This Parisian student almost died after a severe allergic reaction to a chemical found in at-home hair dyes.
PPD is a chemical found in most hair dyes, but for some people, it can cause a severe allergic reaction with the potential to be life threatening. Estelle, a Parisian student who purchased an at-home dye kit from the supermarket, discovered just how dangerous such a reaction can be.
A Nearly Fatal Mistake
Estelle completed a patch test of the product, but rather than waiting the recommended 48 hours, she waited just 30 minutes before proceeding with the application The Daily Mail reports. Sharing the horrifying results of her dye job online, Estelle recounts how she immediately noticed swelling, and when she woke in the morning, her head measured 63cm, significantly bigger than the average 56cm. “I could not breathe, I had a light bulb head,” she said. The ingredient is needed to ensure the permanency of colour, especially the dark shade Estelle was applying, but given that most people are unaware that they have an allergy, proper patch testing to required to avoid a severe reaction.
A Warning to Others
Estelle ended up being rushed to the emergency room where she was given an injection of adrenaline and kept for observation overnight. She acknowledges that she made a mistake by incorrectly conducting her patch test and is determined to warn others about the potential dangers of PPD. “I almost died, I do not want it to happen to others,” she told French paper Le Parisien.
Estelle’s story highlights the importance of checking the ingredients in all the products you put on your skin – even if you don’t have a known allergy, it’s always a good idea to patch test first just to be sure. It could save your life.
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