Whilst the majority of hair loss cases can be attributed to a genetic predisposition in men (95% of men with noticeable hair loss are experiencing male pattern baldness) there can occasionally be other environmental reasons behind the excess shedding. Whilst it’s unusual, it’s true that mould can sometimes be the cause.
The reason behind mould-related hair loss is that if you live in a house with a mould problem, the mould can cause an allergic reaction, in adult males and also in women and children. So, if your entire family begin to notice excessive hair fall at the same time, it’s worth considering what environmental factor could be a potential cause.
When you breathe in mould spores, an allergic reaction can be triggered in your body, which leads it to create a chemical named histamine. This causes inflammation, which disrupts the blood flow in the capillaries (the blood vessels that nourish the hair follicle). This inflamation can mean that not enough blood reaches the hair follicle, and eventually this can cause the hair to fall out.
Of course, hair loss due to allergic reaction isn’t limited to mould in terms of environmental triggers. Other common causes of allergic reactions that can potentially lead to hair loss include dust mites, pets and your laundry detergent.
So, if you believe mould to be the reason behind hair loss, it’s important to closely inspect your home for all traces of the mould, or have the job done by a professional. Once located, the mould should be removed, and again a professional should be used to carry out this task. Once all mould has been dealt with, regular checks should be carried out to ensure that it hasn’t returned.
When Mould Attacks
Whilst mould removal is important, it may not be sufficient to stop your hair loss. A hair loss treatment programme containing clinically proven hair loss medication should be sufficient to regrow hair from follicles that have been damaged by exposure to mould, providing that the hair follicles have not completely died.
On a related note, a mould-like fungal infection such as ringworm (tinea capitis) can occur on the scalp, caused by parasitic fungi. This can result in patchy hair loss, whereas hair loss from a mould allergy will usually appear as diffuse thinning. A fungal infection can be very contagious between people and should be treated, usually with an anti-fungal cream, at the earliest opportunity.
If, once the infection has been cleared up, your hair is failing to return to its former thickness, a hair loss treatment plan that contains a high strength minoxidil should help to regrow hair. Along with Propecia, minoxidil has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA as a hair loss treatment, and can, along with certain hair growth boosters, form a comprehensive hair growth treatment plan.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.