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Itchy scalp&skin from hair dye. No visible reaction. Can it get worse/serious? Chlorpheniramine (antihistamine) tablets available here. Safe to use?

Itchy scalp&skin from hair dye. No visible reaction. Can it get worse/serious? Chlorpheniramine (antihistamine) tablets available here. Safe to use?

Yes: As I mentioned earlier, as long as you will not be driving or engaging in other complex or dangerous activity, it is okay to take antihistamine medication. ...Read more

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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


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How can I stop scalp weeping from hair dye allergy?

How can I stop scalp weeping from hair dye allergy?

Avoidance: There is no treatment for contact allergy other than avoidance and oral steroids. Because of side effects, long-term or repeated doses of steroids is not a good idea. If you've developed a contact allergy to a hair dye, the only reasonable thing to do is stop using it. Patch testing by an allergist can help you figure out which dyes you should avoid. ...Read more

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How to stop scalp weeping from an allergy to hair dye?

How to stop scalp weeping from an allergy to hair dye?

Steroids: I think you need immediate attention, this is a serious allergy and can cause loss of hair and patchy hair if you do not treat it properly. Go see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hair dye allergy?

How do I know if I have hair dye allergy?

Patch testing: Quite a number of hair dyes are notorious allergens. If you read the small print on the dye, it warns of reactions. If you develop a rash and/or severe itching on your neck, upper back and/or your forehead and eyelids initially a week after dyeing your hair and with time the interval getting shorter, odds are significant. For diagnosis, see an allergist/immunologist for patch testing. ...Read more

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Nuralgia or hair dye allergy, how can I tell?

Nuralgia or hair dye allergy, how can I tell?

Easiest solution: The easiest solution would be to see if it gets better after stopping the hair dye. Also, if it gets better with allergy medications, it probably is an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a hair dye allergy or dermatitis?

How to tell the difference between a hair dye allergy or dermatitis?

Can be a challenge: Allergic reactions to hair dye and other hair hair chemicals (perms) can lead to skin reaction on the scalp called dermatitis. These products may also lead to skin reaction on the eyelids. Another scalp condition is seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap in infants). A dermatologist or allergist would be a good resource to sort out the cause of the rash. Allergy patch testing may be helpful. ...Read more

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Can you have a hair dye allergy?

Can you have a hair dye allergy?

Hair dye allergy: Definitely possible to be allergic to hair dye. Rash on scalp or around ears and back of neck after applying dye suggests allergy. ...Read more

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I have an allergy rash from hair dye. I have been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for a few days and it has still not completely gone away. What should I do?

I have an allergy rash from hair dye. I have been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for a few days and it has still not completely gone away. What should I do?

Rash too?: If scalp is red and itchy as part of the dye reaction, you may need application of topical steroid solution, or oral steroids, to calm down the reaction. These are prescriptions available through your primary doctor, or a dermatologist. ...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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What are skin allergy tests for hair dyes?

What are skin allergy tests for hair dyes?

Patch Test: To test for allergy to hair dye, a small patch containing the hair dye chemical is placed on the skin and held in place by tape for 48 to 72 hours. After removal, the doctor will look for a local reaction where the hair dye contacted the skin to diagnose allergy to the dye (phenylenediamine). ...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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Does piriton allergy tablets cause breathing problems? I've been experiencing breathing difficulties since I've taken them.

Does piriton allergy tablets cause breathing problems? I've been experiencing breathing difficulties since I've taken them.

No: Piriton is the uk version of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine which is safe and has been available over the counter in the usa for decades. It can make your secretions dry and thick, so if you has asthma, it could make it worse, but that's true of all antihistamines, not just piriton. If you're short of breath, please seek medical help! ...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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Is it normal to have a slight reaction to hair dye for many people?

Is it normal to have a slight reaction to hair dye for many people?

Hair dye allergy: Hair dye is a fairly common cause of rash or contact dermatitis. Once sensitivity occurs, subsequent exposures may cause more severe rash. Avoid hair dye if you have rash after contact. It can take up to 2 to 3 days for the rash to develop after the exposure! ...Read more

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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

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My face is swollen a reaction to hair dye, but company is close any ideas?

My face is swollen a reaction to hair dye, but company is close any ideas?

Benedryl may help: Benedryl may help or other otc antihistamines may benefit you, however, you may need to see your doctor or seek help at urgent care for topical or injectable medications. If you are having any problems breathing then seek immediate help. ...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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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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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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Since I had the reaction to hair dye, my rash is weeping clear fluids and I scratched my foot too hard and now it also is weeping. Is this normal?

Since I had the reaction to hair dye, my rash is weeping clear fluids and I scratched my foot too hard and now it also is weeping. Is this normal?

No: It sounds like eczema, contact eczema / atopic eczema, you need to see your doctor /dermatologist, meanwhile keep the area clean and dry, you may apply OTC hydrocortisone cream in the interim till you see your doctor ...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'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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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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Is Gentian Violet safe to use as an alternative hair dye? Pros and cons? Possibility of reaction?

Is Gentian Violet safe to use as an alternative hair dye? Pros and cons? Possibility of reaction?

Safe not practical: Gentian violet is commonly used in the mouths of small children, so it should certainly be safe on the scalp. However it stains everything it touches, so there are far more practical options for hair dyeing. ...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 am 54 and use hair dye but every time I get reaction and want to know what kind of dyes shall I use and what over-the-counter medecine I can use?

I am 54 and use hair dye but every time I get reaction and want to know what kind of dyes shall I use and what over-the-counter medecine I can use?

P-phenylenediamine: Common allergen in hair dye to avoid is p-phenylenediamine. This is also added to henna tattoos to make them darker on the skin so avoid that if this is truly your allergy. I believe that hair dyes made with vegetable dyes are your only options. Would love to hear if other physicians have some pearls. ...Read more