Search Results

  • Conditions
  • Questions
  • Comments
  • Videos
  • Hirsutism

    Hirsutism is the condition which describes women whose hair is darker, thicker and coarser than the fine hair (vellous hair) that usually covers skin; more closely resembling head-hair (terminal hair). Read more →

    Omg we are the same I'm 14 i started biting and pulling out strand of hair when I was 12 and I never liked how my hair looked up or in a bun so I always kept it down so that was a big temptation but recently about a lil after I turned 14 I was getting concerned cause I was visually seeing my hair get thinner throughout those two years and my parents are about 45 and 50 and they have way more hair than me and also thicker than mines cause having lots of thick straight/wavy hair runs in the family and my hair is in layeres and I can visually see big chunks of hair I pulled out in those two years,I can see them growing and I would mostly pull out hair in my bottom layer cause at first I thought I had way too much hair and it took forever to straighten or curl,and. Now my bottom layer has two skinny strands along w/ the hair that's growing back from the hair I pulled out.

    hey getting hair like that is normal especially if you have dark hair or are dark skinned. If you really want to help you can buy bleaching agents at boots for body hair, you leave it on for 10 minutes and it will make them lighter/blonder. what ever you do dont shave your arms, back or tummy as the hair will grow back thicker and darker and you will most likely get more hair when it comes back. If you're really worried about it go see your doctor because your hormones could be causeing you to grow more hair x

    Hi, I am 19 years old and I have been ulling out and chewing my hair for the past 2-3 years, although I have tried to stop many times, its becoming more difficult with time. I tend to hide my hair in pockets and under my pillow to 'save' it for later. I live a normal active life and no one is aware of this problem however I know it is wrong and was hoping I'll grow out of it as my doctor said but I have not. i have tried cutting my hair short, eating snacks to replace the hair, keeping my hair tied up, etc.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    my son is 18mths old and has red/strawberry blond hair. I found black bits in his hair that looked like soil I guessed these were nits. Do nits change colour with hair as I've only seen white eggs on dark hair?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    The white eggs are dead ones - empty egg cases. The live eggs, those that will hatch into lice are a dark brown colour and will be close to the scalp. In a long term infestation it is believed that the lice will develope a changed colour to help them camoflage into the hair, as the different generations of lice hatch. Generally they range from a fairly transparent light brown to a dark brown/black. I find them most easily spotted after they have just fed as their abdomens show up as a dark spot.

    Hi Sam, White eggs are alive, brown coloured eggs are dead. The adult lice are dark.

    Show all answers for this question

    My 17 month old daughter recently had a bout of gastro, while she was ill she developed a habit of pulling her hair to comfort herself. I thought she would stop once she got better but she hasn't, she has got worse. She's now pulled her hair so much she has gone bald on the right hand side of her head. She does it out of habit now, there isn't a particular reason but she's worse when I put her to bed and pulls handfulls out when she's going to sleep. I've tried distracting her and given her her favourite doll which she now takes every where with her but she still pulls her hair. She holds her doll in her left hand and pulls her hair with her right hand, she likes having her hair in her hand while she's sucking her thumb and she is also eating her hair as it is coming out in her poo so I'm worried about her getting a hair ball. Is there anything else I can do?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    i think your supposed to get armpit hair and pubic hair around the same time and chest hair in a few years.

    hi, im 13 and i have hair literally all over my body. i hate it. i have it on my back stomach neck and loads more places and its really disturbing, i shave on the shins and stop at my knee but i have hair on my thighs about 1cm long, and when i look at other peoples legs, they dont have any hair there. i feel really different and wierd around peole and on my tummy, i have the hair line which only boys have and even on the bottom of my back. i feel like a man and im only 13! this isnt normall right?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    hey getting hair like that is normal especially if you have dark hair or are dark skinned. If you really want to help you can buy bleaching agents at boots for body hair, you leave it on for 10 minutes and it will make them lighter/blonder. what ever you do dont shave your arms, back or tummy as the hair will grow back thicker and darker and you will most likely get more hair when it comes back. If you're really worried about it go see your doctor because your hormones could be causeing you to grow more hair x

    hi, im 14 and i have the same problem but my mum told my its rather you have thick hair or fast growing hair

    i was in the bath recently and i was shaving when i noticed i had hair around my belly button, i shaved it of forgetting that when you shave hair grows back quicker and blacker so now i have this big patch of descusting belly hair and i was wondering does anyone know how to remove it perminantly or lighten it just so it can not be seen thank you x natalie





