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Hair Dye Allergic Reaction
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
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
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
I had an allergic reaction to my hair dye so they said next time theyd 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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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