Body itching all over!!

Body itching all over!!

Joined: September 12th, 2011, 11:28 am

September 12th, 2011, 11:48 am #1

I've been dying my hair black now for the past three years. I've always used loreal professional brand from Sallys beauty supply. But the last time I dyed my hair at home, I noticed my scalp broke out and was itchy all over. But I assumed I had just become distracted and left my dye on too long. So this time I went to my hair dresser and let her dye it, letting her know about my last incident and to make sure we didn't leave it on too long. She assured me that the black dye she uses was for sensitive skin, and she even added some Sweet & Low sweetener to the dye mix because she said it somehow helps sensitive skin. Long story short, besides a slight tingling, everything went smoothly until about 5 hours later, when I felt swelling around my ears and neck. I also felt an intense "heat" around my ears, almost like someone was holding a blow dryer to them! Then the weeping of my scalp came, followed by the intense itching. I immediately took an antihistamine, washed my hair with a neutralizing shampoo to get out any left over dye, then waited for my hair to dry a little, then parted it inch by inch and applied hydrocortisone cream to the weeping bumps on my scalp. Then I had to stay in bed for the whole day since the antihistamine made me so drowsy.

But NOW, even though my scalp feels a lot better (weeping has stopped and dried, swelling gone), now my entire body is itching ferociously! My arms, back, feet, stomach, toes, even in between my fingers as I type this. The only places that don't itch are my face and my scalp (oddly enough). I've taken 2 cold showers to keep the burning down, slathered myself in benedryl cream, hydrocortisone, and calamine lotion. But the itching refuses to subside. I'll probably end up missing work today too. Is this all over body itching normal fir this type of allergy? And if so, what can I do to relieve the itching? Please help!!
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Joined: August 3rd, 2011, 2:34 pm

September 12th, 2011, 12:11 pm #2

So sorry to hear you are suffering badly Lacey.
Im no expert (and probably no help to you)but would suggest if you can to go and see a Dr as it must be driving you insane. Antihistamines may also help.

Im intrigued what you said about the hairdresser "she even added some Sweet & Low sweetener to the dye mix because she said it somehow helps sensitive skin" I have never heard of this before? Has anyone else??
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Joined: September 24th, 2010, 1:34 am

September 12th, 2011, 4:08 pm #3

Yes, I've heard of this and Equal. Some stylists use it because it allegedly helps reduce irritation/itching (like from ammonia) WHILE THE PRODUCT IS ON THE SCALP. And even then it doesn't always work. Regardless, it does NOT help with allergies like PPD and won't prevent any reactions later like Lacey had.

I've always wondered who was the first to think, "Let's add Sweet N Low and see if that helps"????

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September 12th, 2011, 4:11 pm #4

Lacy, you probably should call a doctor to get something stronger. In the meantime, my dermatologist told me that Zyrtec seems to work better for systemic reactions than other OTC allergy meds. I've taken it for PPD reaction and when I reacted to the iodine dye after a CAT scan, and it helped a great deal both times. I had an all-over body rash from the iodine and it cleared up in two days with Zyrtec. It makes you drowsy so, though I take it at night if I can. Hope that helps.

Jeanne
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September 13th, 2011, 10:58 pm #5

I've been dying my hair black now for the past three years. I've always used loreal professional brand from Sallys beauty supply. But the last time I dyed my hair at home, I noticed my scalp broke out and was itchy all over. But I assumed I had just become distracted and left my dye on too long. So this time I went to my hair dresser and let her dye it, letting her know about my last incident and to make sure we didn't leave it on too long. She assured me that the black dye she uses was for sensitive skin, and she even added some Sweet & Low sweetener to the dye mix because she said it somehow helps sensitive skin. Long story short, besides a slight tingling, everything went smoothly until about 5 hours later, when I felt swelling around my ears and neck. I also felt an intense "heat" around my ears, almost like someone was holding a blow dryer to them! Then the weeping of my scalp came, followed by the intense itching. I immediately took an antihistamine, washed my hair with a neutralizing shampoo to get out any left over dye, then waited for my hair to dry a little, then parted it inch by inch and applied hydrocortisone cream to the weeping bumps on my scalp. Then I had to stay in bed for the whole day since the antihistamine made me so drowsy.

