How Long do Hair Dye Allergies Last?


I just got my hair dyed and developed allergy, have been researching and found you. I was just curious about how long it takes for hair dye allergy to end. And any advice you might have to take away/minimize symptoms.





Update for 2015

Since I wrote my original reply to this reader's question, I've learned that sometimes one chemical exposure, even to something you've used before, can create an ongoing health problem, if this is added to an already stressful situation. Some of you who have written in about your hair dye allergies have had this experience. There is hope, but if you cannot recover from your hair dye allergies, even with medical help, it may be that your body has begun to get overly sensitized.

Something similar happened to me, but not from a hair dye allergy. It was pretty scary, but I recovered through using a limbic system retraining program to calm down the over-inflammation that happened from my chemical exposures. You can read my story at When Hypersensitivity Goes Too Far


My original reply

Hi, and thank you for writing. I am so sorry to hear of the hair dye allergies you experienced. Yes, sadly this is a problem that many people who use hair dyes with PPD (p-Phenylenediamine ), a controversial ingredient that in my opinion should not be allowed in hair products because so many people have allergic reactions to it.

PPD goes by many names and so you may think that your hair coloring product does not contain it, however if it contains phenylinediamine, benzenediamine, aminoaniline dihydrochloride, these also are PPD.

PPD can also be known as PPDA, 4-Phenylenediamine, para-Diaminobenzene (p-Diaminobenzene), 4-Benzenediamine, 1,4-Phenylenediamine, para-Aminoaniline (p-Aminoaniline), and also is called by several trademarked brand names such as Rodol, Ursol and Orsin.

You would be wise to avoid all hair dyes that are considered oxidation hair dyes, which come in two separate bottles.

There are also some related ingredients that can cause allergic reactions such as Para-aminosalicylic acid, or Benzocaine and procaine which are local anasthetics used by dentists and doctors.

It is always a good idea to do a skin test before using any kind of product on your body or hair. Apply a small amount of the hair dye product to the inside of your elbow or behind the ear and wait three days or more. If no allergy develops, you likely will not have a reaction.

You may be able to ask your hair stylist to remove the hair coloring, which may reduce your symptoms, however I don't know what chemicals are used to remove the dye, so I recommend you consult your doctor to be sure.

Hair dye allergies can appear from a few minutes, to up to ten days after being exposed to the PPD. Some people get better in a few days or weeks. Others have symptoms for longer.

Sometimes the symptoms will go away on their own, as soon as you stop using the hair dye. It can be helpful to shampoo your hair with a gentle hypoallergenic shampoo and then rinse your hair with a 2% hydrogen peroxide solution to neutralize the PPD.

If you have a bad reaction, you will need medical help. I recommend you first see your doctor or health practitioner, although you want to be sure that they are familiar with hair dye allergy. Many people with hair dye allergies say that older, female dermatologists are some of the best educated doctors on this subject, because they too are dealing with gray hair!

One of the things that happens when we have an allergic reaction is that our immune systems go into overdrive to fight off the offending chemical or substance.

One of the challenges that some people with PPD allergy have encountered is that their doctors or dermatologists will prescribe cortisone drugs or other anti-inflammatory medications to help calm down the reaction, however some people also have a reaction to these drugs. According to some people with PPD allergy, some over the counter cortisone drugs like Neosporin can aggravate their allergy.

For this reason I recommend that you do some research and connect with other people who have a PPD allergy. I am not a doctor, but it has been my experience that we each have unique bodies, which may react to foods or medications in individual ways, so the more we can educate ourselves about what our bodies need, the easier it will be to remain healthy.

There is more information there at our hair dye allergies page, I hope that this can be helpful to you and that you feel better soon!

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Mar 11, 2015
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Allergic to PPD but use clairol beautiful collection
by: Anonymous

I am highly allergic to any sort of hair dye that has ppd in it or even TDS! I have dark brown hair and I used to dye it jet black....until my reactions starting get worse and worse. After doing some research I found Clairol beautiful collection (available at Sally's). I was nervous to try this, but have been using it now for over three years with no reaction. I wanted to try to cover some grey hairs so I tried their advanced grey solution thinking I would be fine. Nope! The advances grey solution has TDS in it and some people who are allergic to PPD are NOT allergic to the TDS, but unfortunately I was. I never used the advanced grey solution after that. The regular beautiful collection I use is called jet black. It's my only option and honestly I can't complain. It doesn't last long at all washes out in a couple weeks sometimes longer. Covers my grey but makes it a brown color. Hey... Better than grey and no allergic reaction! I highly recommend this collection and am taking the time to Post this hoping I can give someone an answer that they may be searching for like I was at one time three years ago! Good luck and if your allergy is to PPD the clairol beautiful collection should be safe for you as it was for me.

Mar 08, 2015
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hair dye allergy on skin in and around moustache
by: Anonymous

i purchased Godrej natural hair dye to apply on my mustache only and no allergic sensation occurred in first two times application. in third time i felt something sticky mass surrounding hairs of my mustache the other day. i could not understand how did they come. i thought they may be because of some oily substance. they all disappeared within a week. now when i applied it fourth time this irritation started within 5 minutes on the skin and i washed it immediately. After a few hours i could see the skin reddening, swelling occurred. it appeared to me like blisters which appears after skin burn. i applied some antiseptic cream, the burning sensation was cooled. but after 10 to 12 hours these small blisters were leaking fluids and the upper mouth was swollen. Any treatment to this will be very useful to me. these manufacturers should also declare the method of treatment to this kind of situation. since it happened in the fourth time and i apply it in an interval of 15 days the product was new and not expired.

Mar 04, 2015
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Re: henna hair coloring
by: Anonymous

After suffering for a year and a half with a rash all over my neck arms legs, the only way it went away was with prednisone (high dosage) I found that the only thing that works is Surya Henna, it has no PPD. It's really the only thing I can use and it comes in various colors. I feel your pain!!

Feb 08, 2015
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How long does ppd last on hair
by: Anonymous

help got foils 2 months ago and have contact dermatitis which has cause eczema all over steroids have help my body but have swollen eyes and eczema is bad all over my face and sholders it has gone bit better at times but has kicked off very bad again . I feel like the is a chemical coming off my hair(ppd?) as I have to wear a head scarf at night or the chemical will then go on my pillow and cause more allergies the following night. I had long hair which I have cut very short now but its still bad I cannot face shaving off as face looks so bad anyway .I feel so uncomfortable has anybody got any ideas about how long this last it definitely is something that is coming off my hair and can worsen when i try and strip with baking soda etc. Just hoping it will end soon . I have been dying my hair for 15 years and have never had this before. can't find any info on how long this will last.

Jan 16, 2015
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50 Shades of Gray
by: Susan

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a chemical substance that is widely used as a permanent hair dye. It may also been found in textile or fur dyes, dark colored cosmetics, temporary tattoos, photographic developer and lithography plates, photocopying and printing inks, black rubber, oils, greases and gasoline. To read more about this refer to the following website: http://www.dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/paraphenylenediamine-allergy.html
The Environmental Working Group explains in detail the damage that is caused by the use of the chemicals used in hair dyes that can cause serious health problems, including cancer. I used it primarily for the research I am doing on PPD, but it also has information on other products and chemicals that are potentially dangerous when consumed. This is the link: http://www.ewg.org/
One thing that is important about a PPD allergic reaction is that it is not the same type of reaction that is seen in food allergies or hay fever, because the reaction is similar to the reaction that is caused by poison ivy so it needs to be treated differently and professionally.
The following link shows examples of how devastating this allergy can become through pictures.http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=hair+dye+allergies&qpvt=hair+dye+allergies&FORM=IGREhttp://www.ewg.org/
My experience has been that when I used a blond hair color I never had a reaction. Tired of all the blond jokes, I went to a brown/dark brown color and was initially very satisfied with the color. I used Clairol Nice and Easy and it is! I had always used Nice and Easy, preferably Medium Ash Blonde and never had a problem. However, I was progressively getting itchy after coloring with the brown colors. The problems, that only lasted a few days, were bearable and the problems went away after a few days. But then after repeated use the problem escalated to a rash that was resolved with cortisone until the cortisone didn’t stop the itching and the rash just got worse on my neck and ears. My scalp felt like it had a thousand maggots crawling on it.
We seem to have so many chemicals at our disposal that we use every day successfully that don’t cause problems until one like PPD comes along and causes so many problems that can potentially become life threatening.
As an example, I found that a PPD reaction can cause a reaction to oranges! You can eat the orange, you just have to find someone to peal it for you. Oranges are full of nutrients and should be a part of your regular diet. However, some people may have an allergic reaction after eating them. Oranges have a chemical called salicylate which is the cause of the allergy. If you have these symptoms after eating an orange, you may be allergic to them. http://www.ehow.com/facts_5134644_orange-allergy-symptoms.html Salicylate is found in many skin products and after using them you may notice that your skin becomes dry , rough, and scaly. My solution to this has been to wash my face with a mild face soap and apply Aquaphor, which is a Vaseline type product that is found in the drug store, usually in the infant section. I put it all over my face lightly, including my eyelids that seem to be the most affected by PPD.
http://www.bing.com/search?q=aquaphor+healing+ointment&form=AARMHP&mkt=en-us&refig=0bf421fa4e59491e8697dfbfb4041759&ghc=1&qs=PA&sk=PA1&pq=aquapho&sc=8-7&sp=2&cvid=0bf421fa4e59491e8697dfbfb4041759
I even diagnosed myself with blepharitis and I am sure if you have a PPD allergy you can relate to my predicament. I had no idea why my eyelids were getting swollen and my eyes were watering, so off I went to the eye doctor and went on a course of cortisone drops, Pataday eye drops, and eye gels that seemed to help temporarily. Then off I went to the dermatologist and got a prescription cortisone cream for use on eyes and that helped temporarily. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/blepharitis/basics/definition/CON-20024605
I did, however, stumble on an interesting revelation about adding artificial sweetener to hair color can neutralize the effect . I am reluctant to try this, but it was informational and I had wished I paid more attention in chemistry class. http://www.newbeauty.com/blog/dailybeauty/5998-a-surprising-way-to-stop-scalp-irritation-caused-by-hair-dye/
I am so desperate that I am considering Henna. I found this very information website and if you look at the top of this web page, it has some very interesting how to videos about applying henna to your hair. However, I have read that allergic reactions to Henna are also potentially the same as those with a PPD reaction in some people. https://www.morroccomethod.com/raw-store/natural-hair-color. The website http://www.ewg.org/ lists the only reaction to Henna as allergic.
I am even cautious now about using foundation and mascara for rear it could cause a PPD reaction.
I am still in a dilemma about what to do and have researched temporary root coloring products until I can figure out what to do or not to do about my dilemma with my greying roots. I am a grandmother, but I don’t want to look like one!
I find that Dr. Google gives me a lot of information that needs to be evaluated and sorted, but this is the information that I found and I hope it sheds some light on this problem and that soon legislation will be available to provide consumers with protection from these dangerous and deadly chemicals. After all the readying and research I have done, I know that I am not alone with this hair coloring dilemma.

