Friday, October 8, 2021

Can Hair Dye Cause Eye Swelling? - PPD Allergy Reactions

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In this article, I would like to share information concerning hair dye allergic reactions by paraphenylenediamine (PPD). PPD is a chemical that usually comes in its own bottle accompanied by an oxidizer and is found in tattoo ink, printer ink, hair dye box, and gasoline.


Hair coloring products include different ingredients that can irritate skin and cause allergic reactions. Most cases of allergic contact dermatitis are caused by an ingredient called PPD. It usually causes allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin.

Swollen Eyelids Symptoms after Hair Dye By PPD

You may find your scalp, neck, forehead, ears, and eyelids irritated and infected by PPD from hair dye. If you are allergic to hair dye, the symptoms may mild to serious. These symptoms may happen immediately or may take up to 48 hours to manifest. Hair dye symptoms to the eyes include:
  • Red eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning or stinging sensation in eyes
Sometimes a hair dye allergy may cause anaphylaxis and this reaction can be fatal. This reaction is a medical emergency and if you appear to be going into anaphylactic shock, call a doctor or get emergency treatment. Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
  • Skin rashes
  • Stinging or burning
  • swelling of throat and tongue
  • Breathing fainting
  • Nausea and vomiting
The mild symptoms of hair dye can last for 10 to 15 days from the day of application hair color. With the proper procedure, you will see itchiness, rashes, allergies, and inflammation go away in 2 weeks.

Best Remedies for Allergic Reactions from Hair Dye

There is a number of remedies that you can try at home to treat your symptoms. Try one of these methods:
  • If you have a mild reaction to the hair dye, rinse it off immediately with warm water and mild soap or mild shampoo.
  • Apply a solution of potassium permanganate to the affected area of the skin.
  • Use an over-the-counter topical corticosteroid skin cream for the symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis. The cream can be used on the skin externally but should not be used in the eye or mouth.
  • Apply topical corticosteroid shampoo such as clobex on your scalp after hair dye.
  • Apply hydrogen peroxide solution on the affected skin it helps to reduce irritation and blistering because it has an antiseptic effect.
  • Take Benadryl antihistamine orally it removes skin inflammation and itching.
  • Use a natural type of hair dye such as henna.
If your symptoms do not treat and they get worse then call your doctor immediately. You may be able to get relief from prescription medication that is available in many forms including creams, eye drops, lotions, ear drops, and pills.

Hair Dye Ingredients that usually Cause Allergic Reactions

Hair dyes containing PPD mostly cause allergic reactions. some hair dry brand names use words natural or herbal on their boxes but they can be deceiving. The only solution to know what’s really inside is to read the ingredients label. Common terms to look out for include:
  • phenylenediamine
  • paraphenylenediamine
  • PPD
  • PPDA
  • p-diaminobenzene
  • p-phenylenediamine
  • 4-phenylenediamine
  • 4-aminoaniline
  • 1,4-diaminobenzene
  • 1,4-benzenediamine
You should avoid them if you are allergic to PPD or usually black and dark brown hair colors contain high concenteration of PPD. Ammonia, resorcinol, and peroxide are the other ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction after using hair dye.

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