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Electrolysis would help cure that, although it would be expensive. Have you tried hair removal cream? Or waxing?

    Hi my daughter is 2n a half. She started to pull her hair out n eat it when she was between 14 n 16 months. I've been to the doctors and health visitor but had no help. I've had to pull strands of hair out Of her bum hole n she crys in pain. I've tried socks on her hands. Please Help as I'm at my wits end and don't know where to go next. Im more worried as to the damage it's doing inside her and also she has gawjus curly hair. Please help.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    my mother in-law had this with her daughter she used to pull chunks out of her head. in the end she kept it very short until she found comfort in something else she had beautiful tight ringlets when she was going threw her hair pulling

    Is there any way laser hair treatment can be discounted as a student, as it is very costly, hair removal is so time consuming and practically is part of my everyday life. Having excessive hair is embarrassing, even with applying make-up friends stare. I am self conscious, and don't want this to hold back my chances in life :/ Help?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Show more…

    Hi I'm 21 and every since I've been 17 I have been getting terminal hair growth on my neck and breasts its soo horrible to have to keep on doing it and explaining everybody I hate when anybody touches me cause they can feel that thick hair growing please advise me on what I should do ..





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    i decided to get all my hair cut off even though my hair was down to my knees i still got it cut off and i've had mine for 4 years and it worked getting my hair cut off you should try it your hair will grow back i had long straight hair now i've got short spiky hair.

    hey I'm 16 and i have hair al over my body I am ashamed of this I can not even wear a bikini because I have very thick hair so when I shave it you can still see it. the hair on my face, is really embarrassing everyday have to look in the mirror if hair has grown back and make sure I've pulled out all .it makes me unsure sometimes i can't even look at somebody becease im afraid they will see facial hair.It's not that i tink i'm ugly everyone is unique in its own way but so much hair is to unique for me and i'd rather be normal :( HELP desperate (sorry for my english i'm dutchxD)





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    ahh my sister used to do this ;) she used to take hold of her bottle and suck it and twist her hair around her finger and pull it out and in the morrning she had a load of patches but we didnt see a doctor, we simply persuaded her when she was 3 that if she keeps pulling her hair out we just used to say " if you stop pulling your hair out you will have hair like a princess" and she carried on for a while but then the problem just went away! i have a problem as well. im 13 and ive been crying for bout a week non stop and i think i have alopecia.... about a week ago i had a shower and a LOOOOTTT of hair came out. i have a shower everyday because my hair gets soooo greasy. and every day this week more and more hair has been coming out. fortunately i have really thick hair so its just thinning gradually but no round bald patches? so is this alopecia or not? im so confused if i slide my hand over my hair with grip a lot of hair comes out also! AHH help me! im scarredd!

    Hi I am 14 years old and I have Pcos Syndrome I heard Nhs covers Laser hair removal treatment if you have a underlaying condition which contributes to hair growth ? I have really embarassing hair on my chin and my sides I have to regulary wax every 2-3 days usually they say when you wax your hair doesnt come back within 2 weeks but I think because I have Pcos my hair growth is really fast I am so Embarrased My Life is so stressfull I am the only girl in my school who has any facial hair everyone else is fine





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    NHS won't do it until you're 18, I'm 16 and was forced to go to a private treatment which was too expensive because of it.

    Im 31 and have PCOS, Ive had problems with body hair since I was about your age. I made a fatal mistake and started shaving when I was 15 and now have to shave every day like a man. It makes me feel very un female as I have hais on my face, chest and tummy. Please please please dont make the same mistake and hold on for laser hair removal, have you tried to dye the hair inbetween waxing as this may give you a bit of a rest?

