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Monistat 7, an OTC Antifungal Cream- a Potential Hair Loss Treatment
Monistat 7 is an antifungal cream that is used primarily by women to treat yeast infections. Its active ingredient is Miconazole nitrate. Miconazole is closely related to another topical antifungal and anti-dandruff treatment, ketoconazole, (Nizoral) which has documented hair growth effects. Both are Azole compounds, and virtually identical in their mechanisms of action. Although Monistat 7 has yet to be studied for its specific effects on hair growth, the internet has been blowing up with a multitude of glowing accounts of hair loss reversal. When looking at the mechanisms of action of Monistat 7, these accounts actually appear to have a sound scientific basis.
All studies evaluating the effects of Nizoral Shampoo or cream on hair growth have yielded uniformly positive results. One study concluded that simply using Nizoral Shampoo 3 times a week had a similar hair stimulation effect to that of Minoxidil (Rogaine). Another study using Nizoral cream applied daily produced substantial hair growth effects, as evidenced by the following pictures. For the sake of comparison, there are photos documenting the hair growth effects of Monistat 7 in combination with a carrier oil.
Both Miconazole and Ketoconazole effectively ameliorate malesszia yeast, antagonize the human glucocorticoid receptor, control candida, and neutralize cytokines associated with the inflammation seen in Androgenetic hair loss. It is highly likely that whatever holds true for ketoconazole (Nizoral) in terms of its effect on hair, also holds true for Miconazole, (Monistat 7). Monistat 7 cream, formerly a prescription drug, is now available over the counter, at any drugstore. Monistat 7 used by itself, can be extremely drying to the scalp, and is recommended to be used with a carrier oil to both counter this drying effect and enhance penetration. Emu Oil, which by itself is a hair growth stimulant, is an optimal carrier oil to use in conjunction with Monistat 7, due to its unique ability to penetrate all 7 layers of the dermis.
This is especially good news for those who for whatever reason cannot access either 2 % Nizoral Shampoo or Nizoral Cream, both of which in the US require a prescription. Nizoral 1 % Shampoo appears to be no longer commercially unavailable.
To use Monistat 7 as a hair growth treatment.
Things you'll need:
• 1 tube of Monistat 7
• At least 2 oz. of a carrier oil such as Emu Oil
• Plastic applicator bottle
1. Mix one tube (45G) of Monistat 7 with 2 oz of Emu Oil. Pour the mix into the applicator bottle.
2. Use a comb to part your hair into sections for easy application.
3. Shake the mix of Monistat 7 and Emu Oil before applying it to your hair. Tilt the bottle and hold it to your scalp.
4. Gently squeeze bottle and apply a few drops to targeted areas. Massage it into your scalp and style your hair as desired.
Anecdotal reports have indicated that Monistat 7 produces fairly rapid results with initiating hair regrowth. Using Monistat 7 with Emu Oil as a carrier oil will reportedly enhance these results.