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What can I do if I had an allergic reaction to hair dye?

What can I do if I had an allergic reaction to hair dye?

Put health before: Perception of beauty. Listen to your body. Avoid any future use of that product. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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How can I reduce swelling of face due to hair dye allergic reaction?

How can I reduce swelling of face due to hair dye allergic reaction?

Topical steroid: Try otc Hydrocortisone cream. However if the swelling is severe enough, your doctor may need to try you on a short course of oral cortisone as well. Avoidance will be the key in the future. ...Read more

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I'm a hairdresser. Can the odor from hair dye cause an allergic reaction or the throat to swell/close?

I'm a hairdresser. Can the odor from hair dye cause an allergic reaction or the throat to swell/close?

Yes, tho...: ..it techically isn't an allergy. Could be hypersensitivity to the odor of the aerosol which can actually trigger tightness in upper airways such as laryngospasm or paradoxical vocal cord movement. Sensation usually triggers coughs but highly distressing airway spasm may develop. Sipping water and exiting area help. Can't rule out asthma so I'd see an airway specialist: allergist/ent/or pulmonary. ...Read more

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I just had an allergic reaction to hair dye! Please help?

I just had an allergic reaction to hair dye! Please help?

Derm: Very potent topical steroids can help calm the rash, but as the hair dye washes away this reaction will subside. You can get patch tested to PPD to confirm that hair dye is the problem. ...Read more

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Hi I got treated at my ER last night for allergic reaction to hair dye and it's comes back today what should I do?

Hi I got treated at my ER last night for allergic reaction to hair dye and it's comes back today what should I do?

Allergic Reaction: I'm not sure what your treatment entailed last night. Hopefully, they gave you instructions for continued treatment. If they did not, then you need to return for care either to your regular physician, an urgent care or to the ER if you are having difficulty breathing, swallowing or closing up of your throat. If you just have a rash then I would take antihistamines until you can be seen. ...Read more

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Had allergic reaction to hair dye, it's 3weeks later and I'm done with my meds, but it's still draining. Wat do u recommend? Please contact me asap.

Had allergic reaction to hair dye, it's 3weeks later and I'm done with my meds, but it's still draining. Wat do u recommend? Please contact me asap.

Contact dermatitis: You must be very frustrated and I'll bet the itching is unbearable! I think you need to continue treatment to manage symptoms until this reaction works it's way out of your system. Are/were you using oral glucocorticosteroids (Prednisone, Medrol) as well as massaging a topical steroid lotion in the scalp? There may also be a superimposed infection that needs to be treated. You'll get better. ...Read more

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What can I do if I had an allergic reaction to hair dye?

Put health before: Perception of beauty. Listen to your body. Avoid any future use of that product. ...Read more

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How much time does a allergic reaction to hair dye take to occur?

How much time does a allergic reaction to hair dye take to occur?

24-96 hours: Contact reactions to hair dye are similar to that of poison ivy although the distribution is usually limited to the scalp, neck, shoulders and sometimes upper chest. It falls under the category of a type IV hypersensitivity reaction. This is different than a reaction to pollen or pets which cause immediate symptoms (minutes to a few hours) called a type I reaction. It appears in 24-96 hours. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to hair dye. Now have blisters, help?

Allergic reaction to hair dye. Now have blisters, help?

Call your doctor: Contact dermatitis to hair dye is common and can involve blisters. Call your doctor for medicine. Over the counter medicine will probably not be enough. ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction to my hair dye so they said next time they'd do a weave with foils. Is that ok?

I had an allergic reaction to my hair dye so they said next time they'd do a weave with foils. Is that ok?

Hair dye allergy: You should see an md to see whether you had an irritant or allergic reaction and if allergic you should have patch testing to determine which chemical is causing the reaction. The most common hair dye allergy is to a chemical called PPD and there are hair dyes without ppd. Consulting an allergy or dermatology specialist is your best bet. ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction to my hair dye and now my scalp if puffing up?

I had an allergic reaction to my hair dye and now my scalp if puffing up?

Patch test!: I would recommend seeing your allergist or dermatologist for patch testing. There are specific ingredients in some hair dyes that are notorious for causing such reactions. ...Read more

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I think I am experiencing a chemical burn or allergic reaction after using hair dye. My scalp has sores that are weeping. I do have Seborrheic Dermatitis. What can I do at home?