But NOW, even though my scalp feels a lot better (weeping has stopped and dried, swelling gone), now my entire body is itching ferociously! My arms, back, feet, stomach, toes, even in between my fingers as I type this. The only places that don't itch are my face and my scalp (oddly enough). I've taken 2 cold showers to keep the burning down, slathered myself in benedryl cream, hydrocortisone, and calamine lotion. But the itching refuses to subside. I'll probably end up missing work today too. Is this all over body itching normal fir this type of allergy? And if so, what can I do to relieve the itching? Please help!!
Wow....that was one horrible reaction. Reactions can last days to months.My last (and I do mean LAST) reaction lasted two and a half months. It ended last week. I agree with everyone here that you should see of Doctor. Hopefully he or she will understand this type of reaction. They don't all know (believe me). There are many topical cortisone creams and lotions. Sometimes they work; sometime they don't. Most are pricey...I have a drawer full of them! I found that old fashioned Listerine gave me some relief as a topical anti-itch. It didn't last long but even a few minutes itch free is nice.

The Zyrtec thing does help. But I agree that you should take it before bed cause it does zonk you out. It reduces the itching. The "poison" has to work it's way out of your body - and you have to figure out how to be comfotable while this happens.

My stylist did the Sweet & Low thing. It doesn't work. I wonder if that's salon-mythology. (Gina would know). Foiling doesn't work either.

Good luck. Stay on this board. Lots of good helpful advice and people who care.
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Joined: August 24th, 2008, 3:48 pm

September 17th, 2011, 10:49 pm #6

I've been dying my hair black now for the past three years. I've always used loreal professional brand from Sallys beauty supply. But the last time I dyed my hair at home, I noticed my scalp broke out and was itchy all over. But I assumed I had just become distracted and left my dye on too long. So this time I went to my hair dresser and let her dye it, letting her know about my last incident and to make sure we didn't leave it on too long. She assured me that the black dye she uses was for sensitive skin, and she even added some Sweet & Low sweetener to the dye mix because she said it somehow helps sensitive skin. Long story short, besides a slight tingling, everything went smoothly until about 5 hours later, when I felt swelling around my ears and neck. I also felt an intense "heat" around my ears, almost like someone was holding a blow dryer to them! Then the weeping of my scalp came, followed by the intense itching. I immediately took an antihistamine, washed my hair with a neutralizing shampoo to get out any left over dye, then waited for my hair to dry a little, then parted it inch by inch and applied hydrocortisone cream to the weeping bumps on my scalp. Then I had to stay in bed for the whole day since the antihistamine made me so drowsy.

But NOW, even though my scalp feels a lot better (weeping has stopped and dried, swelling gone), now my entire body is itching ferociously! My arms, back, feet, stomach, toes, even in between my fingers as I type this. The only places that don't itch are my face and my scalp (oddly enough). I've taken 2 cold showers to keep the burning down, slathered myself in benedryl cream, hydrocortisone, and calamine lotion. But the itching refuses to subside. I'll probably end up missing work today too. Is this all over body itching normal fir this type of allergy? And if so, what can I do to relieve the itching? Please help!!
Just a weird thing, that Sweet and Low addition. I work in a building that has another salon in it that caters to older clients, and the owner is 76 years old. She said that is an OLD trick. It comes and goes, depending on who is trying it out. She said it never worked, by the way. There is NO barrier in the world that will protect you from PPD, or PTD hair color.