Jan 11, 2015
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Dye Allergy
by: Anonymous

I recently did an at home root touch up with WellaCharm. I usually get my hair done professionally every 6-7 weeks. Left the dye on for 40 minutes but realized that I did a 50/50 mix of dye and developer rather than the recommended 2 parts developer and 1 part dye. While I did not have any breakouts or burning, my sensitive scalp (two months later) is still sensitive/hurts/itches occasionally where I touched up the roots at the top of my head. I've decided to just go gray after 25+ years. I am anticipating a few months before that feeling goes away based on the woman who had 5 months of scalp aggravation. Sorry you were miserable for 5 months, but at least I am not now worried that I am still a bit uncomfortable after only two months. Thank you.

Jan 07, 2015
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How long do allergies last? - YEARS
by: Anonymous

Hi, this post is not designed to worry, but to inform. My mum had a severe allergic reaction to a hair colour, swelling burns pus the whole nine yards, about 20 years ago.
She has never coloured her hair since but having daughters who want to try out a new colour, we discovered that the slightest smear or touch to the skin causes terrible burns.
Please please protect your skin to prevent contact just in case you still react to it.

Dec 21, 2014
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allergy
by: Anonymous

i had an allergy years ago after dying my hair black. i came out with a massive oozing rash on my neck which then turned into itch blisters all around my neck and my ears. my head was red and full of rashes. i went to the doctors who gave me 2 different creams to get rid of it. after a couple of weeks it was completely gone. to everybody who is suffering for months or years..dont! just go to the doctor and get some cream. why suffer when you dont have too?

Nov 28, 2014
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bleach allergy
by: Anonymous

I bleached my hair and I broke out all on my neck, some of my chest, my face, some on my stomach and my ears. I used hydrocortisone cream with vaseline on top of that and taking benadryl. It lasted for about 4 days

Sep 08, 2014
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Hair coloring mess up
by: Michelle Allred

I used to color my hair all the time with no problems until about 3 years ago when I was coloring my hair black. I noticed that my head started to itch and my ears started to burn my head swelled up and face I didn't know what was going on my mom took me to the hospital the Dr there said I was having a sever allergic reaction to the hair dye so and me medicine and told me not to color my hair again and since then I don't color my hair anymore.

Sep 08, 2014
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Hair coloring mess up
by: Michelle Allred

I used to color my hair all the time with no problems until about 3 years ago when I was coloring my hair black. I noticed that my head started to itch and my ears started to burn my head swelled up and face I didn't know what was going on my mom took me to the hospital the Dr there said I was having a sever allergic reaction to the hair dye so and me medicine and told me not to color my hair again and since then I don't color my hair anymore.

Aug 28, 2014
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Aloe vera works
by: Anonymous

To clear up your face use Aloe Vera gel. Health food stores carry it, walmart etc. I only use Harvest Moon beard dye. I also use it on my hair and sideburns. No reaction.
Not using anything it can take weeks to recover.

Aug 01, 2014
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used henna. and face feels like its on fire
by: Anonymous

My local beauty supply store associate told me it was free of chemicas I explained to her I can't use hair dyes to to allergy she showed me a new henna color kit an it has my eyes and hair line on fire I used a apple vinegar an water rinse to try to balanc my pH levels never again will I try to cover my grey hair I would rather embrace it than to scratch my hair out

Jul 27, 2014
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Aloe vera
by: Anonymous

Try aloe vera gel. It works really well.

Jul 23, 2014
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Years
by: Carly

I'm naturally blonde, I used to dye my hair dark brown. I did for about a year. I started to notice that my neck would burn when I died my hair. Then I developed a rash on my neck. I decided to stop dying my hair and went back blonde. But the rash never went away. It hasn't spread, but it switches from being scaly and flaky to oozy and very itchy. The crazy thing is it's been like 5 years since I dyed my hair. I have not done anything to my hair other than cut it, and the rash will still not go away. I've tried putting different things on it and nothing helps. I haven't been to the doctor about it as I have no health insurance and it isn't a huge deal, just irritating and I don't like to wear my hair up because the rash is visible. I'm just wondering if it will ever go away.

Jun 30, 2014
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still problems 3yrs.later. my scapl fried and blistered
by: Anonymous

I felt the stinging burn an washed my hair as soon as felt it; left me with blisters and itching so intense I went to an allergist. Nothing has helped my head is scared and still itching at times; some of the hair will not be growing back it left spots of damaged tissue. thought you shold know of his reaction. thank you for listeining hope this helps someone else. I use dark blonde revon color stay from wal mart.

Jun 17, 2014
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terrible
by: Anonymous

i went through hell have 2 inch scar on my face from it

May 14, 2014
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allergy
by: Anonymous

Dear Kim L,
Please be careful with the European hair dyes. Some of these may contain PPD derivatives or "sister" chemicals. Be sure to patch test for at least 36 hours (leaving the patch on your skin with a band aid over it for this duration).
March 13th is right: dish detergent is a clarifying wash and will help to "strip" the dye out of your hair; but, remember to keep the washing and rinsing away from your face, eyes, back, etc. This chemical is terrible for those of us who suffer.
Good luck!

May 11, 2014
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Learning everyday
by: Kim L

2 months post hair dye allergy and I am still frustrated by the continuous itching and flaking and scabbing. I am wondering now reading all these posts, am I allergic to what is still on and in my hair! I am thinking about the residue left on my pillow and how it may be contributing to the continuous face and neck itching. Instead of dabbing hydrogen p I am going to wash my hair in it. I just ordered non ppd dye from Europe. I may just strip my hair in advance with bleach because I am not healing.

Mar 30, 2014
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HOW LONG IT LASTS- INFORMATIVE
by: HowLongItLasts

Like all of you I am allergic to PPD and have experienced a severe hair dye allergy which landed me in the emergency room. There is little discussion online about HOW LONG this allergy lasts, so I am using this page to tell you my own personal experience of how long it lasted to help you. What people who aren't allergic to PPD don't understand is that this is not like some seasonal allergy where you are just experience a runny nose and headache, it is a constant, painful, frustrating thing. I dyed my hair in August. I experienced severe burning on my head and crotch, itchy palms and feet, hives all over my body, swollen eyes and a closing throat. I had to be taken to the ER to receive steroids and was put on a dose of steroids and antihistamines for months. The first month of the allergy was awful and I felt itchy all over my body every single second of every single day for a month despite taking benadryl every four hours. I then started using DAWN dish soap multiple times a day on my hair which rinsed out A LOT of the dye. In about a month I felt slightly more normal but still felt itchy occasionally and fatigued. The allergy took one year to subside. It got a little better every day though and was MUCH better within a month or two and I wasn't constantly itchy and miserable every second of the day within 6-8 weeks and started feeling a bit like my old self again. Please, please patch test in the future and DO NOT TRUST hairstylists to just do this for you, many do not understand the severity of this allergy. I am never dying my hair again after experiencing this. PPD, this unsafe chemical, needs to be removed from hair dyes! I hope this helped you.

Mar 05, 2014
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not all henna is the same
by: Anonymous

For the person that reacted to henna:
I am sorry for your reaction, that is not easy to go through. Your henna may not be pure henna, even though it says so. Please use a company called Mehandi . com They have pure henna that is tested to have no metals, dyes, or pesticide overspray. I do not work for Mehandi, I am just a customer. You will find lots of helpful information at another site for PPD suffers that use henna (and amla, and indigo) to color their hair. They have a post on how to do a 3 patch skin test before doing anything to your hair that originated on Gina's site. I have listed the helpful sites below.

Please remove the spaces on these!!!
network54 . com/Forum/603111/
ginamarietaro . blogspot.com/ (3 patch test)

Feb 25, 2014
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Is cutting off hair a solution?
by: Peanut

I am "only" at the start of week two with this horrible allergic reaction and am ready to try anything! Does anyone know if cutting off my hair would help? I would be more than willing to do this if I knew it would give me some relief! I am on prednisone which has helped a bit with my face swelling but the rash seems to be spreading each day and now my hands are the worst.I take otc benedryl to help with the itch and like another poster stated, sleep is my only peace. I do know one thing for certain...I will never again color my hair!

Dec 26, 2013
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warning to the wold
by: former henna star

I dyed my hair 3 weeks ago with a so called all natural henna powder and water mix, but this time I almost kicked over. My horrific symptoms subsided but 4 days ago my ear line started leaking again, throbbing neck bumps appeared, I'm swelled up and scabbed all over again so I can not sleep more than 2 hours. After 3 weeks my regrets are stronger then ever! I wish I never did this: it was one of the worst decisions I've made. This kind of betrayal after almost 3 years of body art and hair colourings may leave my skin scared. Please do not give yourself chicken pox type hair dye, scab body, welt face, dry paining sinus, swollen itchy burning eyes, swollen hives everywhere, unless these are your inhuman pleasures. I finished the 3 different medications my doctor gave me over a week ago, and was advised not to dye it again, so basically suffer it out till my immune system triumphs. Self prescribed full body calamine lotion is dear to me. Since I'm still young, the pharmacist says all my hair won't drop out. Truth be told, my paralyzing c-section recovery was not this disturbing because I wasn't chastised in public proceeding that emergency surgery; at least there were recovery stages at that time. I'm not getting any better here, living in some realm of this hell test. Lesson learnt, that I'm not immune after all. Will not have to experience this again, but when is it really going to be over...don't know.