I think I am experiencing a chemical burn or allergic reaction after using hair dye. My scalp has sores that are weeping. I do have Seborrheic Dermatitis. What can I do at home?

Exam needed: Reactions to hair dye do occur and will resolve after a period of time. Since you have more than redness or itching, I recommend that you be examined by your physician or a dermatologist to see if secondary infection is present and if so, appropriate treatment can be started. In the meantime apply warm soaks and, if possible, apply a combination of antibacterial and cortisone type cream until seen ...Read more

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My mom has allergic reaction having face swelling & running little fluid from head hairs pores due to usage of ciprofloxicin 500 mg. Kindly advice?

My mom has allergic reaction having face swelling & running little fluid from head hairs pores due to usage of ciprofloxicin 500 mg. Kindly advice?

Allergic reaction: This is a serious allergic reaction and she needs immediate medical attention, please take her to the hospital as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can blue dye, such as fd&c blue no. 2, cause an allergic reaction such as swelling?

Can blue dye, such as fd&c blue no. 2, cause an allergic reaction such as swelling?

Possibly: I suspect the answer is yes. 11 patients with chronic, unexplained itchy skin rashes that responded to medication changes centered around avoidance of coloring agents, fd&c blue no. 1 (bright blue) and blue no. 2 (indigo carmine). Reactions to agents that color medications and foods may be more common than previously appreciated. This is from journal of drugs dermatol. 2013;12 (1):99-102. ...Read more

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Hi! Husband is allergic to hair dye and was given iterax and prednisone. After 1 day, blisters seemed to dry up and are flaking, but face is swelling?

Hi! Husband is allergic to hair dye and was given iterax and prednisone. After 1 day, blisters seemed to dry up and are flaking, but face is swelling?

Contact Dermatitis: Acute allergic contact dermatitis to hair dye causes lesions that consist of red, swollen, scaly plaques with evidence of fluid filled blisters in severe cases. Swelling may be prominent in areas in which the skin is thin such as the eyelids and lips on the face. Avoidance of triggers is the primary treatment followed by topical steroid creams and if severe oral steroids. See Allergist for details ...Read more

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My sister dyed her hair and it went wrong. We think it might be an allergic reaction. What to do?

My sister dyed her hair and it went wrong. We think it might be an allergic reaction. What to do?

Not enough info: We need to get a description of what reactions your sister has that you think she might have an allergic reaction. For hair dye, the common reaction is contact dermatitis due to sensitivity to PPD or parapolyethylenediamine allergy. In severe cases, the skin can form blisters and can get superinfection. Your sister need to wash off the dye with plenty of tap water and see a local physician soon. ...Read more

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Dyed my hair got an allergic reaction and bumps have spread to my neck?

Dyed my hair got an allergic reaction and bumps have spread to my neck?

Contact allergy: U will probably want to see a dermatologist or allergist for patch testing. It may identify what chemical in the hair dye that u r allergic to. This way u can avoid other products w the same chemical. ...Read more

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Hair dye allergy. Given iterax and prednisone fter 1 day, blisters dry up and startng to flake, but fave is swelling. Is this normal?

Hair dye allergy. Given iterax and prednisone fter 1 day, blisters dry up and startng to flake, but fave is swelling. Is this normal?

Contact Dermatitis: Acute allergic contact dermatitis to hair dye causes lesions that consist of red, swollen, scaly plaques with evidence of fluid filled blisters in severe cases. Swelling may be prominent in areas in which the skin is thin such as the eyelids and lips on the face. Avoidance of triggers is the primary treatment followed by topical steroid creams and if severe oral steroids. See Allergist for details ...Read more

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I want to dye my hair, but afraid from swelling face as it happen with my father. Any spceific herbal dye or reason behind swelling face after dye?

I want to dye my hair, but afraid from swelling face as it happen with my father. Any spceific herbal dye or reason behind swelling face after dye?

