• What is ketoconazole and can it help combat my hair loss?

    What is ketoconazole and can it help combat my hair loss?

    With hair loss being a problem for many people, everyone is looking for the magic cure to solve hair loss. Today we’re looking at ketoconazole to see if it is something that can help to combat hair loss.

    What is ketoconazole?

    Ketoconazole is a drug that belongs to the class called azole antifungals. The drug works by stopping the growth of fungus. Ketoconazole should not be used in order to treat fungal infections on the skin and nails due to the risk of serious side effects and drug interactions.

    The medication is usually taken once a day by mouth however the drug is also used in topical treatments that can be used for skin conditions such as pityriasis and certain types of dandruff.

    Can ketoconazole stop hair loss?

    If used as a topical treatment, which has to be prescribed by a doctor, ketoconazole targets fungal infections by lowering the production of testosterone and other androgens by the adrenal gland and reproductive organs.

    These anti-androgenic effects can be used in a way to treat hair loss, you can find shampoo that contains 2% ketoconazole which can be prescribed for the treatment of scalp conditions and also help treat certain types of alopecia.

    It is important to remember that not all types of hair loss can be stopped, for example, male pattern baldness is a permanent type of hair loss and there is no cure or medication that can cause the ‘dead’ hair follicles to produce new hair. With this in mind, it is advised that you visit a hair loss specialist to get to the bottom of the cause of your hair loss, you can then work on finding an appropriate treatment.

    If you would like to set up a consultation with one of our hair loss specialists, please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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