Nov 11, 2013
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Eleven Long Months
by: Anonymous

I had a fake tattoo done at the local annual show, (just for jokes as I have 2 real ) well after the "henna" wore off I still had the impression of the armband in a nice little red blister rash. Dr told me all about how henna is orange/brown & how they mix it with black hair dye, that I was now 'sensitive' to PPD & maybe anything black. I was a 35 yr old salon highlighted blonde, I laughed & dismissed the information..........Silly bloody woman I am. Turning 40 was a little anti climax, going blue black was excitingly extreme & I loved my new look, so after the 12 weeks I repeated. Third times the charm right ?? Wrong. within hours of washing dye out, the back edges of my ears were dripping messes as was majority of scalp. Dr Google helped me remember my sensitivity now worsened, lasted bout 8-12 weeks but being vain thought I could be careful, not leave on etc etc we were off to a friends b'day party. Didnt make it.the reaction nearly had me go to E.R.

Nov 06, 2013
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Allergy and its severity
by: Anonymous

The allergy to hair dye can be severe. The chemical PPD is so harsh for some of us, that it takes many months to rid this toxin from our bodies. Removing other toxins might speed this process of de-toxification up, but it is the chemical PPD that is likely causing all your problems. I have read no studies about the cause and effect of food or drink consumption on this external and systemic chemical poisoning.
The upshot is, you can not afford to experiment with this allergy, trying it with or without certain foods and drinks. Get rid of the dye and the likely culprit of PPD, and you should be fine. Your itchy scalp has been telling you for awhile that you have been accumulating toxicity from the dye. Stop now!

Oct 22, 2013
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Hair dye & Alcohol?
by: Christi

I was wondering if anyone has had a reaction from Hair Dye, but it got worse after Alcohol? First moderate, then severe?

I have had three episodes, once where I had to go to the hospital. We thought it was the combination of Vodka with Shrimp. Weird..I know! But it was the only 2 things in common the first 2 times I had the reaction.

Well...I just had another reaction this past weekend. Had the Vodka (Bloody Mary) but no shrimp! I have been trying to figure out what it is and I realized that I had my hair colored that morning.

Now...I am already struggling with the allergic itchy burning scalp every month. I get my grays colored every three weeks. I tough it out every time and it usually lasts about 3 days. TORTURE! I had been researching this allergy and Henna products and will be making the switch now that I realize how terrible the hair dye is for us! UGH! My hair is the darkest brown, almost black and I hear that it is worse in darker colors?

Anyway...Now, I am wondering if all three times I had a reaction it was the hair dye and alcohol combination that made it severe.

Has anyone experienced anything similar?

Sep 23, 2013
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Severe allergy to PPD
by: Anonymous

I had a severe allergy after dying my root mid of August. Never had before! Started from itchy scalp then next day, along the hairline became red and itch. Following day got worse, my face and my eyelid swollen. It got worst after that. The hives appeared on my upper back and arms. It's horrible. I went to see a doctor and he told me all of the reactions came from the hair dye and best way is to take the Benadryl and the cream to stop itching. I found out though that the clarifying shampoo is good to remove it from the hair. (I should have used it at the beginning when I had the allergy.) The doctor did tell me though that do not use henna and that the allergy will get more severe if continue using the hair dye contains PPD.

Aug 16, 2013
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PPD allergy
by: Amanda

I have dyed my hair pleanty of times with no problems. And One time I dyed my hair, and had a little reaction, nothing major. Just minor scalp irritation, nothing else. Last week, I dyed my hair with Clarol Natural Instincts, I left it on for 7 minutes, rinsed off, and thought nothing of it. I dident do Patch test, because I dident think I needed it. 2 days later, Im in the ER because my head is UNCONTROLLABLE ITCHING and THROBBING, and TENDER, my neck was so itchy. I rinsed my hair 5 times that day before going to the ER, because my throat was swelling. They gave me high dose of benadryl and prednisone. I took prednisone for 5 days along with benadryl every 3 hours. after 5 days I ran out of prednisone, continued with benadryl every 6 hours. itchy itchy itchy non stop. my underarms, and private areas are itchy as well and rashy.. went back to doctor, gave me 4 days worth of prednisone. tomarrow is my last day on the second round of prednisone, I still am itchy all over cant sleep, still taking benadryl every 6 hours. I have a Allergist doctor appoitment tomarrow. I will see what happens next. NEVER DYING MY HAIR AGAIN!!!!

Aug 02, 2013
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For all of us PPD sufferers!
by: Anonymous

I am Anonymous July 30, 2012 and Dec 6, 2012. I want to tell the world about this horrible PPD chemical poison, but mostly wish to tell all of my fellow sufferers that IT DOES GET BETTER! PPD may be found in Hair Dyes, Dark Hennas, tattoos, and may cross-over with Paraben allergies once sensitive. I was able to right my body again after horrible suffering by using (and I still continue to use) all natural products. Think here about LESS being MORE! I stay miles away from PPD because my allergist says the next time could be my last time. It has been one solid year since my last color and my ordeal began. I am now healthy,and I now have luscious grey, white, golden brown streaky hair that my husband, friends and I celebrate. Mostly though we celebrate my good health and new found freedom. Natural is beautiful. Don't let the world tell you otherwise. I've even inspired some of my friends to go grey. I feel better and look better than I have in a long time. I used to look like all of the other colored hair out there; now mine is unique. No two people go grey the same way. Now after a year, I think I am most surprised, not only by how good I feel, but how good I would look. I imagined that I would have a solid white or grey color when all was grown out, but grey is a mixture of colors. So once you get past the "white stripe" stage, you can layer your hair to blend. The blending is fun and looks like highlights. Hang in there and stay healthy! Natural is the only way to go! Good luck!!

Jul 29, 2013
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PPD should be against the law!
by: Anonymous

PPD allergy lasted 3 weeks before calming down. I thought at first it was some bugs or mites from the salon but had to go to the ER it was so bad and i was told it was probably the PPD. Highlights low lights, just normally do the highlights. Will never do that again. Itch from hell. Burning like crazy, no sleep for 3 weeks and then it calmed down. Why is it still legal????

Jul 27, 2013
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Question
by: Anonymous

I've had the same type of effects from hair dye. Its been almost 2 months since i used the hair dye. I've been washing hair but never owed the 2 percent hydrogen peroxide. Is the ppd out of my hair after washing for 2 months or should i still use hydrogen peroxide solution?

Symptoms are less severe than initially but definitly still there getting hives on thighs and waist.

Thanks for any help.

Jul 23, 2013
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2 years
by: Anonymous

My reaction was like others...it started with itching the first time. The second time a rash, itching, hair loss, sticky goo, and ear problems. I have used some temp sprays to cover the gray for the last two years but it drys my hair out. I have not found anything to used to be blonde that stays on for a week or two. I keep reading that only a few people have reactions in the news.. I don't know why we can not get this information out to the public that this happens to everyone after a period of time. Keep trying to get the word out and keep asking for alternatives.

Jul 17, 2013
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Only thing working is DAWN dish soap...
by: AllergyHell

...the original blue one, yes...the one they use to wash the petroleum off of baby birds when there are spills in the ocean.

Had my hair dyed Friday, it is now Wednesday, my forehead and eyes are still swollen though not as bad as when I went to the ER!

What has greatly helped me is washing my hair out, several times (about three each day) with Dawn original dish washing soap...I even use it on my face!

It sounds odd, but I was desperate and I'm glad I did it...no more itching or football shaped face/head! Not even the stupid anti-histamines helped me as much as the damn dish soap!

Also...SWEATING, it really has helped me too, just sweating out all the POISON that seeped into my head. I can actually feel the sweat sting when it comes out through my pores on my WHOLE body, not just my head.

NEVER EVER coloring my hair...EVER...again.

Hellish experience, and I paid $100 for it!

Jun 17, 2013
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Random long-term hives
by: Anonymous

Been highlighting hair for years, the last several times at Aveda salon. Last time in mid-March, next day scalp and ears burning. Several days later broke out in hives on various spots on torso and hands. Now, 3 months later, every other day or so I still break out in hives somewhere and/or scalp or ear canals itch like crazy.Went to dermatologist and was given temp dosage of cortisteroid cream and recommended Allegra during day and Benadryl at night. Miserable! Wonder how long this will last? How is the PPD eliminated from your system? Will actually cutting your hair help?

May 07, 2013
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Hairdye for little over one hour
by: Anonymous

Hi, last week, i put hair dye for 1 hour(idle time 10min), this caused to spread into my skin.
I had developed allergy after 10 days, initially ER asked me to try benedryl out-of-counter once a day, later 3 days after, i visited my physician. he put me on rx prednisone, this prescription reduced my hives completely, but appeared again.
My hives were painful, but spreading from forehead to neck to hairline behind my neck and small hives behind ears. Not sure why FDA should ban these hair dyes.
my physician puts me urgent refer with dermatologist, I don't know what i hope from him, but surely these chemicals messed up our life.
One thing i noticed although i was using hairdye for years was, i find little itchy in my head, i didn't pay attention as i thought it causing by dandruff or something minor.

Apr 14, 2013
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My hives are gone
by: Vilma

I posted in September re: my severe allergy to ppd which had started feb. 2012. Exactly one year to the month they are gone but here is what happened. My lips swelled up like if I had triple dose of Botox I wound up in emergency room I was starting to have difficulty swallowing....I am not a proponent of prednisone after having taken it for approx 3 weeks and just gotten temporary relief and I know how bad the side effects are but they would not release me until they saw results they gave me a mega dose of prednisone and mega dose of Benadryl intravenously it stopped the allergic reaction..thank God. I was on hydroxizine for months before I went to ER and Allegra... I stopped the hydroxizine a week after ER and I still take Allegra every morning. One year of hives I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy... It affected every aspect of my life work, personal life,intimacy... One whole year..how horrible. I just wish you all have my results...I feel like a normal person again... I guess everything my allergist was prescribing just wasn't strong enough. I really believe that one mega dose of prednisone did it, it stopped the allergic reaction ASAP. Keep faith because one day it will be gone for you too.

Apr 10, 2013
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Will this ever end!
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have been allergic to hair dye for ten years or more.I stayed away from permanent and semi permanent dyes. I sometimes use a cap do highlights. A year ago I had this done and a few days later I started itching not on my scalp but on my sides then my back.I have since itched on every part of my body including the bottom of my feet. I have blisters and boils on my hands and the sides of my feet that ooze and leave bumps. I have seen an allergist, done patch test and was found to have PPD allergy. My dermatologist prescribed Zyrtec for day and doxepin for night. Sometimes they work and sometimes not. Like the person who said it is the last thing you think about before you go to sleep,and the first thing you think about when you wake. I can only pray that this terrible itching will stop soon. I sympathize with all that suffer with PPD allergy.

