Can Mold Cause Hair Loss?

Most people love their hair. In fact, I don’t think that we realize how big of an emotional connection we have with our hair. When we’re young, we style it to fit in with the cool crowd. As we mature, we style it to maintain a professional look. Finally, as we grow a little older, we color and manipulate it to keep a young, fresh look.

However, one thing that we can’t manipulate is baldness. Well, unless we buy a wig. Of all of the numerous known hair loss causes, there’s one that you’ll learn more about today – mold. So, now that you know the answer to the question, “Can mold cause hair loss?”, let’s talk about why and then how to get your hair back.

Why mold causes hair loss

As you breathe in an excessive amount of mold spores, the spores can begin to affect your body in all types of ways. One of the ways that it can affect you is by causing allergy-like reactions. One of these reactions includes the creation of histamine, which is developed by your immune system as a defense mechanism. Histamine can cause inflammation, ultimately disrupting the circulation of blood vessels. The roots of your hair are maintained by tiny blood vessels known as capillaries. If the capillaries are the blood vessels that the mold spores decide to disrupt, your hair won’t get the appropriate blood flow and will begin to fall out.

The hair loss will most likely happen in a diffused pattern and won’t necessarily have any concentrated bald spots.

How to get your hair back

So now that we answered the question, “Can mold cause hair loss?”, and explained how it happens, let’s talk about how to get your hair to grow back. There are two steps that you need to take to stimulate hair growth. Get away from the mold and make sure it doesn’t come back!

Get away from the mold

The first thing that you need to do is figure out how to immediately distance yourself from the mold in your living environment. Getting away quickly from dangerous mold spores is crucial. Continuous and prolonged exposure can cause additional health problems related to mold. Do you need to leave temporarily? Is a permanent move the best solution? If you’re a tenant and your landlord won’t look into the mold problem, you should relocate as soon as possible.

Get rid of the mold for good!

If you elect to stay in your current home, mold remediation is strongly recommended. When deciding to go with mold remediation, first invest in a thorough mold inspection. This will help you pinpoint the source (water damage or moisture problem) of the mold growth. You also want to make sure that any hidden mold is found.

TCB EnviroCorp Offers Professional Mold Removal

If remediation is an option, TCB EnviroCorp can help. We’re ready to discuss your inspection, consultation, and mold removal needs. We also offer indoor air quality testing for your peace of mind. Call us today!