    Hi phoebe , well I have a long hair and I keep having head lice , this year I had it 3 times ! I had tons of nits in my hair. U don't need expensive treatment to get rid of lice and nits, ill tell u what I do when ever I get lice I put vinger in my hair then I cover it with shower cap and I let it overnight then in the morning ill remove the shower cap and go stright to the shower to wash my hair with regural shampo , u won't believe the amount of bugs falling off my hair then I comb my hair while in the shower for 20 minutes then ill blow dry my hair . After that comes the nit picking step, since I have no one to pick through my hair , ill put a white sheet on the floor and sit on it combing my hair down removing all the nits out, repeat daily for 2 weeks and u will be lice free. And don't be embarressed ! Its very common having lice. And when ppl ask me I say yes I have lice . Nothing to be ashamed off.

    Hi, first all her hair need wet hair then put shampoo on her hair whilst you need to use a normal comb until the hair become smooth. Then wash her hair again then to put conditioner on her hair whilst to use a special comb to carry on (if there is lots of headlice (eggs or alive) to go throw it under the running tap as need to carry on to comb until the headlice become disappeared. Then wash her hair again and get dry. I know its long time to use it as its really worth to get over that. I did used it for my three children about all afternoon (each of them about two to three hours to comb a lot). I always check my kids hair in every week to make sure. Please dont forget to take her clothes or bed things out to washing machine immediately. Good Luck

    Hi, I'm 24 and I have noticible hair on my top lip, the occasional few on my chin, stomach, round my nipples, back of thighs and bum. I wax every 4 weeks and pluck the hair around my nipples as soon as they grow through as i don't want my boyfriend to notice. I've found that with getting the hair waxed or plucking it, it takes longer for it to grow back so its a bit easier to hide. I don't recommend shaving as i did that before and it seem to make the hair thicker. I started getting thicker hair at 9 and got teased when going swimming so at that age i used hair removal cream as i was too nervous to shave, but i find now that it doesn't work as affective as the hair can be too thick. If i had the money i would get laser treatment as i feel self conscious about the hair. Hope this is useful for some people.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    i know its a few months ago that u posted, and i hope for u and ur little one that she doesn't have them any more. every week i get my 3 and 8 year old, when having a bath, i place cheap hair conditioner in to their hair and use the nits comb to go through their hair. the conditioner stuns them for 20min so they are all still and you have more chance of getting more out at once... the other trick is to wash their hair once a fortnight and always put their hair up. hope it helps if it ever happens again or even to provent it... from a mum to a mum

    i use cocnut oil to dry hair for about a hour or two then wash it out when hair is still wet use Hair straighteners on wet hair or Hair curlers and curling tongs on wet hair kills the nits and eggs then washing hair in tea tree shampoo and tea tree conditioner and combing the hair with a nit combing use hair dryer after you done that use cocnut leave in conditioner this will take upto 3 hours or more to do but after you do all that with your hair then it time to do all the bedding on your bed but donr forget to vacuum the Mattress off and to put your Duvet,Pillows sofe toys in the dryer on hot for about a hour and wash all coats, hats and dont forget to wash all brushes in very hot water oh dont forget to vacuum all chairs down x





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I started losing my hair when my daughter was born..hair thinned on the crown,going towards my forehead. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism,cocequently,i have been on Levothyroxine for the past 14yrs. My daughter,however has been finding clumps of her hair when she wakes in the morning,on her pillows..also,hair is falling out when she washes her hair and when she brushs' her hair. Her bloods was on the cusp of both hyper and hypothyroidism,her full blood count was very low and she has now been taking furrous sulphate for 2months. She is getting very distressed about losing her hair as it was a mass of auburn curls and its now thinning and lank. Anyone have any recommendations for products..ie:shampoos etc...??