Mar 25, 2013
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Revising Previous Post
by: Anonymous

I mention oil pulling in the previous post but now find that it is not a good idea because concentrates the chemicals one is trying to remove into the face area - if you do decide to try it, I would also recommend following it up with a face mask made of French Clay, aloe gel and enough water to make a paster. Put it on your face - if it is sensitive just leave on for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water - do this once a day and certainly after an oil pull to help remove the toxins and chemicals. It has helped me and I must be getting better because my face is flaking all over the place so new skin is coming. Phew.

Mar 22, 2013
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What I learned having a hair dye allergy
by: Anonymous

I am four weeks since dye in - first week fine, second week reaction on my face, thought it was sun related, this week realize it was the dye.

1. Don't use dual bottle hair dyes or patch test first and every time - allergies can appear at any time
2. Keep three bottles of 2 or 3% hydrogen peroxide in the house
3. Do not use Paba sun screens if you dye your hair with dual bottle hair dye
4. At first sign of a reaction - check your shampoo - only use one without ppd and then
5. wash you hair immediately, two or three times and then rinse with a full bottle of hydrogen peroxide.
6. dab your face and neck with a hydrogen peroxide and a little water as it gets red - the hydrogen peroxide is what really stopped the itch
7. Take Benadryl
8. Do not use any chemical or commercial face products likes creams, eczema stuff - it doesn't help and the possible negative chemical interaction could make it much worse
9 make up a mask of greek yogurt - plain, honey, aloe (could put in vitamin E) for face - the yogurt will cool and promote collagen, honey an antiseptic, aloe soothing and nourishing - or avocado - just mash it up and put it on - eat cucumber and celery anything that will detoxify your body
10 On an empty stomach try oil pulling - http://oilpulling.com/ - put one tablespoon of organic sunflower oil in your mouth hold it there pulling it through your teeth and swishing it around for 20 mins. Spit it out and rinse with salt water then brush teeth -
11 epsom salt baths and put fave cloth lightly over your face to draw out yuck
12 watch out for drinks or food that normally flush your face - hot drinks, caffeine, alcohol - they will make your face react more
13. Start reading labels!
14 Green Beaver - chemical free sunscreen spf 30 puts some moisture back in your face and offers sun protection that stings but doesn't increase the redness and it takes away some of the sandpaper feel.

Mar 19, 2013
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i had bad reaction to PPD
by: Anonymous

i have always dyed my hair various colors over the years. i had dyed it black numerous times. so the last time i dyed it black, i was shocked to find that i had an allergic reaction. i had hives all over my head, it burned like fire and itched like CRAZY! i could get no relief. i developed sores on my ears that would ooze all the time. i couldnt sleep at night because i couldnt lay on my ears. i was miserable. i also got oozing sores on my nose for some reason. the sores on my ears would ooze during the night onto strands of my hair and it would crust over. then in the morning my hair would be stuck to my ear sores and it hurt so bad to peel the hair away. after a few weeks i shaved my head. it helped alot. i had no hair to stick to my ears anymore. my hives went away on my head. it took about 6 weeks for my nose and ears to heal completely. i have never used dye again!! it was horrible!!! today my mom has had an allergic reaction to dye as well. she has been dying her hair for over 35 yrs with no problem. now she is miserable too. PPD should be illegal. DONT DYE YOUR HAIR!!!

Mar 01, 2013
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You need two great doctors to help you
by: Anonymous

Chances are you are allergic to the PPD in the dye. Absolutely do not dye your hair and stay away from this chemical. Get yourself to an excellent allergist and have a chemical patch test done. Determine if it is the PPD. My all-over body rash lasted for 6 plus weeks. I was miserable. Get yourself a clarifying shampoo and wash your hair, being careful not to let the dye run down your body. Your hair is leaching this chemical and that's why the clarifying shampoo will help. I am not a doctor, just a victim of this terrible chemical. You have had an allergic reaction, but for people like us, it's more like chemical poisoning.

My relief came when the leaching stopped, but I had the rash, swollen glands, oozing, and more for several more months. For me, it took a good 5 months until I felt like my body returned to normal. I used natural detoxification to help. My hair is growing back in now, but my skin still shows some scarring from back in the summer when the PPD triggered my rash. Everyone reacts to this chemical allergy/toxicity differently. Get yourself two great doctors: a dermatologist to help recommend relief and an allergist to do the same. Good luck!! It gets better, I promise, as long as you stay miles from the chemicals causing your reaction, Para-Phenyeline diamine is your likely culprit.

Feb 25, 2013
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extreme hair dye reaction
by: cindy

will the red itchy welts covering ,my entire body ever go away?i recently dyed my hair using same dye for years. the following day , my entire scalp started burning and dripping fluids so bad , i had to keep a towel on , within hours my eyes, ears ,neck were the same, now my entire body is covered with , red itchy welts, feet included, going on second treatment of prednisone ,tried oatmeal baths, selsum blue, nothings working, sleep is my only releif , please help

Feb 15, 2013
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ALLERGIC TO PPD
by: Anonymous

I have dyed my hair for many years and last summer when I dyed it, I started to itch real bad a few days later. I didn't know it was the hair dye at the time. The following month, I dyed it again. My ears looked like they were decaying and my entire back was terribly broke out. It itched so horribly. The more I scratched, the worse it itched. Nothing would help stop the itching. My skin was peeling off of my ears and back and blood was on my pillow every morning when I woke up. My hair would stick to my ears all matted up and to pull my hair away from my ears was so painful. I used oatmeal bath, zertec, benedryl, and everything I could think of to stop the itching but nothing helped until I went to the doctor and he gave me predisone. I still have it 6 months later, but it's healed alot, but I have light itching and marks that I think are never going to go away. I'm now still in the process of trying to get the black out of my hair naturally. I don't want to bleach it out, cause the bleach could cause me more problems and I don't want it to get worse than the last time. It was horrible. If you know you're allergic to PPD, please don't dye your hair. I am planning on using suyra brasil henna cream on my hair to dye it, once I get the black dye out. I'm still afraid to even try that also. I have black permanent hair dye now, and nothing it even fading it. I may have to wait it out. I'm still worried about dying my hair with any dye at all, because I would not wish that pain and itching on anyone. I have bought wigs, just in case I decided not to dye my hair anymore cause I really am not ready to go grey yet. Then again, grey would be better than going through that again. I really don't think the strand test will do much good, it you have to wait 2-3 days to see if you're allergic because sometime[like in my case]it took 9-10 days to show up. It had been so long after dying my hair, that I swore up and down that it wasn"t the hair dye even though my husband and family said it was. The doctor confirmed that it was and told me to stay away from hair dyes. If I do a strand test, I think I will wait at least 10 days to see if I'm allergic. I'm very weary of even dying my hair at all anymore. So many people have suffered worst cases than mine. One lady is still in a coma, and several people have died. I don't think I want to risk my life, to look good. I don't think it's worth it and believe me I can't stand to not dye my hair, but I really hate going through that again even worse. Please use caution when thinking about dying your hair again. I look at these pics of women and the stories of what they have gone through because of PPD. It's really shocking.

Feb 03, 2013
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hair dye allergy
by: yvonne

For a number of years if I dye my hair at home or at the salon i experience very nasty itching of the scalp for about three days. the last time i was at the salon all was fine til that night my scalp not only was itchy but also covered in small lumps under the skin. there were large swollen lumps on the back of my neck which were very sore to touch. and when I lay down on a pillow my head would burn. I would try lye on a wet towel for some relief. This continued for over three weeks and even when i tied my hair up ,if the ends touched my skin anywhere it would drive me crazy . I since dyed it with an aldi store hair dye and hoped for the best. this time it was the three day reaction I got. Still Im a bit reluctant to dye it again. O and yes each time I did the 48 hour test. Any advice ?

Feb 02, 2013
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It's been 3 weeks!
by: Tina

I used a temporary hair rinse with color over 3 weeks ago. The next day, anywhere the color touched my forehead/face, i had red bumps. It has since showed up around my face and itches. Now, it has shown up on my hands and spreading up my forearms--on the tops only. How long is this going to last? How much worse is it going to get? I assume it got to the top of my forearms through sleep. The color was supposed to wash out within 5 to 7 shampoos, But it disappeared within 2 to 3 washes.

Jan 23, 2013
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Delayed Reaction
by: Anonymous

Applied the patch test waited, no reaction, this was Tuesday. Proceeded with application on Wednesday after the 24 hrs. Friday the spot test area began to itch and become inflamed. I thought uh-oh I'm in for wild ride if this is what I think it is. Saturday morning woke up to my forehead looking like an alien. Quickly put on a hat and dashed to the drugstore. Grabbed a bottle of Advil PM, zzzquil( its liquid dyphenhydramine), hydrocortisone, loratidine, Epsom salt, a few bottles of peroxide. Peroxide burned no other pouring it in my head. Sunday woke up forehead swelling subsided but my eyes were almost swollen shut. It is now Wednesday and it seems to have run its course. So it took about a week to clear the woods. I feel like I paid $6 to have my health & life put at risk, spent like an addtl $60 to remedy the reaction, & missed a week of work all for low low price of $6. At the first sign of a flare up immediately take dyphenhydramine, pour %2 or %3 peroxide on your scalp and hop in a hot epsom salt bath, it will draw it out of your pores. I strongly believe I'd have saved a few days of agony had I done that right away.

Jan 15, 2013
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Reponse to how long reactions take.
by: Anonymous

You very well may have an allergy to PPD or some other harsh chemical in the hair dye. Everyone's reaction times are different, depending upon usage and duration of exposure. Don't color for now! Use a clarifying shampoo to remove remaining chemicals. Just be careful not to wash the residual chemicals down your back in the shower. I ended up with additional attack sites from the PPD (Para-Phenylene Diamine) washing down my back. Read every and all labels to avoid the PPD. Chances are pretty good that this is the aggravating agent. I am not a doctor, but am repeating the words my doctor gave to me, "9 times out of 10, it's the PPD."

