When you're pregnant, you often feel like a whole host of restrictions are placed upon you. In addition to your clothes no longer fitting, you're constantly told: "Don't eat this!" or "Don't drink that!" The final frontier for moms who want to treat themselves is usually their hair. Unfortunately, one expectant mom had an extreme allergic reaction to her hair dye that almost cost her unborn son his life.
Jess Strachan, 30, had been coloring her hair for a decade without incident, but while pregnant she had an unbelievable reaction to hair dye that frighteningly could've caused her to miscarry. The anxious mom explained the situation to Metro UK:
"My hairdresser said it wasn't necessary for me to have a patch test done. Now I know this is not the case and a patch test should always be used, as an allergic reaction can build up over years," she said.
Who knew, right?
Pregnant woman left looking 'like a monster' after reaction to hair dye https://t.co/SSL0jRuiY3— Metro (@MetroUK) April 10, 2017
"The whole experience was absolutely terrifying," she told Metro UK. "My face had swollen so much that I looked like a monster, even my own husband couldn't look at me as he was utterly devastated ... my forehead was absolutely huge and incredibly painful to touch."
Naturally, her husband rushed her to the hospital. But, out of safety concerns for her unborn child, doctors refused to treat her.
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"I just broke down in tears and couldn't understand how they could just turn me away ... my head felt so tight and hot, I was in so much pain. I thought I was going to die," she told Metro UK.
This poor woman. I can't even imagine how frightening and uncomfortable this must've been for her.
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Days after getting her hair dyed, Strachan visited her primary care physician, who confirmed she'd experienced an allergic reaction to paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, a chemical commonly used in commercial hair dyes. After prescribing antihistamines, her doctor advised her against coloring her hair again during her pregnancy.
Thankfully, this mom went on to deliver a healthy baby boy, but, as her doctor warned her, if her reaction had been internal rather than external, she might have miscarried.
"When I heard those words I just burst into tears," she said. "I felt so guilty and scared for the safety of my baby."
We can't blame her for being so shaken up. No mom-to-be would knowingly put her unborn child in harm's way.
This definitely is something worth thinking about for expectant moms who get their hair dyed during pregnancy. While a test patch might seem like an inconvenience, it could save you from pain, discomfort, and, possibly, a devastating outcome.