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Mother Hospitalised Following Severe Hair Dye Allergy (7 October 2011)

Date: 07/10/2011
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Mother Hospitalised Following Severe Hair Dye Allergy

A mother was left hospitalised following suffering a severe allergic reaction to a popular hair dye. Twenty-nine-year-old Mariade Kelly was admitted to a hospital’s high-dependency unit following the use of a shop-bought hair dye. Hours after applying the product to her hair, Miss Kelly's scalp began to react to the dye. Over the following 48 hours, Miss Kelly’s symptoms deteriorated; her throat swelled up and she struggled to breathe. Her heart rate increased to a life-threatening 180 beats per minute. Following making several trips to A&E, Miss Kelly was admitted to the hospital’s high dependency unit where she received anti-histamines and steroid injections. Miss Kelly had previously used hair dyes in the past and considered the recommended skin allergy test detailed on the product packaging to be unnecessary.

Miss Kelly was found to have had an allergic reaction to an ingredient found in many UK hair dyes - the chemical para-phenylenediamine (PPD). This chemical is banned in many European countries. People can become allergic to the chemical at any time during their lives, even with prior exposure. A spokesperson for the manufacturer of the product claims that while allergies to hair colourants are extremely rare, they may occur in a very small number of users. The company states that it is essential for all users to conduct a skin allergy test at least 48 hours before using a hair dye, even if it has been used before.

Duncan Lewis’ personal injury solicitors can advise clients on whether or not they are eligible to claim compensation for a personal injury after suffering a reaction to a shop-bought product.

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