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The p-Phenylendiamine Scare: Is Every Hair Dye Horror Story Reported?

by | 20th, November 2011

THE Sun reports on Julie McCabe, a 38-year-old mother. She’s in a coma. Before falling ill she dyed her hair. Are the two things linked? The paper”s headline states:

‘Brain damage after mum used hair dye’

Robin Perrie reports:

Julie McCabe, 38, is on a life support machine after suffering a massive allergic reaction to the L’Oreal dye. She struggled to breathe and then suffered a heart attack within minutes of applying it.

Bloody hell! We’ve read about hair dye before. The Mail reported on Tabatha McCourt, who died. She had dyed her hit. The Mail asked:

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

We do not know for certain why Miss McCourt fell ill and died. But the paper did write:

…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.

No results have been reported. But the story on killer PPD is out there.

Says Julie McCabe’s father Keith Miller:

“She finished dyeing her hair and said ‘I don’t feel well, I can’t breathe’, to her husband. He rushed her to hospital and her heart stopped beating on the way. She is in a coma. We’ve spoken to the doctors and they have more or less said to us the condition she is in now is most likely how she will stay. They are not giving us much hope, it’s hard to take in. She’s 38, she’s very fit, she’s not overweight. She was quite active, looked after herself, she was a bubbly character, quite a strong person. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody. It is unbelievable.”

It’s terrible. But we do not know why she is ill. Medics art Airedale General Hospital, in Keighley, West Yorkshire, will be checking all manner of reasons and possible underlying causes and conditions.

Perrie adds:

…experts believe she may have developed an allergy to one of the chemicals in the product because of repeated exposure to it.

Believe. May. Such are the facts.

The family have been in touch with Brian Plunkett, a hair and scalp specialist, who believes she may have developed an allergy to a chemical called para-phenylenediamine (PPD).


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