Genetic predisposition, medications and dietary deficiency are all fairly common causes of hair loss. However, there are other lesser known factors that could contribute to interrupted hair growth and excess hair shedding. One of these is environmental toxicity caused by the presence of mould in your home or workplace.
What is mould?
Mould is a type of fungus that grows in small hair-like structures known as filaments. Some moulds are useful and are incorporated into foods such as cheese, or medicines like the antibiotic penicillin. However, other moulds can cause severe damage to human/animal health, as well as property.
Harmful moulds in the home
Though mould may look like an inert substance, it can produce vast amounts of microscopic spores, which it uses to regenerate and spread. These spores can build up in closed up areas and cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Additionally, some moulds produce toxins, which can cause health problems with prolonged exposure.
Most harmful moulds require a dark and humid or steamy environment to flourish. This means that they are often found growing in bathrooms and kitchens, as well as any space where water has leaked or there has been a flood. Bear in mind that mould can grow in hidden spots too, such as behind wallpaper or under carpets.
Mould and hair loss
Mould related hair loss is usually caused by allergies to the mould. During an allergic reaction, the body produces histamine to fight back against the effects of the allergen. This can lead to inflammation of the scalp, which can, in turn, impede the blood circulation to the hair follicles. Over time, those affected by the condition might notice excess hair fall and problems with their hair growth. Remember, mould doesn’t tend to cause hair loss from a single exposure, but after ongoing exposure.
Although hair loss can be caused by mould, there are many other conditions that are more likely to make your hair fall out. If you are experiencing hair loss and are concerned about what is causing it, seek expert help. Vinci Hair Clinic have locations across the globe and are specialists in diagnosing and treating hair loss.