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I have a chemical burn on a my skin surrounding beard from just for men it's red with pulse and swollen and it itches terribly im black american light brown complexion and what can help it heal quickly i work in public help please or do i go to er
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Dr. G Funarianswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 47 years experience
I : I recommend washing the area thoroughly with mild soap and water. Once clean and dry, apply a topical antibiotic ointment. Keep the site clean, dry and with adequate antibiotic ointment applied to cover the area. You might consider over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with the itching. If the area shows no improvement in 4 to 5 days consult your physician. This contact allergy due the active ingredient p-phenylenediamine. P-phenylenediamine is a dark dye used in almost all permanent hair dyes and some semi-permanent hair coloringthis contact allergy may cause your skin to react when it is exposed to this substance, although it may take several days for the symptoms to appear. Typical symptoms include redness, swelling, itching and fluid-filled blisters.P-phenylenediamine is a dark dye used in almost all permanent hair dyes and some semi-permanent hair coloring may cause your skin to react when it is exposed to this substance, although it may take several days for the symptoms to appear. Typical symptoms include redness, swelling, itching and fluid-filled blisters.
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Dr. Tina Alsteranswered
37 years experience
You : You likely have experienced an allergic reaction to the p-phenylenediamine that is present in the dye. You should clean the area with a mild soap (do not scrub) and apply an over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream at least 2-4 times a day. If the condition does not improve considerably (with decreased itching/burning/crusting) over the next 24 hours, i suggest that you seek medical attention.
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Last updated Jan 24, 2019
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