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Your Premature Development of Facial Hair May Also be Known as:
Early growth of facial hair
Early puberty
Premature puberty

Top 10 Premature Development of Facial Hair Causes

  1. 1.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who might take a blood test to measure your levels of thyroid hormone. The test will tell the doctor whether a referral to an endocrinologist is useful. Treatment plans would likely be set by the specialist and include drugs to reduce your thyroid activation.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common hormone disorder characterized by irregular period, acne, and fertility issues.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, fatigue, pelvis pain, painful periods, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with polycystic ovary syndrome:
    oligo/amenorrhea or hyperandrogenism
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

    The adrenal glands make hormones in the body. If they are not working, it will affect a child's ability to grow and develop. This is, however, treatable.

    You should see your primary care physician (PCP) tomorrow for a sick visit.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    irregular period, acne, excessive hair on unexpected parts of body, male pattern baldness, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Normal Case of Vaginal Discharge

    Vaginal discharge is a common issue many women experience and is likely nothing to worry about. Your vaginal discharge can change depending on your menstrual cycle. Recent initiation or a change in contraceptives can also cause a temporary change in discharge.

    You most likely have nothing to worry about. If the discharge becomes severe or you have other symptoms like itching or foul odor, you should speak with your primary care physician or OBGYN.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, mild vaginal discharge, white/gray vaginal discharge, clear vaginal discharge, severe vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with normal case of vaginal discharge:
    vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with normal case of vaginal discharge:
    vaginal itch or burning, painful urination, severe vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, abdominal pain (stomach ache), bleeding after sex, missed period
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  6. 6.Cushing Syndrome

    Cushing Syndrome is a hormonal disorder. The cause is long-term exposure to too much cortisol, a hormone that the adrenal gland makes. Sometimes, taking synthetic hormone medicine like corticosteroids to treat an inflammatory disease leads to Cushing's syndrome.

    Your treatment will depend on why your have too much cortisol. If it is because you have been taking synthetic hormones, a lower dose may control your symptoms. If the cause is a tumor, surgery and other therapies may be needed, so a doctor's consultation in the near future is best.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, headache, weight gain, back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Graves' Disease

    The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck that is responsible for making thyroid hormones. These hormones control important body functions, such as heart rate and the rate at which the body turns food into energy. In Grave's disease, the immune system malfunctions and drives the thyroid to produce excessive amounts of hormones, leading to symptoms such as trouble sleeping, irritability and nervousness, heat sensitivity, hand tremors, and weight loss.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get your blood tested. Grave's disease is a complex condition that is managed with prescription antithyroid medications, as well as surgery in rare cases.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells, which deliver oxygen. Iron deficiency anemia occurs when the body does not have enough iron. Iron helps make red blood cells.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will take a blood test to confirm diagnosis. Treatment involves iron supplementation (pills) or transfusion in really extreme cases (not likely).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, heavy menstrual flow
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Molluscum Contagiosum

    Molluscum Contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin that usually affects young children, sexually active young adults, and patients with a weakened immune system.

    You can go to a primary care doctor, who might recommend cryotherapy (freezing it off) or ointments. That being said, molluscum contagiosum often goes away on its own.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, skin changes on arm, leg skin changes, head or neck skin changes, genital skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with molluscum contagiosum:
    fever, headache
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  10. 10.High Prolactin Hormone Level

    Hyperprolactinemia is a common hormonal disorder in which there are higher than normal levels of prolactin in the blood.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss symptoms and treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, headache, irregular period, decreased sex drive, enlargement of breasts
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Premature Development of Facial Hair

  • Q.Are you feeling irritable (easily made upset)?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.When was your last menstrual period?
  • Q.Are you currently sexually active?

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Premature Development of Facial Hair Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced premature development of facial hair have also experienced:

    • 18% Weight Gain
    • 12% Rash With Bumps or Blisters
    • 9% Irregular Period
  • People who have experienced premature development of facial hair were most often matched with:

    • 23% Overactive Thyroid
    • 19% Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    • 14% Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

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