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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. 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


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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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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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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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I use a permanent hair dye 3 years ago and did not use the treatment came with it overtime I had brittle, flaking, hair loss with a bulb on the end?

I use a permanent hair dye 3 years ago and did not use the treatment came with it overtime I had brittle, flaking, hair loss with a bulb on the end?

See a dermatologist: There are various types of hair loss. When you see the dr bring all meds, vits, bc pills. It is not likely a result of stress or nutrition. Have you been ill, pregnant, or lost weight? Menst normal? Iud? ...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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I just found out I caught head lice, they are just about gone I have to do anothet treatment this sunday comming is it ok to still dye my hair?

I just found out I caught head lice, they are just about gone I have to do anothet treatment this sunday comming is it ok to still dye my hair?

Head lice: Actually dying your hair is one way to keep head lice away. Lice will not affect dyed hair. Let your beautician know so they can take appropriate precaution. If it is at home, no issue. ...Read more

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Can a pulsed-dye laser affect future facial hair growth if applied to cheek for port wine stain treatment please help.

Can a pulsed-dye laser affect future facial hair growth if applied to cheek for port wine stain treatment please help.

Probably not: Different lasers target different color targets. In case of pulse dye generally red colors are targeted which is why it is used for port wine staining. If your facial hair is closer in color to PWS there may be a small effect but it isn't likely. ...Read more

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Does head lice treatment lighten dyed hair?

Does head lice treatment lighten dyed hair?

Head lice: If you use rid or another over the counter treament, you only use it once, rinse and comb out hair. Some repeat in a week. I have not seen it change the color of peoples hair, but call you colorist. ...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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What are the symptoms of hair dye poisoning?

What are the symptoms of hair dye poisoning?

Hair Dyes: Hair dyes can lead to both skin irritation (contact dermatitis) & allergic reactions. This is largely because some dyes contain parphenylendiamine. The skin that was in contact with the dye may become dry, red, swollen, blistered, cracked or pustules are sometimes seen. An allergic reaction may lead to generalized itching, facial/ scalp swelling or in some severe cases to anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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What could have caused me to be allergic to hair dye?

What could have caused me to be allergic to hair dye?

PPD: The most common allergy in hair dye is para-phenylenediamine (ppd). Interestingly, this allergy can also be seen in patients with a sulfa allergy. Some people just become allergic. ...Read more

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Could hair dye really cause cancer?

Could hair dye really cause cancer?

I doubt it: There has been some rumors about it, but there is no definite proof that Hair dyes cause Cancer. This is all based on the usual concern that chemicals in our environment may be the cause of cancer, yet the proof is lacking to blame the hair coloring dyes. ...Read more

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What occurs if you drank black hair dye?

What occurs if you drank black hair dye?

That would depend on: The contents of the specific product & the amount ingested. For accidental ingestion of this or any other possibly toxic product call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 or be evaluated at your nearest emergency room. If someone is considering a deliberate ingestion of hair dye- they should seek psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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Is hair dye supposed to sting your hair for a while?

Is hair dye supposed to sting your hair for a while?

HAIR DYE STING: SOME HAIR CAN STING ON THE INITIAL APPLICATION.
IF IT STILL STINGS, GET A DIFFERENT BRAND WITH DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS.
BEST LUCK. ...Read more

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Can hair dye cause zits on my head?

Can hair dye cause zits on my head?

Possibly.: Hair dyes can lead to both skin irritation (contact dermatitis) & allergic reactions. This is largely because some dyes contain parphenylendiamine. The skin that was in contact with the dye may become dry, red, swollen, blistered, cracked or pustules are sometimes seen. An allergic reaction may lead to generalized itching, facial/ scalp swelling or in some severe cases to anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a horrible rash from hair dye?

How can I get rid of a horrible rash from hair dye?

Get treatment: I would seek medical attention sooner than later as it may leave long lasting effects on your scalp. Seek medical attention for it. You need topical and maybe oral steroids and stop using hair dye until you have a patch test and determine the cause, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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Can allergic dermatitis to hair dye cause your hair to fall out?

Can allergic dermatitis to hair dye cause your hair to fall out?

Possibly: In addition to a scalp rash it is possible to experience hair loss with contact dermatitis to hair dye. However dying or bleaching hair can also damage hair and cause hair loss. See a doctor preferably one experienced in contact dermatitis for evaluation such as a dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more

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How safe is the product Betty 'down there' hair dye for the vagina?

How safe is the product Betty 'down there' hair dye for the vagina?

Never seen it: I must admit I have never seen this product or had a patient dye their pubic hair. Based on the information on their website it appears to be a standard hair dye product just branded for pubic hair use. I can not comment specifically on the safety for genital use but it is likely as safe as other hair dye products. ...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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Any danger using or touching hair dye often?

Any danger using or touching hair dye often?

Yes, most dyes TOXIC: This is a great question. Few people (including doctors) realize how toxic most hair dyes are. Hair dyes can cause asthma & allergic reactions and are associated with increased risk of certain cancers (like non-hodgkin's lymphoma) & primary biliary cirrhosis, a lethal condition. However, not all dyes are equally toxic- there are safe alternatives like henna. See www. Squidoo. Com/hairdyedangers. ...Read more

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What chemicals in hair dye can have consequences for your health?

What chemicals in hair dye can have consequences for your health?

PPDE: Most common cause of allergic reaction or contact dermatitis to hair dye is ppde (para-phenylenediamine). This can cause mild to severe reactions ranging from redness, swelling and itching of the scalp, eyes, and skin around the hairline to severe anaphylactic reaction. Hairdressers who are allergic can also develop rash of their hands. Only cure is to avoid this chemical. ...Read more

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How can I remove hair dye from skin?

How can I remove hair dye from skin?

Removing hair dye: From skin. You can purchase a haircolor stain remover from a beauty supply store. Or apply cigar or cigarette ash to a moist washcloth and gently rub it over the stained skin. Or you can use Hydrogen Peroxide (2% by volume) to lighten the stain. ...Read more

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What are the signs that you are allergic to hair dye?

Itchy scalp rash.: Allergy to chemicals found in hair coloring would typically be first noticed as an itchy red rash on the scalp or hairline. It is a condition called contact dermatitis. Blistering may occur. The face, neck, and eyelids may also be involved. Some people might get red swelling, such as hives in these areas as well. Diagnosis would involve a chemical patch test by an allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more