I tried all kinds of topical creams, including steroid creams, but I eventually had to go on systemic steroids since my allergy was severe (oozing, swollen lymph nodes, all-over body rash). You may have gotten off "easy". STOP coloring. Move to natural products. Some people are even allergic to Henna products. Patch test everything you use before applying it to your hair. AND, definitely stay away from Black Henna - it has PPD in it.

Good luck!!

Jan 11, 2013
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Ears burnt
by: Anonymous

I recently dyed my hair 10 days ago but a few days ago my ears began to peel and ooze. They are very swollen. I was wondering what I can do to clear it up? So far I have been using E45 itch cream though it dosent seem to be helping.

I dont currently have a doctors so seeking medical advice is out of the question.

Dec 06, 2012
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Patch Test Is A Lifesaver!
by: Anonymous

Please know, that patch testing is not only critical prior to product usage, but it is the most important step you can take to prove that PPD (or some other agent) is causing severe allergic reactions.

I have been battling my hair dye allergy for several months (see my story under Anonymous July 30, 2012). I stopped my last color treatment in June of 2012, and it has taken 6 terrible months of non-stop doctoring to determine that I do not have lupus or some other systemic illness, but, rather, an acute case of Para-Phenylene Diamine (PPD) allergy, or toxicity as I like to think of it.

Please, please be aware that an allergy can occur at anytime, and particularly with a chemical that builds up in the body over time. If I look back over these past 6 months, I see pictures that tell a horrible story of my ordeal and see stacks of doctors' bills that together represent thousands of dollars worth of testing and treatment.

I am now on the mend, my hot spots are gone, my swollen lymph nodes are normal, my scars from an all over body rash are disappearing, my hair has stopped falling out, and my bursas are no longer filled with fluid. The patch testing (70+ patches on my back and observed over a 5 day period)showed the match-head size PPD patch as a reactionary site about the size of a lunch plate. Not only did my body react to the patch test site, but my lymph nodes and bursas started swelling as a result. My allergist explained that my T-cells just go "crazy" when my body comes in contact with PPD. It was what my Rheumatologist needed to confirm that what she initially thought was Systemic Lupus, was, infact, an "extreme" allergic response. She even confessed that prior to the patch testing, she was about to put me on treatment for Lupus! (I was referred to the Rheumatologist by my Determatologist because of the severity of my reaction).

I know that part of the "calming down" of my symptom are due to time, allowing the chemical to leave my body, but I have taken no chances on other petroleum-based products. I now stay away from anything that has parabens, which includes pretty much everything in my bathroom cupboards. I have a wonderful natural foods store whose buyer reads every label, and everything they carry is paraben-free. So, I've found natural make-ups, hair products, face washes, and more. And, yes, I've stopped coloring my hair. I'm letting the grey shine through and feel free! I'm healthy and glowing, and, most importantly, trust my body. I listen to it now. I only wish I had listened to it sooner.

What I'm finding is that going grey is actually liberating. I told my husband, "I'm going grey and I'm going brave!" It's not the hair we wear, but the attitude we wear that counts! And, Grey is really not as bad as the marketers and hair color industry has us believing. Grey can look lovely as long as we free ourselves to thinking it is so. Vanity should never trump health!

Nov 29, 2012
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Out of Curiosity
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I recently had a severe allergic reaction to hair dye that caused my scalp to discolor and scab as well as the skin on my face to swell to a point that my eyes were unable to open.

I used L'Oreal dye, and since this happening, have read many reviews of others having a reaction to this brand. I'm curious what brands were used for everyone on here that had a reaction...

Nov 13, 2012
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Hair dye horror
by: Carol (UK)

A month ago I developed a severe allergic reaction to PPD. I have been using the same hair dye for over 30 yrs with no problem and then wham! Ended up in hospital, left eye swollen shut. Rashes and hives everywhere. Put on steroids for 4 days. 4 weeks later I am still getting bumps & rashes. They appear randomly all over my body but mainly on the face, hair line & behind the ears. I now have no idea what I am going to do regarding colouring my hair in the future as all permanent colours contain PPD and I've been told to steer clear of any product that comes in 2 bottles. Maybe foils are the answer.

Nov 03, 2012
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I have itchy bumps on my arms, shoulder,belly,back, and on my feet tell me what to do!
by: Saa

Ok so i bought purple hair dye, i did the test and was fine. But the next day some kid sprayed air fabric on me, and i think i might be allergic to that. And then the next day,i went to the movies, and my dad sayed that it may also be from the seat i was sitting at or the air fabric. But it happened 2 days after i dyed my hair. I saw no bumps, and no itching until i sat down at the movies. And my sisters dye their hair all the time, and i never get these bumps wen i am with them, i still want to dye my hair, but i don't know what to do, please help me!

Oct 25, 2012
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Hair dye allergy
by: Anonymous

My reaction to hair dye was 10 yrs ago after using loreal preference creme. I developed an itchy scalp & oozing sores. I tried a couple more times to dye my hair with so called natural dyes with the same reaction. I searched the Internet to see if others had experienced this & found many had the same type of reaction.

I can only tell you to stop using any hair dye. They will all do the same thing.

The only thing that you can do is use henna. I have been using henna for 3 yrs. now. My hair looks natural, soft,shiny, & I get more compliments than I ever did with chemical hair dye.

Research henna & only buy from sites like mehandi . You can have beautiful hair again without the pain.

Henna will make your hair strong & will never give you the reaction you get from chemical products.

I am a firm believer that chemical hair dyes are truly unsafe.

Oct 23, 2012
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Hair dye allergy
by: Marlene

i have experienced weeping eczema twice, caused by hair dye. the next time is always worse than the 1st time and both times i had to seek medical help. I am even too scared to wash my hair... any advice besides NOT DYING my hair again??

Sep 23, 2012
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Ask your Doctor for a Kenalog Shot
by: Anonymous

I too have suffered my bouts from PPD and hair dye reactions. The normal course of medical treatment seems to be long term Prednisone and Benadryl/Zyrtec. I recently got a dye that looked like my usual semi, but wasn't, and once again had a bad reaction; with horrible increasing swelling of face, neck and eyes swollen shut, rash, hives and itching. My doctor gave me a shot of Kenalog and some steroid foam. No prednisone needed, and relief starting about 30 minutes after the shot. I didn't even need the steroid foam. AMAZING, and to think of the times I suffered for over 6 mos afterwards with no relief from the prednisone/benadryl combo.

Sep 15, 2012
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Revlon Hair Color Allergy
by: Renuka

I have been using the same brand since 4 yrs now without any problems. I changed the # of the color from 10 to 20 by mistake & I used this 3 weeks ago 2 times & third time on 9th Sept (Sunday). On Tuesday night suddenly at 12 midnight I experienced slight itching on my scalp & bumps appeared which spread on my whole scalp. After 3 1/2 it automatilly reduced, but next day morning I saw 2 bumps on my body & later during the day it increased. I went to Pharmacy & got Benedryl & took it on Wednesday night, but it gave me relief temporarily only. On Thursday afternoon I saw a few bumps appearing on my body & by evening it started multiplying & I rushed to the doctor. The first question he asked me is did I change my hair dye. I never realised that the allergic reaction will take place after 3 weeks & three times application. The doctor prescribed me Prednisone 20 mg. I started researching on the internet & when reading others comments realised that the allergy can take place after 2 weeks also & the culprit is the hair dye. I have never experienced any allergy in my whole life. I also had slight bump behind my ear & my ear was slightly hurting. But I thank God I didn't had much problems by the grace of God, but this is a big nuisance as after I take this medication, I think it reacts with the body & all over my scalp & body starts itching & I get bumps all over my body & it wanishes in 3 hours. Today is Saturday & I am improving. I may go for natural henna powder which I was using couple of years ago. Thanks for everybody for sharing their experiences

Sep 10, 2012
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Need help
by: Anonymous

Can anyone tell me if u are allergic to hair dye is it safe to get the dye put in with foils rather than just painted on. Or is it ok to go blonde and just have bleach in foils. I'm at my wits end. And do u need skin testing for bleach. Please help if u have the answers. Help!

Sep 08, 2012
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Hives for six months
by: Vilma

I have had ppd allergy yrs ago...decided to try black die on hair six months ago figuring if it didn't touch my scalp I'll be fine..didn't do full head...that was six months ago...I've been suffering with hives ever since getting worst everyday...don't have insurance but went to intrernist he put me on 1 week of pred. Helped for one week then returned with a vengeance...Zyrtec is the only thing that helps a little...creams for hives don't work...going this week to have handful of blood tests...I think this is too too long to have this allergy...hives are on legs,arms,and now my ears and some by my eyes....this is horrible...only a person that has gone through the knows how it affects every part of your life...I'm 54 and have been told I look like I'm in my 30s....I guess it time to either go gray or do the cap where they pull hair though which has worked for me in the past...has anyone found relief from these symptoms like mine?

Sep 05, 2012
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Hair dye bad reaction had to go to hospital
by: Anonymous

Ian a black male 61 and had to be admitted to the hospital in the icu with a bad case hair dye problem. I was in icu for three days. I just released to 5 Sep. Never again will I put any dye in my hair. I almost died.

Sep 03, 2012
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When does it go away?
by: Anonymous

I recently experienced a hair dye allergy. It has been three weeks now, and when I wear my hair down (I also have bangs) I still get hives where the hair touches my skin (back, face, neck). Will this ever stop. Do I have to shave my head or bleach my hair? It will take years for the hair to grow out (I plan on never dying again). Will I be on allergy pills forever? How long did it take for all of you to not be bothered anymore by your hair dye allergy?

Sep 01, 2012
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Gray hair at 14 - part 2
by: My Sensitive Skin Care

This is part 2 of my comment ... please see below for the first part of my reply.

It is possible to reduce the amount of gray hair that you develop by eating a healthy diet that minimizes stress on your body, (avoiding toxins, processed foods, preservatives, artificial colors and flavorings, etc.), and by avoiding other toxins such as tobacco and alcohol.

There are also Chinese herbs that can help restore hair color such as Fo-Ti which is inexpensive and definitely effective for those people that can tolerate it. Fo Ti strengthens the liver however I don't recommend you start on herbs until you first consult with your doctor and understand what is causing your hair to become prematurely gray. Please also check with your doctor before using herbs since they are powerful. If there is nothing medical that is causing the gray hair, you may want to consult with a qualified Acupuncturist or practitioner of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) as they can provide herbs that will work for your unique body without causing further imbalance.

