Ever had a hair dye allergy
I am on the fifth day of horrific scalp pain and itchy hives all over after using L’Oreal permanent hair dye. I’d used Clairol temporary dye in the past with absolutely no problem, so I didn’t think I had to do a test.
I read that 5 percent of the population is allergic to hair dye.
A good friend of mine suffered from a severe allergy, and after doing some research, he’s convinced it was due to the PPD in the hair dye. yet! He was also dyeing his hair to remove the gray. Needless to say, he’s definitely going gray now, and with great pleasure!
He had to go to the doctor, who put him on prednisone (a synthetic corticosteroid drug) to take care of the inflammation and itching. Then it still didn’t go away, so he had to take another medication of the same type, but a bit stronger. All in all, he was dealing with this off and on for about three or four months. I truly hope your allergy goes away much sooner than that! He was miserable, and also had to take Benadryl (and a prescription drug from the doctor which also made him sleepy and groggy). It was weird; a hive would appear, stay for about twenty minutes, and then go away only to appear later somewhere else on his body!
Please note that corticosteroids suppress your immune system, so you end up more susceptible to colds, etc. Also, be sure to take them exactly as directed, as there’s a tapering off period when the dosage gets lower and lower over a few days. But I’m sure your doctor will go over that with you.
I’m not sure how accurate a great source Wikipedia is, but here’s more info on prednisone:
Prednisone Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Benedryl knocks me out like a sleeping pill. So the doctor said to take Claritin. I took Claritin at 4 am this morning, and it lasted until 9 am, and all the symptoms are now back, and Claritin is a 24 hour pill.
I just got off the phone with L’Oreal, and they are sending out a "request" for my medical bills, which I presume they will pay in order to stave off class action suits.
All I wanted L’Oreal to answer for me is: a) how long does this last for most people and b) do I
wholesale hair need to cut off all my hair? They repeatedly responded they couldn’t give me "medical" advice. That’s not medical advice! That’s information they have in their files!
I don’t want to cut off all my hair if not needed, but if it IS, I will do it. I can’t believe they won’t give me that
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My doctor said I’d have to go in and get a shot if the Claritin didn’t work. I really don’t want to do that, but I’m forced to.
I never liked the Sinead O’Connor look. I have long hair, so cutting it at all will not be easy.
Yes, of course it is the PPD, and France, Germany, and Sweden have all banned the chemical. I had no clue. because NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE should ever have to go through the pain I’m going through right now. They may be offering to pay my medical bills, but what about my pain and suffering?
Big business should not have that power to inflict such pain on a human being and continue doing so in order to make a buck.
I’m going to create a PowerPoint presentation about this experience and post it on the Internet. If someone had warned me, I never would have touched L’Oreal products.
I didn’t do a "test" because other brands of hair dye (Clairol) have worked just fine. Plus, it wouldn’t have made any difference because symptoms didn’t appear for 1.5 days.
I would love to know other people’s experiences.
Cutting your hair off is not going to help the situation. The allergic reaction is on your scalp (and possibly elsewhere if you are highly allergic) and the hair that grows out of your head is already dead, so cutting it off would have no effect whatsoever.
Technically a patch test should be done for every brand, and every line within that brand.
You switched from a semi permanent to a permanent haircolor, that is a BIG switch, it would’ve probably happened with the Clairol permanent too.
It totally sucks and I hope you feel better soon. Looks like you’ve gotten great info from folks here, I think if the Benadryl doesn’t help enough you may have to see the Doc. But don’t add insult to injury and chop off your hair!
I am sorry you are suffering. It sounds like you and I used the same dye but even though I also did not do the patch test I have not had any problems. The reason they tell you to do the test is
wholesale brazilian lace closure because anyone can be allergic and not realize. So for anybody considering not doing the test; do it. You never know and I’m sure you don’t want to suffer like OP is.
I’m not sure but maybe a clarifying shampoo; scalpicin? I’d hate to suggest something that might possibly make it worse; but I’d definitely say to rinse your scalp often. Please come back and let us know when your suffering ends.