Can Candida Cause Hair Loss?

My mom’s hair has been thinning for quite some time now (she is 55 and after menopause). She consulted a herbalist that suggested she might be suffering from candida, which can cause hair loss.
Can candida cause hair loss?

2 Answers to “Can Candida Cause Hair Loss?”

  1. EllenJ Says:

    Candida is a fungus that resides within the digestive system. Everyone have it and it is considered harmless in small quantities.

    However, there is an ongoing debate between alternative medicine specialists and “regular” western doctors, about the side effects candida causes when it starts to overgrow and causes what is commonly referred to as candidiasis.

    So there is no one answer to the question “can candida cause hair loss” – Most doctors say that there is no connection between candida and hair loss.

    Alternative medicine specialists disagree and say that this infection, among other things, can cause hair loss.

    One possible side effect of candidiasis is folliculitis, which is an inflammation of hair follicules. This can cause itchiness sometimes hair loss as well.

  2. Emma Says:

    Candida was diagnosed not too long ago (20 years) and therefore a lot of things about it are still unknown.

    Symptoms that Candida is negatively affecting the body include:

    • Craving for sweets or baked good
    • Tiredness
    • Headaches
    • Hair loss
    • Lack of energy

    In any case, alternative medicine offers mostly harmless treatments for Candida, which include a change of diet and vitamin supplements.

    As long as the diet offered is not very extreme, it is a good idea to treat Candida and see if the hair loss situation improves.