There are other approaches you can take that are much safer. For example, some essential oils, applied to the hair can reduce gray hair. There are Organic Gray Hair Prevention Shampoos that can help however these take several months to show results.

There is one hair coloring that does not contain PPD that works well for brunettes called /Color Me Natural and some people love it, but it may not work for everyone. Always do a skin test before using even so called natural hair dyes. I hope these ideas can be a start for you to find safer solutions for prematurely gray hair.

Sep 01, 2012
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Gray hair at 14 - part 1
by: My Sensitive Skin Care

To the young person who is going gray at age 14 ... first, I am so deeply sorry for what you have gone through with using these hair dyes. I recommend that you stop using them, as the chemicals are harsh and some people can develop longterm problems after using them. Please first check with your doctor as sometimes prematurely gray hair can be a sign of a health imbalance or a thyroid disorder.

You are not alone, as some people begin developing gray hair at a very young age. This is sometimes hereditary. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, developing gray hair early is considered to be a sign of an imbalance or weakness in the energy meridians connected with the kidneys.

There are many natural approaches that may help and that will not have the toxic side effects of PPD and the chemicals in hair dye. I will post the rest of this comment separately as I don't have enough room here!

Aug 31, 2012
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I had SO MANY gray hairs!
by: Anonymous

Im only 14 but i have so many gray hairs and the kids at school sometimes make fun of me so i dyed my hair. The very first time i dyed it, there was no allergic reaction at all but the second time i dyed it, there was. I didnt know what was going on so i started iching my scalp but soon realized it was a bad idea. The reaction cleared in about 2 weeks. The grays came back so i decided to dye again and i had the same reaction (swollen eyes, iching, puss from the scalp, and a little bit of stinging) but it subsided in about a week. The third time i dyed my hair wasnt as bad but it still iched, there was puss and my forehead was a little swollen but not as much as before. I tried washing everything out of my hair but that didnt really do anything. A damp cloth helps keep the swelling down but its so uncomfortable trying to sleep with it on. I also take benadryl but it doesnt do much. I really dont want to be made fun of something i cant control so im wondering if there are any other ways to get rid of the gray hairs, without dyeing my hair. PLEASE HELP!!!

Aug 22, 2012
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Reactiontohairdye
by: Anonymous

After 20yrs colouring my hair I became allergic to hair dye. The itching was unbearable I developed lumps in my head and spots around my hair line. When I went in the sun I developed hives all over my back . The stylist said to get patch tested which I did but never told me to leave it for 48 hours. I got colour done again and it hapened again. My reaction didn't start straight away it was 9 days later each time . The second time made me feel quite unwell. Anti histamines did ease it but not cure it. When I returned to my hairdresser she said it was probably my shampoo I knew it wasn't that. Next time I'm considering a whole head of foils or the old fashioned streaking cap. I have never felt so worried about getting my hair colored .

Aug 17, 2012
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PPD a life long health risk.
by: Anonymous

I was exposed to PPD through black henna. Once you are sensitized to PPD you can be allergic to a wide variety of other substances and medications. There are a number of articles in medical journals on the subject that I recommend you research.

The hair dye can cause allergies that can last a lifetime. I am only 28, but I already know that I will never dye my hair as long as I live no matter how ugly it gets.

Gray hair can be beautiful. Swollen faces and constant rashes cannot. I encourage people who keep experimenting with new products to do a lot of research on PPD before trying them. Don't trust that others will know what PPD is. I'm finding that doctors are not even that aware of the literature.

Aug 06, 2012
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Allergies getting worse
by: My Sensitive Skin Care

Oh my goodness, thank you Anonymous for sharing what happened to you with your hair dye allergies getting worse over time. I am not a doctor but I have noticed with my own health that some allergies seem to get worse over time if I keep exposing myself to the irritant. For example, somewhere around 2006 I discovered that I was allergic to nickel, although I didn't know it at the time. I developed a rash on my ring finger, underneath my gold ring, which spread to my palm. I had been wearing the ring for over 15 years with no problems, so I wasn't sure what happened I tried everything, and the only thing that helped was removing the ring. I still didn't know what was going on, so then I tried another ring once the rash cleared. Unfortunately, the rash got MUCH worse, and it developed a lot faster (although this could have been because that ring had more nickel, which I didn't know at the time.) Now I find that I am even more reactive to nickel, so that just a short exposure will cause a rash. It may be that our immune systems become oversensitized to the irritant.

I understand how easy it is to keep doing something which provides a nice benefit to our appearance, even if it may cause a little irritation. The trouble begins when the annoying rashes become worse and become system, like causing swollen lymph nodes. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. This is a good reminder for us all to do our best to listen to our bodies and honor their wisdom, and to let go of beauty practices that cause problems for our health.

Jul 30, 2012
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PPD Chemical allergy
by: Anonymous

After coloring my gray hair for years, I began to suspect I was reacting to the hair dye. This, before learning about PPD. I would feel some burning upon application and then notice a few "hot" spots around my hairline, back of neck, & ears. No biggy at the time, just a nuisance. A few weeks after coloring, they would disappear. Then, I'd color my hair again, and the nuisance would begin anew.
I visited my dermatologist who told me I had a hair dye allergy. Two treatments ago, I told my hairdresser I suspected an allergy to PPD. She checked the label and pronounced "ppd free." I went ahead with the treatment, reacting worse than previous treatments. I had 3 weeks of intense peeling, itcy, flaky skin on and around my scalp. This time, my lymph nodes in my neck and head were engaged. Okay, you might ask, and you returned for another treatment? I know, I know, but, I was completely clear 3 weeks later after switching shampoos. My dermatologist and I thought the shampoo could be the culprit.
This last treatment (my last forever), I had my stylist switch me from permanent to semi-permanent. She told me I wouldn't have any trouble and no patch test was recommended. At first, there was no burning upon application, no red areas after. But, about 48 hours later, the same hot spots surfaced, and my lymph nodes became engaged again. This time, the reaction seemed worse than the previous one. A week to the day after this hair dye treatment, I broke out in an all-over body rash that I still have four weeks after coloring. My lymph nodes are still swollen, and I now have swollen joints, apparently, another systemic reaction to this horrible ppd chemical.
My two dermatologists, allergist, and newly acquired rheumatologist have all confirmed that I am having a systemic reaction to hairdye. I have undergone numerous tests and will be undergoing an allergy patch test when the allergist can finally find a clear spot on my back for the test. Had I stopped at the second to the last hair dye treatment, as suggested by one determatologist, I would not be in this state of itching madness and doctor after doctor visits. I wish my hair stylist had taken my claim of an allergy to PPD more seriously. I called the company (Wella) to see if in fact my hairdye was ppd free as claimed by my sylist, and learned that all their semi- and permanent hair colors contain ppd. This ppd is a nasty chemical, and I I feel like I’ve been poisoned.
I'm told that Gray and White are the new "in" colors, and will be growing my brown hair out to join the trend (see the beautiful white-haired pictures of Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada). It is hard to believe that there isn't more regulation of ppd. Other countries have banned it, but our hair coloring industry keeps this little known carcinogen in most color treatment products and out of the general body of knowledge for unsuspecting consumers like me.

Jul 21, 2012
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I have had horrible reaction and found relief for scalp
by: Mindy

I recently had a reaction to hair dye that led me to an oncologist to test for lymphoma. I have used nice n/e dark brown for about ten years. Recenty switched to black. I had my first reaction a year ago, My husband and I were on vacation and I colored my hair in the hotel room. I ended up in the emergency room. We thought it must have been something I was exposed to on vacation. My lymphnodes were swollen in my neck and the back part of my scalp. The nodes on the back of my scalp were painful. This last reaction I had about a month ago. Again lymphnodes all down my neck, my ears were swollen,red and peeling. I couldnt stop scratching. And oh the itch. The most unbelievable un relievable itch. Bumps and sores all over my scalp. And then the rash down my back came. I bought selson blue the medicated shampoo suggested by the oncologist. first time I had relief. And you can use a conditioner after. It gave me such relief I got back into the shower and scrubbed the rash on my back with it. It isnt much for the other symptoms but it will give you relief. I hope this helps some of you.

Jul 05, 2012
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It's got under my skin
by: Anonymous

Without realising I had an abrasion on the bridge of my nose I had my hair dyed. After 3 days I experienced sharp pains in my scalp and in my inner ear and my right eye started itching badly. I have consulted my GP and have started using anti-allergy cream and pills. The inflamations and rashes have started to subside. My worry however is that the dye seems to have got under my skin on the bridge of my nose. I have what looks like a scab, when in fact I think it is damaged sub dermal skin that is dark brown. My GP says it should heal up but I am worried that I will have a permenant dark brown mark. It is very sensitive with an itching burning sensation - has anyone else had this problem. I have little blisters around my eye, down the side of my nose and it feels as if they are on my scalp too.
I have dyed my hair for 30+ years.... without a problem but must confess I have never done a skin test.

Jun 10, 2012
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PPD Dye only 5% react????
by: Andrea

I am surprised to find out only 5% of hair dye users end up with a reaction! I have been using for 10 years Paul Mitchell hair dye. I love the product, but have been having itching (which I attributed to winter and dry skin) until this past time a week before Mother's Day. I did a touch up and the itching and HUGE bumps on my scalp. I have since found out I am allergic to PPD and the bumps are from my lymphatic system reacting to the chemical. I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck, chest and groin area. I am on DOUBLE antihistamines to stop the itching and I am now on Prednesone for 6 days to finally get my system under control. I feel lucky to not have the horrible open, weeping sores I have read about. I have been reading about dyes without PPD. I bought one from ION but the booster for grey hair had PPD.

May 25, 2012
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Allergic reaction to hair dye
by: Vilo

Hi, I recently colored my hair, also used black hair color. A week later and my head and neck has broken out in sore itchy pimples. Been to the doctor who gave me a cortisone injection, some pills but still not relief. The itchiness is unbearable. I have even resorted to cutting off my locks in the hope it would bring some relief. Really desperate for some advice on what can be used to help relive the itching scalp and get rid of the pimples.

May 20, 2012
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Itching all over!
by: Anonymous

I used hair dye two nights ago and my whole body feels like it is on fire. The odd part is everything is itching except my head. My legs are the worse and actually bleeding from my severe scratching. I took benadryl and symptoms have no subsided. I hope they go away soon.

