10. Abnormal Hair Changes
There are a few different ways Cushing’s syndrome affects body hair, so many types of hair growth or loss is a symptom to look for. For women, the syndrome often causes hair growth on the face in areas that men often grow hair. Women might also see abnormal hair growth on their neck and chest, and any existing facial or body hair could grow in thicker. Your hair is often a representation of your health because it’s affected by hormone levels, and so hormone imbalances can often be seen through symptoms relating to your hair.
The feel and look of hair can change for both men and women—hair can break easily because of how brittle it is and it may look and feel dry. Cushing’s syndrome can cause the opposite problem of hair growth, with some people suffering from hair loss and baldness. The excessively high cortisol levels are to blame, Although hair growth in areas that aren’t normal for women can occur, Cushing’s syndrome can also cause baldness and brittle hair.