from annoying to severely disabling. Any woman who is troubled by hirsutism should not hesitate to ask her doctor about treatment options.

What should be the expectation from the treatment?

The treatment of hirsutism requires patience because hair follicles have a life cycle of approximately six months. Most medications must be taken for six months before a noticeable improvement occurs. In the meantime, the existing hair can be mechanically removed.

What is the duration of the treatment?

In women, androgen hormone concentrations decrease with age. Women in their 20s may need multiyear treatment to control the hirsutism. Women in their 30s and 40s have decreasing androgen concentrations.

Is laser hair removal effective?

Laser hair removal is an effective, faster, and painless procedure. It can often permanently reduce hair growth. Most people require four to six treatments spaced approximately four to six weeks apart in order to achieve satisfactory hair removal, and maintenance treatments may be needed once every six to twelve months to remove the smaller fine hair that grow back.

Can it be prevented

Hirsutism due to PCOS can be minimised by making lifestyle changes such as:

  1. Diet changes: For women with insulin resistance, reducing their intake of sugar and carbohydrates can help.
  2. Weight management: Losing weight can help control many symptoms of PCOS. For many women, the right combination of diet and exercise may be key.
  3. Mental health support: PCOS is a complex disorder that can change a woman’s appearance, fertility and health. Many women find support groups and positive self-talk helpful.

Takeaway

Hair removal methods (laser hair removal) make it possible to eliminate aesthetic concerns of excess hair growth quickly. For women who are concerned about this, the results are excellent. When hair growth is due to an underlying condition, the treatment depends on the cause. Most hormonal disorders, including PCOS respond to medical treatments. Proper treatment can reduce the amount of body hair a woman experiences. You can consult a dermatologist to determine the scale and treatment of hirsutism. However, even healthy women may grow much more body hair than they believe to be desirable. In such cases, they can continue removing the hair.

The ideas and information expressed are solely by the columnist and not by Nation Next.

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Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision’s Padharo Mhare Des concludes successfully

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Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision’s (RCNV) Padharo Mhare Des was held at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur, on September 25, along with Winter fellowship cum Official Club Visit 2022-23 for RCNV. The theme of the fellowship was to showcase rich heritage and culture of different states of India.

The occasion was graced by DG Dr Anand Jhunjhunwala, first lady Monika Jhunjhunwala and AG Kamlesh Chotwani. President Dr Shivani Sule felicitated all the new Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) members for the year 2022-23 with the certificates, for their valuable contribution to The Rotary Foundation by way of becoming Paul Harris Fellow, along with Club Secretary Ritika Singhvi and TRF director Mohit Chaudhary.

On the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, different states came together to show their culture. It was beautifully showcased. PDG, Dr Satish Sule as Yamraj & Pawan Mangolia as Narad with their performance wooed the audience.

This was made possible because of our competent team leaders Bhagyashree Saoji and Priyanka Sharma (Rajasthan), Rutika Kunawar and Dr Puja Poddar (Team Tamil Nadu), Sonal Singhvi (Team Bengal), Rashmi Shahu (Team Maharashtra), Pramod Batra and Sakshi Sharma (Team Punjab), who in spite of their busy schedules made this possible. The beautifully choregraphed act was a result of hard work done by Richa Bhattad, Sonal Singhvi, Rashmi Shahu and Abhishek Ghatode. Honourable DG performing with Maharashtra state enthralled the audience.

Such flawlessly executed event was possible only because of very efficient team mentored by Project Director Pawan Mangolia and Nitya Agrawal who worked tirelessly on the minutest of details to give a memorable evening. Aesthetic decor by Priya Tatiwar dazzled the event.

Fellowship Project advisor P P Nilesh Panpalia, Project director Nitya Agrawal, Pawan Mangolia and Director Mohit Chaudhary left no stone unturned to make the event a huge success.

Also read: Management conclave held at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in Nagpur

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Management conclave held at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in Nagpur

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Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Nagpur organized management conclave ‘SYMCHARCHA’ on 23rd Sep 2022. This event has been organized by Corp connect team of SIBM Nagpur for sharing knowledge about the latest trends and needs of the industry.

The program started with lighting the lamp by the dignitaries and the address by Director SIBM-Nagpur, Dr Shrirang Altekar.

The program was graced by several senior executives from the industry with names like Shailesh Wadhankar, VP Salesforce, Persistent; Capt. Pranab Prasoon Thakur, head HR, Hindustan Coca Cola Ltd.; Sajesh Jyothiprakash, VP JP Morgan;

Mr. Shailesh Wadhankar while addressing the students, elaborated about change in working pattern post pandemic. He focused on the challenges that the industry is facing in bringing back people to workplace.

Capt. Pranab Prasoon Thakur emphasized on focusing on learning new skills and also on team work. He correlated the army discipline with the success of business. He further elaborated on leading by setting an example. He also shared as how covid taught us that we have to go with the flow sometimes as we don’t have any solution for a situation.

Sajesh Jyothiprakash shared his experience as to how technology plays an important role in today’s environment. He also focused on various investment patterns, market analysis of latest trends etc. He motivated students to develop their skills and focus on their goals.

All the sessions were followed by question and answer by students and faculties to all the dignitaries present.

The day ended with learnings and sharing of experiences.

Also read: Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision creates Happy School for specially-abled kids

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September 26, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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Nation Next Nagpur Bulletin brings to you a summary of major news events that took place in Nagpur on September 26, 2022.

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