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What causes gynecomastia?
Usually, it’s just a result of elevated estrogen levels during puberty. This kind of gynecomastia almost always just goes away with time.
In rare cases, it can have other causes:
How common is gynecomastia?
It’s not unusual or abnormal in adolescent boys. Temporary breast enlargement often happens during adolescence when there are hormonal changes.
Can it be prevented?
Because gynecomastia occurs naturally in the body during puberty, no known method can prevent it.
A healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise may affect the development of the breast. And keep in mind that some forms of illegal drug use have been linked with gynecomastia.
What are the symptoms?
Gynecomastia is not physically harmful, although it can occasionally indicate more serious underlying conditions. Occasionally, boys with gynecomastia experience tenderness that can be treated with medications.
It’s more common to experience psychological and social issues rather than physical problems.
Are there any associated disorders?
Pseudogynecomastia (or false gynecomastia) has nothing to do with puberty or hormones.
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