Severe allergy to hair dye


Q: I am haveing a sever reaction to hair dye. i went to the e.r. yesterday with weeping scalp, hives and a swollen head. to the point that my eyes were nearly shu. i was given inrveinious drugs at the hospitol wich have eased the hives and weeping. i was given a prescription for methlprednisolone. today is my first day of the prescription. do you have any advise or can you tell me how long to expect the swelling to last.


A:   The mainstay of allergy treatment is with anti-histamines and anti-inflammatories, usually in the form of steroid. The first step should be discontinued use of the hair dye and avoidance of this product in the future. Regular anti-histamines together with a cold compress may help to reduce the swelling, which should resolve over time. It is difficult to predict the duration of the swelling, but with the steroid injection, oral steroid and oral antihistamine you should see a marked improvement over the next few days.

Related Q&A

Q: I have regular steaching of one side jaw in my mouth .but do not have any pain whats the reason

Q: Red pimples scattered on top of my foot? I had alopecia and took steroid injections to my head for 1 year.

Q: When I eat/use items containing Vitamin E I get a rash on the inside of my elbow. The skin becomes reddish and there ...

Q: I need help, I'm unable to sneeze , usually I sneeze regularly now I feel the sensation and desire to do it but somet...

Q: I broke out in red rashes all over my body except for my face and my knees to my ankles. I have been using prednozone...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon