Hair dye horror: Girl's head swells up like a football following severe reaction to dye
Carmen Rowe was hospitalised for three days after using the Clairol 'Nice n' Easy' natural black color
Dye horror: Carmen was temporarily blinded when her face swelled up "like a football" following a severe reaction to hair dyeSWNS
A woman described today the horrifying moment she was temporarily blinded when her face swelled up "like a football" following a severe reaction to hair dye.
Carmen Rowe, 25, was hospitalized for three days after using the Clairol 'Nice n' Easy' natural black color.
She carried out a skin test 48 hours before using the dye without a problem and has been coloring her hair since she was 13-years-old.
But her face swelled up so much the following day she was completely blinded and was admitted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
She was eventually discharged after three days after the swelling was reduced with a combination of steroids and antibiotics.
But she was then re-admitted another four times in the following month after developing sores and further swelling.
Doctors eventually diagnosed an allergic reaction to the Paraphenylenediamine in the dye.
Carmen, of Swansea, said: "I woke up and my head was so swollen that I couldn't see. I was blind.
"I looked in the mirror and half of my face was swollen. It looked like half of my head had been pumped up like a football.
"I went straight to hospital and by the time I got there my head was swollen everywhere, even my ears were huge. The doctors admitted me immediately.
"The most disgusting thing is my head started to leak pus. I had to wrap my head in a towel, it was horrible and it smelt like a wet dog.
"I know children that have their hair dyed at 13 or 14 and it could be even worse for them."
Carmen bought the non ammonia '24 wash' hair dye from Asda for £3.80.
But she lost her job as a packer for a natural health products company because of the amount of time she took off following the incident over Christmas.
She said: "The whole situation was very stressful and made me a bit depressed. Christmas was ruined and I lost my job, all for the sake of a glamorous hair style.
"I just want to warn parents what could happen. It is an allergy that could develop at any time."
A spokeswoman for Clairol said: "We are sorry to hear about Carmen’s situation.
"Our consumers’ safety and well being is our absolute priority and we are keen to help Carmen however we can.
"Reactions to hair colorants can occur for a very small number of people, in the same way that some individuals can react to a variety of foods and natural substances.
"They are, in fact, far rarer than food allergies. Millions of people all over the world use hair colorants without experiencing any adverse effects.
"In the UK, around 100 million hair colorant applications are carried out every year in homes and salons.
"Hair colorants are one of the most thoroughly studied consumer products on the market and their safety is supported by a wealth of scientific research.
"Our Consumer Relations Department are able to give expert advice and support on the use of hair colorants and also provide access to dermatologists who can help them to understand their own skin-types and how they can best use hair coloring products."
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