Mold Allergens and Hair Loss
Loss of hair could be a result of human’s allergic reaction to mould. Studies have shown that people living in homes patched with mold are more likely to suffer hair loss. Hair loss affects all people, women and children included.
How does Mold Allergy cause Hair Loss
Blood circulation in the human body is responsible for the growth and normal functioning of body organs and tissues. Hair is one of them. Hair grows from a follicle on the head and this growth is sustained by a constant supply of blood through the capillaries. An interference with the blood supply means normal growth of hair is disrupted.
For hair to start falling off during an allergic reaction, one will have inhaled mold allergens. Since allergens are foreign to the body, your immune system automatically triggers the production of histamine which in turns causes dilation of capillaries. When this happens, normal flow of blood is affected. Once there is not enough supply of blood to the hair follicles, your hair begins to thin or even fall off and usually without any particular pattern but all over the head commonly referred to as diffused pattern.
If you notice mold in certain areas of your house, have them removed as a preventative and curative measure for mold allergies.
Hair Loss can be caused by other Allergies too
Apart from molds, other indoor allergens too are likely to cause hair loss. A long period of exposure to such allergens without getting rid of them and treating yourself may result in hair loss.
Common indoor allergens include pet dander, chemicals and biological enzymes present in laundry detergents, and dust mites.
How to treat hair loss caused by Mold
After you are certain that mold is what is causing your hair loss, wisdom dictates that you address the cause first, as a preventative measure, rather than the symptoms. Therefore, get rid of the mold in your home as best as you can. A mold test is a sure way of inspecting your home for molds.
After removal of mold, the next step will be to ensure that you don’t have more mold problems by consistently HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Vacuuming your home to reduce the presence of mold spores. This type of vacuum, unlike the normal vacuums, filters up to 99.97% of airborne particles, mold spores included.
Thirdly, consult an allergy specialist or a doctor for anti-fungal treatment. He may prescribe a nasal spray, oral tablets, or creams for application on the affected area.
What are the Chances of Hair Growing Back
A successful treatment of hair loss is possible. However, it may take some time for hair to grow to normal and this will be determined by whether a person is still exposed to mold or not.
A permanent removal of mold from your house and immediately seeking the doctor’s attention for mold allergy treatment will most certainly increase your chances of having your hair back. Mold causes hair follicles to be either dormant or dead. After treatment, dormant hair follicles are reactivated for hair to grow back but the same case will not apply where follicles were already dead.
Fungal infection and Hair Loss
Fungal infection that results in hair loss is usually caused by dermatophytes, a parasitic fungus that attacks the epidermis. An example of such mold-like fungi is the ringworm, scientifically known as Tinea Capitis
While hair loss caused by mold allergy occurs in a diffused pattern, that caused by fungal infection is patchy. Usually, these patches start of as a tiny pimple and end up as red, itching peeling patches with hair falling of the affected area.
Clear signs of a fungal infection causing hair loss are an inflamed scalp, tender and peeling skin. For others you might notice rashes appearing. Fungal infections are communicable and easily affect people with weak immunity. These infections are also common among children.
Treating Fungal Infection
The best remedy is to speak to a specialist who will give an anti-fungal prescription. Some effective anti-fungal creams include terbinafine and miconazole. Anti-fungal nasal sprays and oral tablets are also used for treatment. In many cases, hair will grow back after successful treatment.