Hair Dye Allergy Treatment in Mercer Island, WA
The Growing Risk of Hair Dye Allergies
With the growing number of people striving to look younger, there is no shortage of demand for hair dye products. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the growing risk of hair dye allergies. Chemicals commonly found in hair dyes—including ammonia and peroxide—may trigger an allergic reaction.
Allergic reactions to hair dye are often characterized by inflamed flaky rashes on the face, scalp, neck, ears, and other parts of the body which may have been exposed to the dye. Those with sensitive skin are believed to be at greater risk.
Symptoms of Hair Dye Allergies
- Redness, itchiness and flaking of scalp
- Urticaria (hives)
- Dermatitis (inflammation of the skin)
In rare cases, an allergic reaction can cause swelling in the face, difficulty breathing and anaphylactic shock. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Testing For Hair Dye Allergies
It's possible to perform a basic test for allergens in hair dyes by applying a small amount of the dye to an isolated area of skin and monitoring the area for symptoms over the course of 48 hours. You may also choose to seek medical attention either for the treatment of symptoms or for help identifying which chemicals in hair dye are triggering an allergic reaction.
Treatment of Hair Dye Allergies
In some severe cases, doctors may prescribe corticosteroid or antihistamine medication for powerful symptom relief. Over-the-counter medications such as hydrocortisone cream may be effective in relieving the symptoms of hair dye allergies. The symptoms of hair dye allergies are not typically believed to be fatal, except in cases where breathing is obstructed or anaphylactic shock is induced. However, the symptoms can be incredibly painful and irritating. Request more information about hair dye allergies today. Call (206) 966-4522 or contact Dr. Marina Abrams online.
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