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Hairiness Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hairiness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had problems with excessive hairiness?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What areas of the body are there excessive hair growth on?

    Why: e.g. hirsuitism is the excessive hair growth in androgen dependent hair patterns (i.e. face, chest, areola, abdomen, lower back, inner thighs and external genitalia), especially in women; may be present in normal adults as an expression of an ethnic characteristic or may develop in children or adults as a result of an endocrine disorder; hypertrichosis is excessive hair growth also in area that are not androgen sensitive.

  3. Ethnicity?

    Why: hirsuitism may be present in normal adults as an expression of an ethnic characteristic.

  4. Family history of hirsuitism?
  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. causes of hirsuitism include Cushing's syndrome, adrenal tumors, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, some ovarian tumors, polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance, obesity, prolactinoma; medical conditions that may be associated with hypertrichosis include porphyria, epidermolysis bullosa, trismy 18, post-head injuries, fetal alcohol syndrome, malnutrition, anorexia nervosa.

  6. Medications?

    Why: e.g. some medications may cause hirsuitism including testosterone, anabolic steroids, some birth control pills; some medications may cause hypertrichosis including phenytoin, minoxidil, diazoxide, cyclosporine, oral corticosteroids, streptomycin.

  7. Virilisation symptoms?

    Why: e.g. male pattern scalp hair loss, acne, deepened voice, increased muscle mass, enlarged clitoris, increased libido, change in personality - these symptoms would suggest an ovarian tumor, an adrenal tumor or adrenal hyperplasia, chromosome mosaicism, true hermaphroditism (rare).

  8. Obesity?

    Why: may suggest Cushing's syndrome or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  9. Menstrual dysfunction?

    Why: may suggest polycystic ovarian syndrome, Cushing's syndrome, prolactinoma, ovarian or adrenal tumor.

  10. Symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

    Why: e.g. acne, male pattern baldness, obesity, heavy periods or sparse periods, infertility, hirsuitism.

  11. Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. weight gain especially central abdominal, change of appearance, moon-like face, thin skin, easy bruising, excessive facial hair growth, acne, muscle weakness, lack of or rare menstrual periods, poor libido, depression, psychosis, insomnia, frequent urination, excessive thirst.

  12. Symptoms of McCune-Albright syndrome?

    Why: e.g. mainly affect girls, skin pigmentation (isolated dark brown to light brown patches which tend to remain on one side of the midline), early puberty, ultimate short stature, localized bone pain, deformities or fractures, headache, seizures, hearing loss, early underarm and pubic hair growth.

  13. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

    Why: e.g. refusal to maintain normal body weight, loss of more than 25% of original body weight, intense fear of becoming fat, preoccupation with calorie counting, avoidance of all carbohydrate, fainting, excess soft body and facial hair.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hairiness:

The following list of conditions have 'Hairiness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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