After Using A Hair Color, This Woman's Head Swelled After An Allergic Reaction

Hair coloring products contain many chemical ingredients that can irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions. In case this risk is not...

Hair coloring products contain many chemical ingredients that can irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions. In case this risk is not taken into account, the consequences can be horrible and this young woman was the cost when she saw her head swell after the application of a color.

Allergy to hair dyes
Most cases of allergy following the use of hair coloring are caused by an ingredient called paraphenylenediamine, also called PPD. The latter is a chemical that is also found in temporary tattoo ink and in gasoline.

In canned dyes, PPD usually comes in its own bottle, accompanied by an oxidant. When both are mixed, the PPD becomes partially oxidized. This is the time when it is likely to cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it.

In case of allergy to hair dye, the symptoms can range from mild to severe. They can occur immediately or take up to 48 hours to come forward.

Symptoms of allergy to hair dyes include:
  • Burning sensation on the scalp, face or neck
  • Ampoules or brands
  • Itching or swelling of the scalp and face
  • Eyelids, lips, hands or swollen feet
  • A red rash anywhere on the body

In order to realize the consequences of this kind of product, here is the case of a woman who says she almost died of a severe allergic reaction to hair dye.


A color that turns into a nightmare
Student in English in Paris, Estelle, 19, has shared a number of horrible pictures of herself where her head has almost doubled in size. She said she had an allergic reaction because of a hair dye kit containing paraphenylenediamine (PPD).

In an interview with our Parisian colleagues, Estelle said she bought the hair dye at a local supermarket and followed the instructions inside.

However, she admits that on the packet of the staining product, it is written that an allergy test must be carried out 48 hours before use and that an allergy can put the life of a person in danger, but after Having taken the test, Estelle waited only half an hour before putting the dye on her head.

The young woman says that almost immediately after the application of coloring, she felt that something was wrong when her scalp began to tingle and irritate.

Subsequently, Estelle became quickly worse off when her scalp began to swell, and she had difficulty breathing, but after taking a pharmacist's medical opinion, she took antihistamines and applied a cream before going to bed. However, the next morning, she woke up with pain and saw her swollen head.

Estelle said she had already had a slight allergic reaction before with another hair dye, which is why she did a short allergy test this time.

Although she did not follow the instructions to the letter, Estelle's mother now hopes that her daughter's incident will make people aware of the dangers of hair dye. She also said that the warning must be clearer on the boxes of products.

Estelle also hopes that people will take notice of her warning, saying that she almost died and that she does not want something similar to happen to other people.

Fortunately, Estelle has not sustained any lasting damage and now she is more than aware of the dangers that some chemicals may pose.

What should you do in case of an allergic reaction caused by hair dye?

To limit the damage and treat the symptoms of an allergy related to hair dye, here's what to do:
  • If you experience a mild reaction to the dye, rinse it immediately and thoroughly with warm water and mild shampoo.
  • It is essential to consult a dermatologist who will prescribe the appropriate treatment for your condition depending on the severity of your case.
  • To avoid such problems, it is recommended to use organic vegetable stains that do not contain chemicals harmful to your health. 


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