Miconazole nitrate is a non-prescription anti-fungal medicine. In cream formulation, it is used as a topical growth aid for women who experience difficulty growing longer hair due to external factors. Other symptoms involving hair growth such as breakage and shedding may also be alleviated by using miconazole nitrate.
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Miconazole is an anti fungal agent that is used to treat many types of yeast and fungal infections including vaginal candidiasis, ring worm, jock itch and athlete's foot.
In its nitrate form, miconazole is prepared in a creamy formulation which is easy to apply to affected areas. This product is found in local pharmacies, chemists, grocery stores and department store retailers within the pharmacy or health department. Most commonly known as vaginal cream, miconazole nitrates appear under many brand names. The active ingredient in the cream preparation is 2 per cent miconazole.
As of 2010, no scientific or published evidence correlates the usage of Miconazole nitrate to hair growth. However, it is believed to work because the nitrate provides oxygen to the hair by relaxing the blood vessels in the body and scalp and allowing more oxygen into the scalp's capillaries. According to The Texas Heart Institute, nitrates widen the blood vessels, which improves blood flow. Blood circulation and blood oxygen levels directly stimulate the hair follicles, which leads to hair growth. Another belief is that the scalp may have an undetected fungal infection, inhibiting hair growth.
Anyone experiencing slow hair growth or hair loss can use miconazole nitrate as a topical growth aid. Women who are enduring hair breakage will also find success with this preparation. Hair generally sheds at a rate of 100 strands per day. Healthy hair will usually begin to grow back in its place within six weeks. Factors that impede healthy hair growth or contribute to hair loss include seasonal hair loss, ageing, heat styling of hair, chemical over-processing, genetics and nutrient deficiencies.
Women using miconazole nitrate apply this cream to their scalp following the medicinal directions listed on the package for other conditions, such as vaginitis. According to The Body, a topical treatment is active only where it is applied. If a cream is used for a skin infection it should be rubbed into all affected areas of the skin. It is speculated that by rubbing miconazole nitrate throughout the scalp achieves longer, thicker, healthier hair.
There are side effects associated with the use of miconazole nitrate. According to WebMD, headaches, hives and skin rashes have all been reported by users of this medicine in its topical form. Patients also reported that their symptoms were reduced or alleviated the longer they used this product.
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