Did You Know That Exposure To Mold Can Cause Hair Loss?

Posted by Angela Ostroff on 08 August, 2016

Everyone knows that mold can cause problems. From fostering a foul smell to damaging the integrity of an entire building; from triggering respiratory illness to inducing long-term damage to the nervous system, the effects of mold can be, quite frankly, terrifying. Recent scientific research has added yet one more reason to fear a mold infestation: mold can cause premature hair loss in grown men, women, and even children. 

How Does Mold Cause Hair loss?

Hair loss caused by mold can typically be classified into one of two groups: localized fungal infections (such as ringworm,) and general mold allergies. Here are the key differences between these two types of mold-related hair loss:

  • Localized mold infections will, not surprisingly, tend to cause patchy hair loss, whereas generalized mold allergies will cause disperse thinning and eventual loss of hair.
  • Localized mold infections are extremely contagious. Mold allergies, on the other hand, are not.
  • Mold-related infections can be treated with antifungal medications. Hair loss related to mold allergies can also grow back with time. In both cases, however, it is critically important to remove exposure to mold as quickly as possible in order to facilitate recovery and to avoid further complications.

Other Causes of Hair Loss

Of course simply because you or someone you know is experiencing hair loss does not necessarily mean that mold is to blame. It is important to keep in mind that, for 95% of men, hair loss is caused by genetic factors. Allergies are another significant cause of hair loss in both men and women; however, mold is not the only allergen that can cause hair loss. Dust mites, pets, or even laundry detergent can all spark inflammation which ultimately interrupts the blood flow to the roots of your hair. However, if you are experiencing unexplained hair loss, or if you have reason to suspect that your home or place of business may be infested by mold, it is certainly worth the effort to investigate.

Identifying Mold

Most of the time, mold infestations can be either seen or smelled. It is important to keep in mind, however, that vigilance is necessary. Mold tends to thrive in precisely the places that we tend to miss--basements, attics, underneath carpets and behind wallpaper. If you believe that mold may be making you sick but cannot find mold by yourself, professional mold testing and mold removal may be necessary.

Treating a Mold Infestation

Though medical intervention is often necessary for people affected by a mold infestation, it is also important to understand that true recovery cannot take place until one is living in a mold free environment. This is why effective mold removal is a must. RMR Solution’s products help solve this problem by offering a comprehensive line of mold removal chemicals, as well as mold removal tools and safety equipment. Our New Customer Starter Bundle offers the tools you need to tackle your mold problem yourself! To learn more, visit RMR Solutions store and browse our selection. Alternatively, should you have any further questions, simply contact us to speak with a mold removal expert--we look forward to hearing from you!

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