Chemicals can cause: Chemical reaction on scalp which can lead to facial swelling. I would suggest you have your hairstylist try a test spot on just one site of your scalp with the dye he/she is planning to use (in area above ear near hairline. If fine then do whole head ...Read more

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Dyed hair on monday and it is Wednesday now forehead and sides are swollen, taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) and cold compress, how long until swelling goes down?

Dyed hair on monday and it is Wednesday now forehead and sides are swollen, taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) and cold compress, how long until swelling goes down?

Dye sensitivity: Likely allergic to hair dye (usually the phenylenediamine component). This is a ''delayed hypersensitivity" unlikely to respond to benadryl (diphenhydramine) and unlikely to improve if exposure continues (wash out thoroughly). A physician would need to confirm by examination and patch testing to confirm. Treatment depends on severity. High potency topical steroid vs other topical immune suppressant vs other. ...Read more

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Had bad experience at salon after hair coloring. Are store hair dyes safer for your scalp and hair? Tyvm

Had bad experience at salon after hair coloring. Are store hair dyes safer for your scalp and hair? Tyvm

Hair dyes: Hair dyes with continued use may deteriorate the texture of your hair. In addition, some people may develop an allergic rash or even anaphylactic reaction. ...Read more

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I'm proned 2 allergic reactions but never a reaction to tattoo/hair dye. I just got a tattoo & hair dyed on same day (diff. Colors) will this harm me?

I'm proned 2 allergic reactions but never a reaction to tattoo/hair dye. I just got a tattoo & hair dyed on same day (diff. Colors) will this harm me?

No: If you are not allergic to the tattoo pigments or hair dye, you are at no higher risk in developing an allergic reaction to these two unrelated products. ...Read more

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If I have never had a reaction to home hair dye should I worry about one? Can I suddenly become allergic?

If I have never had a reaction to home hair dye should I worry about one? Can I suddenly become allergic?

Hair Dye: The culprit is a common chemical ingredient in permanent hair dyes, called para-phenylenediamine, or ppd. Ppd is found in more than two-thirds of commercial dyes, the researchers say, including many of the top-selling brands.
Patients with severe PPD reactions commonly develop painful rashes around the hair line or on the face, which often require treatment and can lead to hospitalization. ...Read more

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Can swelling in neck restrict blood flow to the head? Feeling dizzy on and off but it might be my allergies.

Can swelling in neck restrict blood flow to the head? Feeling dizzy on and off but it might be my allergies.

Swelling in neck: Swelling in neck may be a swollen lymph gland. It would not likely cause dizziness. The dizziness can certainly be caused by your allergies. ...Read more

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44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

Need good ultrasound study and a cardiac echo: Was there a reason found for the stroke? A clot in the leg may travel to the lung, but should not normally be able to get to the brain. The most likely reason it did is a defect in the heart. An echocardiogram will help sort the heart out, and can guide a repair. A good ultrasound of the legs is necessary to see if there is a recurrent clot. If not, another consideration is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome - failure o the valves in the leg veins from scarring after DVT. Patients with DVT need to wear compression hose daily for at least 2 yrs after DVT to minimize the risk of PTS. ...Read more

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37 yr-old woman has 2 years of pain and swelling in multiple joints, including stiffness, and is hoping to get her normal life back as aerobics.....?

37 yr-old woman has 2 years of pain and swelling in multiple joints, including stiffness, and is hoping to get her normal life back as aerobics.....?

Joint pain: Multiple joints swelling and pain sounds like you have active arthritis, Have yourself examined to rule out Rheumatoid arthritis or any other connective tissue problem. ...Read more

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What can cause hives and swelling if its not an allergic reaction?

Hives and angioedema: Most hives and angioedema are caused by allergic reactions however they can also be caused by reactions to medications or things like heat, cold or sunlight.
A variety of infections, including viral or bacterial infections, or collagen vascular disorders can cause a very similar rash. ...Read more

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Some swelling of the tongue? Is it always a danger of allergic reaction?

Some swelling of the tongue? Is it always a danger of allergic reaction?

Most likely: There are several things that can cause swelling of the tongue, but the one that you must be concerned is an allergic reaction, whereby if the swelling progresses it can cut off the airways causing death. There are other factors such as hereditary angioedema, which need to be evaluated by a specialist in these conditions, such as a board certified allergist. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more