Girl left with head twice its normal size after bad reaction to hair dye

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Chloe Robins, aged 14 from Swaythling in Southampton was rushed to hospital after her mother used a home dying kit to colour her hair for Halloween. The teenager experienced an itchy scalp after using the semi permanent black dye, which contains chemical para-phenylenediamine (PPD). But less than 48 hours later her head and neck swelled to twice their normal size, her head was oozing yellow pus and she was violently sick and struggling to breathe.

Chloe wanted to dye her hair as part of her Halloween zombie costume.  Her mother did the patch and strand test and there was no reaction so they applied the dye to her hair.  The dye was applied on Saturday night and Chloe started reacting on Sunday morning.  By Monday she was unrecognisable.

Chloe's reaction comes just weeks after 17 year Tabatha McCourt died following a violent fit which struck her 20 minutes after colouring her hair.

Chloe's mother advised that the doctors who treated her daughter told her it was a common problem and that the product should be taken off the shelves.  The actual brand of hair dye has not been revealed because of legal proceedings against the company, however I understand it is a major high street brand.

PPD can be described as dangerous and can cause uncomfortable dermatitis. A ban is now being called, or at least a restriction, on products containing PPD.

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