May 05, 2012
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Here's what worked for another reader
by: My Sensitive Skin Care

Hi Cricket, I am so glad you are finding some relief! Today I found a message by another reader who has had extensive experience being allergic to hair dye. She discovered two simple, natural foods that brought her relief from her hair dye allergies. You can read her full post here.

Apr 23, 2012
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Hair Dye Allergie
by: Anonymous

after dying my hair black for more then 10 years i just got a allergic reaction too ...the pain the itchiness is unbearable !! i just came back from the Dr and he prescribed me a cream called HYDERM ...i know im a bit impatient ..but i dont feel any sign of relief yet ..im sure i have to wait 1 day or 2 !? but im sitting here wondering if i can go buy some benedryl ... or the cream and Benedryl woud be too much !? Help i need to feel better as soon as possible : (

Mar 21, 2012
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Nose burning after coloring hair?
by: Anonymous

My hair was brown and I wanted to see how I would look with blonde hair so I bought some nice and easy hair color and my husband did my hair and it ended up being bright blonde and ever since then my nose has been burning really badly and I keep having a bad smell in my nose. Is this a reaction or an allergy and if so what do I need to do? I went to the doctor because I have been sick and she said I have allergies and a cold and I told her about my hair color and told her about my nose burning and she did not even care. What should I do? Will benadryl help?

Mar 11, 2012
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Hair dye reaction help
by: Tanya

I've woken up with a hair dye reaction, again! I had some foils for the first time thinking it wouldn't be as harsh and now have puss oozing out of my scalp down my face. I know I can't use an all over hair dye as I would be in hospital, but foils? From past experience there is no great cure, except antihistamines maybe. Washing the hair makes it worse as the dye reabsorbs in the scalp again so the weeping will continue. It's better to let the scalp crust and dry as much as possible then wash [maybe after a week?] After having this reaction for nearly 20 years, and getting a few grey hairs since, I would have to recommend hair frosting. You can buy frosting kits for around $20. Make sure you get the type with a cap and hook to pull the hair through the cap holes. This way very minimal dye touches the scalp and you should be fine. I have been frosting my hair for over 10 years with no reaction at all. I will be continuing frosting again after this experience! Even after the scalp has stopped weeping the horror still continues. Your scalp will produce a thick white cradle cap that can last for several years, depending on how severe the reaction. Try not to pull out the cradle cap as your hair will fall out with it! I'm thinking massaging oil into the scalp may help release it? Well I hope I may have helped someone with my experiences. There's no easy cure just time. Good luck!

Feb 23, 2012
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allergic reaction to henna
by: Anonymous

How do I stop the reaction of a henna. Face and neck are red

Feb 02, 2012
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It can last for ages!!
by: Anonymous

Hi all, Ive been researching and came across this. I had a.severe allergic reaction to a.dark dye back at the end of november, my face swelled up, weepy scalp and awful pain, this finally.cleared up after 3 courses of steroids but I then develped a rash down my back, now 3 months after the initial reaction i am back to a.weepy scalp and a.rash all over my body!! I am just devastated that it has returned so viciously, I am now on yet another course of steroids and considering having my hair cut v short so at least theres less PPD to poison me!!

Jan 30, 2012
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Ocean
by: Anonymous

I had a severe reaction that lasted almost 2 years...all down my back ..back oflegs..arms...I think as I washed the dye out of my hair and I stood in the shower and the dye ran down my bak it caused my body to react...I saw 3 specialists....I was on sterioids..and all kinds of meds...finally I went back to hawaii and spent the day in the ocean...3 days later...entire rash gone....MY was oozing...so horrible..wish i could add a pic cause I would...

Jan 26, 2012
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PPD allergy, six months of suffering
by: Anonymous

I had a reaction to PPD in black hair dye last July, roughly six months ago. At first it did not seem that I was having a severe enough reaction to warrant an ER visit, no trouble breathing, severe swelling, etc. For three days I was mildly swollen around my face and my ears were burned and weeping fluid. This subsided, but the intense itching and red bumps in my scalp, neck, back and shoulders continued. After 10 days, I did go to the ER, where the doctor dismissed my diagnosis of PPD allergy as preposterous and silly, but gave me prednisone pills anyway, along with pills to stop the itch. They did nothing. After another five weeks, I was back in the ER for an infection in my scalp from scratching. I was given an antibiotic and more itch pills. It is now January and the scalp itching is still present, as well as itching down my back, sides, and even my legs. The itch is constant and I often sit on my hands to not scratch. It is my last thought at night and my first thought in the morning upon waking. Without health insurance, seeing an allergist or dermatologist is out of the question. Cortisone creams, itch lotion, calamine all do next to nothing to stop it. I have recently read that I may have a cross-sensitivity to the dye in black clothing, which means I can no longer wear a good 75% of my wardrobe and may have to buy all new bedding as my sheets and comforter are black. This chemical should NOT BE LEGAL. Doing a small patch test did not produce the slightest reaction prior to using the dye on my hair. The FDA should completely BAN PPD out right.

Jan 24, 2012
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bad hair allerghies
by: caryre

I too have suffered very very badly with hair dyes. this only started up with me after i had chemo for breast cancer. before then i could use anyone and i was fine. Dont know what the chemo did to my skin, but its changed the way i use a lot of skin care stuff as my skin breaks out also. my allergy to my head and ears with hair dye were that bad i had to go to the doctors.

Jan 11, 2012
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Severe reactions to hair, eyelash and eyebrow tints
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have suffered from the most severe kind of allergy from hair dye imaginable. My neck swelled up my glands swelled, I had broken skin that weeped!! My hair wud stick to the weeping broken skin and every morning I would go threw the pain of having to pull my hair off my skin. I ended up in A&E with a severe reaction!! Depending on the severity of the reaction it can take weeks and in my case months for it to pass. Please be sure to ALWAYS do a skin test and leave for at least 48 hrs. Shame goes for eye lash/brow tints!! I am also severely alergic and ended up in eye hospital so I urge anyone dealing with any type of dye on ur body to always be very careful as its just not worth the pain :-((

Oct 30, 2011
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finally relief from itching
by: Anonymous

It took about 6 weeks for me to finally have complete relief after my reaction from hair dye. During this time I had to take Zyrtec during the day and Benedryl during the night-time to have any relief from my symptoms. At times,I would still itch so hard it would leave scratch marks on my skin.

I am now using a product without PPD or as it states only trace elements. As a precaution, I have done a patch test and am having my hair stylist foil in the color to minimize contact with my scalp.This seems to be doing the trick. I just had my hair done and no reaction this time, thank God!

Oct 29, 2011
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Allergic reaction to hair dye
by: Jacquie

I used a hair dye containing PPD i think it is?
This was over 5 weeks ago and I still have the irritation in my scalp.
I went to the doc and he prescribed steroid cream applied with long nozzle to head and it was fantastic. However, once the cream had run out the symptoms returned and I do not want to continue using a steroid treatment.
I found that lots of conditioner, especially tea tree oil conditioner left to soak on the head really helps and runnning the shower head contstantly after shampooing as i also seem to be sensitised to shampoo now.
hope this helps, jacquie

Oct 13, 2011
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Hair dye allery at wits end!!!
by: Anonymous

I dyed my hair 3 weeks ago and had a huge allergic reaction. I went to my doctor and they put me on Prednisone and landed in the ER. I was allergic to steroids as well. I have had no allergies to anything really. So I was really scared. It is 3 weeks later and I still have hives and bumps.

It looked like it was going to go away until I went out with a girlfriend for dinner and had a couple glasses of wine. I woke up at 4 in the morning and was covered with hives. I have a prescription AAntihistamine which works preety good but took 48 hours to get it under control and was completely out of it, not to mention I could not go to work.

So just a note: dont drink alcohol while this is happening. Still am suffering and if anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated. My doctor really has not been very much help.




Oct 11, 2011
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Still Itching
by: Anonymous

I am currently experiencing an allergic reaction to PPDA. I had this same experience 3 years ago and was so miserable that I had to go on prednisone to get relief. Since then my hair dresser was using a dye that stated no PPDA (but stated may have trace elements) I was doing so well that we used more than usual and this is when I had my problem. It is almost 4 weeks and I am still suffering, taking zrytec, cortizone creams, etc still feeling itchy.
Has anyone used a hair product that they would recommend. I am not ready to go gray yet. If I find something without PPDA I plan to foil in the color.

Sep 24, 2011
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Ouch!
by: Anonymous

My hair dye didnt irritate until a few hours after washing it out. Swollen scalp, itching like crazy...... Lets just grow old gracefully with far less pain

Sep 10, 2011
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Wheat reaction
by: Kim

I am a celiac which means no gluten(wheat rye barley oats) with that said my hair lady knows this and put on my hair a product rich in gluten!!! I have been so sick for the past week!! And with a rash on my head too! Do u by chance know how long it could take to get out of the blood system? Thnx

Sep 04, 2011
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Hair Dye Allergy
by: Anonymous

I got my hair dyed over two months ago and am still having a reaction to the dye. I get a rash on my face and neck, and the rash gets much worse when I sweat from exercising.

I've been rinsing my hair with a solution of 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water, because I've heard it helps get the color out. I've also tried natural hot oil treatments using jojoba and olive oil. The only thing that seems to help is putting hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball, diluting it with water, using that on my face, and then applying hydrocortisone cream.

Good luck to everyone who is in the same predicament. It literally makes me sick how many cheap, irritating chemicals cosmetic companies will use in their products just to make more of a profit. I only use natural lotions and oils now, and I've thrown out a lot of makeup as well, due to allergies.

Sep 02, 2011
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Is there such thing as a late reaction?
by: Anonymous

So is getting a late reaction possible? It's weird because when I first applied the dye, everything went as it normally did. The only difference this time was that I decided to do it by myself rather than going to an expensive salon. Washed it all off as much as a 3 times to make sure nothing remained. Before going to sleep, I took another shower cause I felt icky from working. That's when my neck felt something and I woke up the next morning with claw marks (which were my nails) from scratching my neck in front and behind. It was burning and felt like it was in flames. Could it be possible that it was the dye's fault? I need to know if I'm allergic or not...

Aug 29, 2011
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HAIR DYE ALLERGIES ARE FOREVER
by: Mandy

Each time you react is worse than the one before. Nothing stops it...you have to experiment with what works for you. Hair dye allergies take many months or years to develop. It usually starts with itching. Later you develop itching and bumps. After that it goes downhill. It's dangerous and, if you don't stop dying - you could end up in the hospital or worse.

