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Minoxidil and Finesteride in hair loss treatment

At present USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) approves only two pharmacological products (drugs) for treatment of hair loss or thinning of hairs. Many people may claim many things about treatment of thinning of hairs, but all these claims of successful treatment of thinning of hairs are not based on scientific proof and those claims can not be proved scientifically. So if you suffer from hair loss or baldness and you want to get it treated properly, than you should always go for products containing finesteride or minoxidil and you will know what result to expect.

Finesteride or minoxidil reduce hair loss and in few cases even effective in growing new hairs. But, unfortunately the results of these two products are limited as long as they are taken, especially the few good results where new hairs grow after taking finesteride or minoxidil.

Minoxidil is basically a vasodilator or dilates blood vessels. Minoxidil is also available as ointment form, which is required to rub on the scalp twice a day, especially over the area in scalp where hair loss is present. There are many studies which prove that minoxidil is effective in slowing hair loss. The biggest disadvantage of use of minoxidil is the loss of effect of the drug after it is discontinued. Minoxidil is also more effective in the crown of the head and may not be effective in stopping the receding hairline.

Finesteride is actually used for treatment of BHP (benign hypertrophy of prostate gland) initially, with brand name Proscar. But many doctors noticed, use of finesteride is associated with reduce hair loss and delay in appearance of baldness. Following these observations by several doctors and after extensive clinical trials low dose finesteride was developed with brand name Propecia, only for use in hair loss. Actions, side effects and disadvantages of finesteride are same as minoxidil.

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Posted by - October 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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Hair Loss Treatment

Hair loss or alopecia is a common medical problem and millions of individuals suffer from hair loss of thinning of hair. Many people (may be you too) think that thinning hair is mostly a problem of men and women do not suffer from thinning hair. But the fact is not so, in fact more than half of women suffer from some hair loss in their lifetime and it is not difficult to imagine how common hair loss is for women also, not to mention the frequency of thinning of hair among men.

If you are trying to find out treatment for thinning hair, you will be overwhelmed by the number of advertisements, which are promoting products that they claim to treat hair loss or thinning of hairs successfully. But be careful of any unproven (meaning not approved by appropriate Government authority or do not have any scientific clinical trial to back up the claim) claims of cure for thinning hair.

If you are suffering from hair loss the best approach is to consult a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss treatments. There are many drugs (including approved and non approved drugs and herbal formulations) available for treatment of thinning of hair. Most of the formulations do not work or even if they work, the result is far below what is claimed in the advertisements. So it is always best to use approved products for any medical problem, including for treatment of hair loss and in this case the drug which is approved by FDA is finesteride and other related drugs for treatment of hair loss.

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Posted by - October 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

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How to Prevent Nail Fungus Infection?

It is always better to prevent than cure and in case of fungal infection of nails also it is true. It is always better to prevent fungal infection of nails, than curing it after infection, although there are highly effective antifungal antibiotics available, which effectively cause complete cure. Another disadvantage of curing fungal infection of nails is side effects of antifungal antibiotics, as they need to be taken long-term (8-12 weeks) and some of the side effects are potentially serious.

Some of the preventive measures of fungal infection of nails are discussed here:

  • Maintain good personal hygiene. Keep your nails trimmed and keep your hands and feet dry. Dry you feet (especially in between toes) properly after bath.
  • Use proper footwear (such as socks). Use cotton or woolen socks and keep your socks always dry. Change socks frequently, before they become damp and moistened. Take off your shoes occasionally during the day and after exercise to allow your feet to dry. You can also sometime use open-toed shoes, which help to keep your feet dry.
  • You can use anti fungal powder to keep your feet dry and safe from infection. Sprinkle anti fungal powder inside your shoes.
  • Do not injure skin around your nails while trimming them, as it may predispose fungal infection.
  • Try using rubber gloves to protect you hands from overexposure to water and turn the rubber gloves inside out to dry from time to time.
  • Do not go barefoot, especially in public places, especially in public pools, showers and locker rooms.
  • If you already have fungal infection in one or more nails, do not use nail polish or artificial nails to hide nail fungal infection as this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection. As the nail fungus infection can spread from one nail to the other, always wash your hands properly after toughing infected nail.

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Posted by - October 20, 2010 at 12:18 am

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