Anorak | Scare Story: Turning Tabatha McCourt’s Death Into A Daily Mail Hair Dye Horror

Scare Story: Turning Tabatha McCourt’s Death Into A Daily Mail Hair Dye Horror

by | 20th, October 2011

LEAH Hardy has question concerning the death of Tabatha McCourt:

Does YOUR hair dye contain the chemical feared to have killed this woman?

Hardy tells Daily Mail readers

Like many teenagers, 17-year-old Tabatha McCourt loved to experiment with her hair colour. And when she decided to try a new darker shade one evening with friends, she assumed her home hair-dye was perfectly safe.
But within 20 minutes of applying the colour, she was screaming in agony. She then suffered what looked like a fit and collapsed ‘like a lifeless doll’.

Terrible stuff. Time to check the stuff in your hair dye to see if it’s the same stuff the killed Miss McCourt:

Tabatha was rushed to hospital and later died. The exact cause of her death is not known…

But what about that killer hair dye?

…but medics are investigating whether it might have been due to a severe allergic reaction to a chemical used in 99 per cent of all hair-dyes: PPD or p-Phenylendiamine.

Did you see that? Ninety- per cent of all hair dyes contain a chemical that was in the hair dye Tabatha McCourt put on her hair.

According to the US Environmental Agency:

Acute exposure to high levels of p-phenylenediamine may cause severe dermatitis, eye irritation and tearing, asthma, gastritis, renal failure, vertigo, tremors, convulsions, and coma in humans.

The New Zealand Dermatalogical Society notes:

Reaction caused by the use of hair dye in mild cases usually only involves dermatitis to the upper eyelids or the rims of the ears. In more severe cases, there may be marked reddening and swelling of the scalp and the face. The eyelids may completely close and the allergic contact dermatitis reaction may become widespread. Severe allergy to PPD can result in contact urticaria and rarely, anaphylaxis.

Neither organisation mention the possibility of death. But we do learn that products containing the stuff carry health warnings, mainly to test the chemical on small patch of skin first.

The Mail continues:

This chemical fixes dye permanently into the hair so it doesn’t wash out —  and it is causing increasing concern,  with some experts now calling for an outright ban.

Experts with facts?

Apparently it causes 80 per cent of allergic reactions to hair-dye,  including dermatitis, according to the European Scientific Committee for Consumer Products.

That site says:

It is subjected to the following “conditions of use and warnings which must be printed on the label”:
a) for general use: Can cause an allergic reaction. Contains phenylenediamines. Do not use to dye eyelashes or eyebrows.
b) for professional use: For professional use only. Contains phenylenediamines. Can cause an allergic reaction. Wear suitable gloves.

The lcoal Aidre and Coatbridge Advertiser makes no refernce to the ahir dye. We just elasn that polcie are investigating.

A postmortem examination was scheuled to be carried out on 19 October.

The Mirror and Guardian hear from one expert:

Emma Meredith, head of scientific research at the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association,

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