Hair dye allergy swells woman's head to twice its size

Henrietta Strickland
December 2, 2018

In her statement which she had made to the news, she said that once she applied the hair dye, in no time she started to notice that there's something wrong as she started feeling tingling and irritation on her scalp.

Estelle, an English student from Paris, had wanted to carry out the simple transition from blonde to brunette and had bought a common hair dying product from the supermarket so she could do it herself. She said that she had this reaction as she used a DIY home hair kit that contained a chemical naming paraphenylenediamine which is also called as PPD. The chemical is normally found in nearly all of the dyes. PPD can cause fatal complications such as rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, angioneurotic edema, and respiratory failure, Journal of Research in Medical Sciences reported. Hence, a patch test is recommended to determine whether you are allergic to the dye and Estelle said that she did the test as instructed. Before applying hair dye, users are required to do a patch test and wait for 48 hours to monitor any adverse reaction to the chemicals. On the way, her head continued to swell, and upon arrival at the hospital it measured 6,363cm in circumference. Her head also began to swell and she took antihistamines to help with the severe reaction.

She was in a situation where she could just hardly breathe.

Estelle, who shared photos of her swollen head on social media, says she had bought a standard hair dye from a supermarket in Val-de-Marne, on the outskirts of Paris.

An adrenaline shot was administered to Estelle and she was asked to stay in the hospital overnight. Her tongue swelled, her heart started pacing and her breathing became hard.

"I nearly died, I don't want something similar to happen to other people", Estrella said, who now wants to spread the warning about the apparent dangers of the supermarket dye. "I do not want this to happen to others".

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