Alice, from New York, writes that she suffered serious injury within an hour of coloring her hair. Her injuries included, "Scalp burns, blotches on [my] face, scabs on [my] scalp, severe burning, incessant itching, facial burns [and] scalp sores."
Problems with hair dyes are not new but they can be traumatic. Joyce, from Indiana, writes, "Upon dying [my] hair, the scalp was burnt and bleeding, and the face, eyes and neck swelled up." Furthermore, she writes that she suffered burns on her neck and shoulders, her eyes swelled shut and blood coming from her scalp, resulting in 2 trips to the ER.
According to the FDA, some problems reported from hair dyes include hair loss, burning, redness, itchy or raw skin, swelling in the face and trouble breathing. Sometimes, the issue is an allergic reaction, and the FDA warns that such a reaction can occur even after years of using a hair dye product.
Some lawsuits have been filed against hair dye makers, alleging their product caused women to permanently lose their hair. In 2006, a lawsuit was filed against Procter & Gamble, alleging that Clairol "Nice 'n Easy" hair dye left the plaintiff with chemical burns on her scalp and caused her hair to fall out.
Hair dye chemical burns do not just happen at home. In fact, lawsuits have been filed against salons alleging that clients suffered chemical burns during hair dye treatments. In 2008, a woman filed a $12,000 lawsuit, alleging she suffered a severe chemical burn to her scalp. Her lawsuit seeks expenses for medical care as well as damages for physical and mental pain and suffering.
In fact, any chemicals around the scalp and face can cause damage, not just hair dyes. Some women use hair relaxers, to straighten their hair. Unfortunately, this can also result in injury as one woman found out. Cloria writes that after putting the relaxer on her hair, her head became hot. She had used the product before and says she had never experienced this. "My hair started coming out, I was devastated."
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Chemical burns can be incredibly painful and can have severe consequences for victims. They can take a long time to heal, putting patients at risk for infections. The recovery can be expensive, requiring various medicines, including steroids, to heal the burns and creams to stop the pain. Of course, there is also the emotional impact associated with such chemical burns. The scarring of the head and face can be emotionally traumatic for a person, leading to depression and anxiety.
In cases where a defective product has caused personal injury, it is possible to file a lawsuit to hold the company accountable for putting a defective product on the market.