I have had to sleep with ice bags on my head. I've used Listerine to dab on the itches. Done apple cider vinegar rinses after washing my hair. Used calamine lotion for rashes that were not on my scalp. Used three kinds of prescription cortisone (only one helped and that only worked on the lesions around my face and neck).

Basically the chemicals you are allergic to are in your system. My longest full-blown reaction has been 6 weeks....but the symptoms were not totally gone, just tolerable.

There is a point - after you've tried a zillion products- that you will stop altogether or find a semi-permanent product that you have to apply every other week. BECOME A LABEL READER. PPD has many many forms and names...search the internet and you will find them. Also avoid "Toulene" and anything that ends with the letters "amine" Keep the list of ppd derivatives with you. NONE of the famous name companies make products that are without risk. Even the ones that make semi-permanent color products. There is almost no such thing as a "natural" product...if there is it won't work. Some hennas work and I only know of one place that sells laboratory tested hennas...every other henna has a risk or is miserable to use.

If you have insurance - get tested by a dermatologist. there is a test that will uncover all the chemicals you are sensitive to. It's called the TRUE test.

Be careful with patch tests. test twice. And test near your scalp. I can rub dye on my arms and nothing happens. On my scalp all breaks loose.

There are thousands of us out here. Lots of website and message boards. Lots of people sharing product information.

Good luck.

Aug 29, 2011
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Experience with hypo allergenic Sanotint hair colour
by: Frances

Hi,
After mild breathing difficulties and itching on using many available dyes, I forked out money to buy Sanotint Hypoallergenic from Italy. It was pretty easy and convenient to do, and I think I spent about $80 for three packs (to save on postage), Unfortunately for me, they are made from millet, a grain that I have discovered in the past that I was allergic to, so had a strong reaction to the recommended skin test, and didn't actually get as far as using them.

So.... I should have asked the company precisely what natural products they use, since most of the things I am allergic to happen to be natural (such as wheat, millet, soy etc).

Editor note - thank you for sharing Frances. Yes, Santotint has a number of ingredients that can be very irritating for sensitive skin. Some of their hair dyes do contain PPD and the ones that do not still have ingredients like fragrance, SLS and many other chemicals that can be allergy producing.


Aug 10, 2011
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Highly Allergic to Dye and needs help some dye without peroxide and ammonia
by: asha chand

My skin is very sensitive, I cannot use any dyes easily. Many years I did not dye my hair due to
this. I ended up many times bad allergy reactions in the past and suffered weeks to months.

Right now, I was using Clairol's Loving Care no
peroxide, and no ammonia. Clairol has discontinued this product. I am in big trouble.

Two days ago I tried to test patch inside elbow Natural Instincts dye without ammonia, and it gave me such a bad reaction, even with small two inches patch. My whole life is on hold. I am taking bendryl in the night, but itching and burning is so much I cannot sleep. I will appreciate if someone knows any mild dye people like me. I will greatly appreciate that.
I don't know how long it will take to come my life back.

Desperate for your help.
Asha

Aug 09, 2011
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HAIR DYE ALLEGY OVER 31 YEAR
by: Anonymous

dyed my hair with N&E you know the one; so bad hospital wanted to put me in a medical journal;swollen face,puffy eyelids;sores all over scalp with puss oozing, had to say in the dark, and not touch face; 2 yr old nephew became scared of me; tried again 15 yrs later -bad, but not as bad;found out 1st time cross contaminated me, have since been allegic to lipstick, lip balm,heat reactive shampoo, different make-up;the list goes on; i'm attractive, don't live in a bubble; recent derm. visit,dr. told me she didn't know if there was anything for me, face breaks out; went to whole foods for there make-up, no go;even perspiration burns my face; all from dyeing my hair over 31 yrs ago; desperate to find a hair dye;no wig & no henna. HELP (SOON 2 b 52). washington dc

Aug 04, 2011
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don't know what to do!
by: Anonymous

i've dyed my hair quite alot, i used a colour be4, and x3 xxl live platinum blondes within 2 days and then a xxl live red passion the next, including deep conditioning and shampooing in between! When putting on the red dye i had burning and irritation to the scalp which then resulted in me feeling dizzy and was then sick 6 times in a row, was went into shock. I was in tears with the burning sensation and absolute wrecked my hair! My scalp has came out in little lumps and scabs and my face,chin,down my lower neck bits of my eye lids are developing a rash which is so itchy and irritable! My eyes are feeling quite sore and irritating and my hair/scalp face and the top of my chest is a mess! What do i do?!

Jul 20, 2011
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Relief from a PPD reaction
by: Anonymous

Each time I color my hair the reaction is worse. I'm now afraid to do it again. Each recovery takes weeks...sometimes longer. This last time was so bad that I had to resort to an Rx medication. For itch relief, I got my best help from (are you ready?) Listerine. Just rub it on and it quiets the itch significantly. You have to do it repeatedly but it works better than anything else I've tried.. As far as eliminating the lesions, bumps and rashes, my doctor gave me Triamcinolon 0.1% lotion. This is a generic form of some other drug that costs around $78 dollars! I got mine RX at Walmart and it cost $36. Gets rid of the welts and lesions pretty quickly.

Jun 02, 2011
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hair dye allergy
by: Anonymous

Has anyone had swollen lymphnodes from a hair dye allergic reation? If so how long did your lymphnodes stay swollen for?

May 24, 2011
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Hair dye allergies
by: Alysha

I dyed my hair about 2 weeks ago & i broke out on my neck, ears & have a lump in my neck from dying my hair. Ive had this problem before but the only thing different this time is my face didnt swell. I was wondering if anyone knew if there was such a hairdye for people like me that are allergic. Also if anyone knew what i might do about the breakout i have on my neck & ears. It keeps me up at night & it itches but if i touch it then it hurts & it does have infection that comes out. I dont wanna go see the Dr. due to me owing them some money & i get harrassed everytime i go & they demand a payment up front.Ive trig cold wash clothes, ive tring bacterail cream & antibiotic cream, ive taken allergi pills & nothing seems to be working. It is spreading down my the back of my neck. THANK YOU :)

May 15, 2011
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Hair dye reaction
by: Anonymous

In December 2010 I DYED MY HAIR WITH LOEAL CREME EXCELLENCE AND HAD A BAD REACTION ENDING UP IN A&E WHERE I WAS GIVEN ANTIHISTAMINES THAT HELPED A LITTLE.HOWEVER TODAY IS 15TH MAY 2011 AND UNBELIEVABLY STILL HAVE SYMPTOMS SUCH AS ITCHY FEET AND HANDS.JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAS EXPERIENCED THIS AND HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO GO COMPLETELY.

Apr 22, 2011
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Finally found the relief!
by: Cricket Perier

My allergic reaction finally subsided after 3 and 1/2 weeks. I did everything from flusshing by body to benadryl and nothing was working. I found that witch hazel relieved the itching but it took a little while to dry up the bumps. I have since dyed my hair 3 times since then but not with store brand products. Being a licensed cosmetologist I returned to a beauty supply and went for the professional brands. I can say from experience there is something to using the 'good stuff'. The chemicals are not has harsh and I have not had any problems, even went I stripped all the old color out and then applied new color. This was a whole day of chemical exposure and I did not have any problems. I thank everyone who offered advice, but I am sticking to what I know will work.

Apr 22, 2011
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Benadryl for hair dye allergies
by: My Sensitive Skin Care

Hi, and thanks for your message. I am glad that you have not had a reaction to the hair dye. Each person is different and must decide for themselves whether the risks of exposing their body to PPD (paraphenylenediamine or p-phenylenediamine) is worth the benefit.

Yes, there are drugs like Benadryl that may be able to help the symptoms of a hair dye allergy, but avoiding the ingredients that are the cause of the problem may be a simpler and healthier solution for those who hare having this problem.

Apr 12, 2011
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Allergy
by: Anonymous

I'm a 51 year old male, who has just started using hair coloring for my mustache and goatee. So far I haven't had an allergic reaction. Anaphylactic shock was a surprised to see as a possible side affect. However I would think for a skin allergy how about topical Benadryl cream or taking a Benadryl, just one at night for a day or two?

Jan 29, 2011
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Clearing up hair dye allergy symptoms
by: My Sensitive Skincare

Oh my goodness Cricket, I am so sorry to hear about this intense skin breakout from your hair dye. If you'd rather not see a medical doctor about this, I would recommend a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) who will have access to a number of different options for treating this very severe reaction to hair dye. When we get breakouts it is often because our body's other elimination systems can't handle the toxic overload.

For this reason, it may be helpful for you to do something gentle and natural to support your body's elimination, for example drinking plenty of pure water, eliminating refined foods from your diet, drinking fresh vegetable juices and/or green smoothies, or even doing a natural cleanse. Our free ebook Clear Any Skin Problem Naturally has additional recommendations.

For the immediate irritation on your skin, one thing that may help is cool compresses ... just cool water on a facecloth. Some of the other things you could try if you haven't already are applying aloe vera gel (do a skin test first) or calendula ointment. I wouldn't use these near your eyes, but if your skin test shows that they are non-irritating, they would be soothing for the other parts of your body that are inflamed. I hope these suggestions can be helpful to you and that you feel better very soon.

Jan 29, 2011
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Ran out of ideas on hair dye allergy
by: Cricket Perier

I have been a cosmetologist since 1978 and I have used just about everything that is on the market on my hair. (both professional and store bought) allthough I have sensitive skin to soaps and make-up, I have never had a reaction from hair products until this past year since I have been dying my hair black. I have found that black hair dye has stronger chemicals than the other colors and even most bleaches and strippers. Recently I have noticed a few bumps and severe itching right after dying my hair that usually goes away within 3 days, however this last time I tried that new 'touch-up' dye, and not only did my entire head break out, I have had break-outs all over my body including my eyelids, neck, back, legs, etc.
It now has reached the two week mark and am still suffering. I have tried several so-called-remedies, nothing has worked, not even benedryl. The only relief I get is from with hazel as it is drying up the bumps. I wonder if there is relief in sight or if anyone can offer a suggestion other than seeing a doctor who would perscribe meds. I am allergic to a-lot of antibiotics and would rather not take anything if I could get away with it. Thank you for this opportunity

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