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    thank you for recipe of oils and author of book...trial period due and will let you know outcome x

    im suffuring from the very same prooblem and im 19 nearly 20 its only recently and come on very random, has anybody replyied to you or given you any advice?

    Hello i am 16 years old and i have facial hair, side burns, hair on my neck and also on my ears, hair on my upper and lower back and hair on my belly. I feel so embarrassed and depressed about this situation because i am the only one in my family who suffers this. I tried shaving it makes the hair even grow faster and thicker,removal crème makes it also row thicker and i tried the electric machine that pulls the hair out on my back and face but its really painful and by using that i get a lot of spots. I was thinking about seeing my GP but i am afraid that they wont really do anything about this because they will tell me that my body is still developing etc.. Please help me out.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    See my post above^

    I have 3 girls, 3,4 and 7 years old, the three year old gets baby lice that do not stay with her long, the 4 year olds hair is really fine, lice don't like her hair, she hardly ever gets them. My 7 year old has really thick long hair, the lice love her, I am constantly combing her hair with a metal comb, I know this keeps it under control, but will never get rid of the problem. The Lice just like her hair. Bring the nit nurse back into schools, would be like the nit clinics but in school. My son has shaved hair and I sometimes find then on him, so shaving won't help . X





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    My 5 year old daughter only has to be in the same room as someone with lice and she gets them, she has got very thick hair which I have had to cut in a short bob. Every night I brush through her hair with the 'nitty gritty' comb and twice a week I sit there for 3 hours wet combing her hair. It doesn't matter how much u check/treat your childs hair there is always a 'parent' who doesn't check their childs hair. Headlice are a part of school u can't prevent, you just have to believe that every other parent checks thir childs hair because that is the only way WE can get rid of them! (By all working together)





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    yep

    very true

    all i had to do to get rid of mine is using a mouse treatment (left in overnight) then every other day, i lagged my hair with conditioner, and then combed my hair for about 10 minutes with a nitty gritty spiral teeth comb. what is also useful is any teatree hair products, nits hate the smell of it and leaves your hair really smooth!

    My son's hair fell out in the space of 2 weeks back in Sept/oct time and there has been some hair growth since but nothing big. There are still some patches with less hair than the others but you can see the hair follicles. His eyebrows are thinner and he has lost a few eye lashes too. The Drs said it's not alopecia but I can't think what else it can be seeing as his bloods have come back clear and there was no redness on his head etc.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    sounds stupid but try washing your hair with washing up liquid! i'm 15 and tried it when i was about 13 and it did the trick i also tried conditions my hair and leaving it in, it feels horrible get a nit comb and comb your hair till it's really smooth. then wash your hair again. the eggs and nits will slide out of your hair more easily and the washing up liquid worked as like a poison :)

    Hi, I'm 13 and have lots of facial hair,back hair,some on my breasts and also belly hair. It's so embarrassing like in PE when we get changed I hate it. Some of the boys have pointed it out and it's really uncomfortable and lowers my self esteem a lot. I shaved it once and it Grew back thicker, my mums tried to use hair removal cream but that also hasn't worked,please help :(





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    waxing is better in the long run as it weakens the hair folicle ingrown hairs appear because the hair becomes weaker & is'nt strong enough to push up, exfoliate to help prevent ingrown hairs.. shaving pubic hair will encourage & thicken hair growth.

    HELP!! I am a new primary teacher and I have caught nits about 10 times in the last 2 months. I'm getting really fed up of having to check my hair all the time and then putting Lyclear on every time I do find eggs. It says on here that lice cannot jump? I don't understand how I keep catching them.. I keep my hair up every day and don't touch my hair with the children's. I'm wondering now whether I just haven't got rid of them each time?? I know they do love my hair as I caught them a lot as a child, but I don't want to have nits for the next 40 years! Please offer any good tips / solutions to keep the little blighters out of my hair! Thanks x





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I have used lyclear before and it doesnt work at all, try hedrin and make sure you get all the eggs out!

Show more…

Can't find the condition you were searching for? Suggest a condition for us to add to the site


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here