How to treat an allergic reaction due to hair color?

Hair coloring seems to be the easiest way to change the way one looks. Men and women enjoy getting their hair dyed and styled for a different look. The market too is flooded with a variety of colors to suite your taste. Hair color can break the monotony of that same look and style.

However, some people are sensitive to chemicals used in hair dyes, and can get allergic reactions to lightening agents and hair dyes. An allergic reaction for some can be mild, while for others it might even turn life threatening. Sometimes, the same product that you’ve been using for months might cause an allergic reaction.

If you have a mild allergic reaction, the symptoms will include an itchy sensation or a burning sensation on the scalp. Your eyes might swell up or water. If your allergy is life threatening, then your throat might swell up and you might have breathing problems. In rare cases, allergic reactions can cause death.

Your allergic reactions can be major or mild, severe or slow, whatever the case, it would be necessary to get yourself examined by a medical professional. Delaying the treatment will only lead to further aggravation of the problem If you suspect that your hair dye has caused an allergic reaction, it would be best to discontinue with its usage and seek medical help. The allergy will worsen over a period of time if you leave it unattended and continue to use the hair dye.

Even bleach-based hair products can cause allergic reactions. According to health care experts these allergies are linked to paraphenylenediamine, which are known as PPD. This might even happen because of an adverse reaction to peroxide, ammonia, and bleach.


There are a few precise measures that could be followed to treat the allergic reactions.

  • Use a clarifying shampoo to wash off the dye that is still there in your hair. If you do not have such a shampoo, use a strong shampoo for the wash.
  • Pop an antihistamine tablet to stop the allergic reaction. You can get these medicines at your local drug store.
  • Use a cortisone cream on your itchy skin to decrease itching and inflammation. This cream is beneficial for treating mild allergic reactions.
  • If the symptoms still persist, then visit a doctor immediately. Remember that allergic reactions due to hair dye can cause rashes on the neck and face, and can obstruct the breathing.
  • Finally, the next time you purchase a hair color, check the label and do a patch test before using it.

answered by G M

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