An anti-fungal cream made for a woman just might be strong enough to regrow hair in men. Miconazole nitrate – the active ingredient in topical medications used to treat fungal infections in women – has been found to stimulate hair growth in both men and women who gave it a try.
While the evidence is largely anecdotal, miconazole nitrate may actually show some promise in the localized treatment of male and female hair loss. The medication is typically used in the treatment of fungal infections in women, including yeast infections. It has also proven effective in its male counterparts to get rid of athlete’s foot, ringworm, and that all-time men’s locker room favorite – jock itch.
Monistat 7 is one of the more popular topical ointments used to fight against fungal infections in women. Those who have experimented with it in an effort to halt their thinning hair report that it does work. Doctors theorize that the reputed effectiveness of miconazole nitrate in the treatment of hair loss may in fact be due to its ability to dilate tiny blood vessels as well as increase the flow of oxygen to the scalp. Another theory holds that the appearance of new hair growth could be miconazole nitrate’s proven ability to eliminate the fairly common tinea capitis fungal infection of the scalp.
Even so, not much study has been done on the relationship between the topical use of miconazole nitrate and hair restoration. Possible negative side effects of miconazole nitrate include headaches, hives, and skin rashes. All of this raises another question. Perhaps the most important question to date. How many men would be willing to apply a topical cream designed to kill vaginal fungal infections on their balding pates?
The answer to that question is unknown. In the meantime, men – and women – with thinning hair would truly benefit from a thorough discussion of their options with a qualified hair restoration specialist.
Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration expert located in Virginia Beach. He can be reached at The Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at (757) 389-5850 for a personal consultation.