Gina
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September 13th, 2012, 3:33 pm #7

I've been dying my hair black now for the past three years. I've always used loreal professional brand from Sallys beauty supply. But the last time I dyed my hair at home, I noticed my scalp broke out and was itchy all over. But I assumed I had just become distracted and left my dye on too long. So this time I went to my hair dresser and let her dye it, letting her know about my last incident and to make sure we didn't leave it on too long. She assured me that the black dye she uses was for sensitive skin, and she even added some Sweet & Low sweetener to the dye mix because she said it somehow helps sensitive skin. Long story short, besides a slight tingling, everything went smoothly until about 5 hours later, when I felt swelling around my ears and neck. I also felt an intense "heat" around my ears, almost like someone was holding a blow dryer to them! Then the weeping of my scalp came, followed by the intense itching. I immediately took an antihistamine, washed my hair with a neutralizing shampoo to get out any left over dye, then waited for my hair to dry a little, then parted it inch by inch and applied hydrocortisone cream to the weeping bumps on my scalp. Then I had to stay in bed for the whole day since the antihistamine made me so drowsy.

But NOW, even though my scalp feels a lot better (weeping has stopped and dried, swelling gone), now my entire body is itching ferociously! My arms, back, feet, stomach, toes, even in between my fingers as I type this. The only places that don't itch are my face and my scalp (oddly enough). I've taken 2 cold showers to keep the burning down, slathered myself in benedryl cream, hydrocortisone, and calamine lotion. But the itching refuses to subside. I'll probably end up missing work today too. Is this all over body itching normal fir this type of allergy? And if so, what can I do to relieve the itching? Please help!!
I AM DYING OF THIS ITCH ... I HAVE SEEN AT LEAST 5 DIFFERENT DOCTORS DID EVERY TEST KNOWN TO MEDICINE ONLY TO FINE OUT 6 MONTHS LATER THAT IT COULD BE MY HAIR DYE.
ON TOP OF ALL OF THIS I AM DOING A DETOX AND I HAVE DEVELOPE ALLERGIES TO ANYTHING THAT FERMENTS I CANNOT EAT JUST ANYTHING OR USE JUST ANYTHING UNTIL "THE TOXINS HAVE WORKED IT'S WAY OUT" I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS... I USE THE SAME DYE FOR 12 YEARS. I'M STARVING.I LOST 12 POUNDS AND I STILL AM NOT BETTER. BECAUSE NO ONE TOLD ME THIS BEFORE HAND I HAD DYED MY HAIR TWICE MORE SINCE I GOT SICK.

HELP!!!!
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Joined: September 24th, 2010, 1:34 am

September 14th, 2012, 10:42 am #8

Take a deep breath--it WILL get better! Have your doctors given you prednisone? That should help if you cna tolerate it.

I have also found that tumeric (a spice used in a lot of Indian foods)helps a LOT. I mix 1tsp (start with less and build up) into 1/2 cup warm water and drink it. Add a few drops of milk thistle if you'd like. It tastes terrible but just for a minute. It's not spicy, more chalky. Do this two times a day. It is anti-inflammatory and helped me more than meds when I had my reaction.
Good luck and hang in there.
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Joined: September 13th, 2012, 3:23 pm

September 14th, 2012, 1:28 pm #9

THANK YOU SO MUCH,
UP UNTIL NOW I HAVE CRIED MY EYES OUT THINKING THAT I WAS THE ONLY ONE SUFFERING.
YES THE DERMATOLOGIST HAD GIVEN ME THOSE UNFORTUNATELY MY SYSTEM COULD NOT HANDLE IT NO MEDICATION HAS HELPED ME FOR FAR.
YOU HAVE GIVEN ME SOME HOPE THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO EAT MY FAVORITE FOODS AGAIN (WILL I)???
IS IT RAW TUMERIC THAT YOU CAN GRATE INTO THE WATER?
MY HOMEOPATHIC GUY TOLD ME NOT TO USE MILK THISTLE ...YET HE CAN'T TELL ME WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.
I WILL TRY YOUR REMEMDY AND LET YOU KNOW HOW IT'S GOING... YOU'RE AN ANGEL.

ANNMARIE

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September 15th, 2012, 6:09 am #10

You can buy turmeric powder at most grocery stores in the spice section. You can also do capsules but the powder works faster and is more effective. You can skip the milk thistle, the turmeric is what is most important. Give it a week or two and hang in there.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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