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    Default Antifungal cream for hair growth

    I've been considering trying Monistat for some time. I've heard great things about how it can speed hair growth. Many say that it's a certain ingredient in it that helps hair grow fast? I don't really care, as long as my hair is growing. The only problem is that I can't really afford it right now, as I'm on a super tight budget.

    So I was thinking, is it that particular ingredient that helps hair grow, or is it that the stuff opens hair follicles by killing fungus blocking them, allowing hair to grow. Dollar Tree sells athlete's foot cream for a buck. That's also an antifungal cream. So I'm thinking about starting a little experiment to see if that'll work, too.

    Is that dangerous? What do you think of my theory?

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    Default Re: Antifungal cream for hair growth

    That's interesting. I don't know the answer myself, but hopefully those who do will be posting!

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    as long as it has miconazole in it, it should work. This being the active ingredient in monistat and daktarin.
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    Apparently it's miconazole nitrate in monistat that helps the hair grow
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    It seems to be associated with the azole group in the active ingredient, if I recall correctly. (Not that all azoles encourage hair growth! Don't read that into this!) People have also reported increased growth from the rather-similar ketoconazole in some shampoos [Piérard-Franchimont, C., De Doncker, P., Cauwenbergh, G. & Piérard, G.E. Ketoconazole shampoo: effect of long-term use in androgenic alopecia. Dermatology (Basel) 196, 474-7 (1998)].
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    In addition to Anje's comment, also studies have shown that pyrithione zinc increases the growing phase of hair.
    To answer your question, I am currently using a "low-cost" version of the athlete's foot creme. My tube says that is has not been shown effective on hair haha! But if you read the MN thread, others have used this cream (2% MN) just fine. Usually the low cost ones have other cheap fillers -mine has mineral oil, jojoba, glycerine, etc. in it. That's one reason to splurge on the more pure stuff. I say go for it, and if you like it buy the more expensive stuff if you have concerns about the fillers.
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    if I tug on my hair, will it grow faster?

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    Ok, I looked up that athelete's foot cream I found at the Dollar Tree, and found out it contains 1% of clotrimazole. I searched that and it is an active ingredient in some antifungal creams. I also found out one of its less common side effects is excessive hair growth!

    I guess there's my answer. I don't think it will help me all that much as the site I found that on specifically said excessive hair growth is a "lesser known side effect." However, I'll go out and buy it, make a little experiment out of it. If it does nothing, I lost a buck rather than almost 20 dollars.

    and x0h bother, what are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenJoey View Post
    Ok, I looked up that athelete's foot cream I found at the Dollar Tree, and found out it contains 1% of clotrimazole. I searched that and it is an active ingredient in some antifungal creams. I also found out one of its less common side effects is excessive hair growth!

    I guess there's my answer. I don't think it will help me all that much as the site I found that on specifically said excessive hair growth is a "lesser known side effect." However, I'll go out and buy it, make a little experiment out of it. If it does nothing, I lost a buck rather than almost 20 dollars.

    and x0h bother, what are you using?
    Monistat shouldn't cost $20. I get mine generic from Walgreens that lasts me at least a month when I use it every other day undiluted. It's about $8-9, give or take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterna View Post
    Monistat shouldn't cost $20. I get mine generic from Walgreens that lasts me at least a month when I use it every other day undiluted. It's about $8-9, give or take.
    Ok I'll have make a trip over to Walgreens. I've seen it in CVS, and the cheapest I can get it is 12$. I know it doesn't seem like much, but it's alot when I'm so tight on money. And again, that's the cheapest I can get it at CVS, and it's only 1%. the 7% is about 21$. Thank you for the Walgreens thing, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenJoey View Post
    Ok I'll have make a trip over to Walgreens. I've seen it in CVS, and the cheapest I can get it is 12$. I know it doesn't seem like much, but it's alot when I'm so tight on money. And again, that's the cheapest I can get it at CVS, and it's only 1%. the 7% is about 21$. Thank you for the Walgreens thing, though.
    Okay, sorry, it's around $10 what I get. It's this right here.

    However, I've gotten it on sale or must have because I remember it being more 8-9 dollars. But yeah, it's just 2%. I throw away the applicators and just use it directly from the tube. I probably use about 2 inches give or take on each application. It still lasts for every other day use at least one month.

    And I know what it's like when money is tight. $10 is a lot for something you don't need... that could be food money or gas, you know? Do whatever you're comfy with.

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