Is Hair Glue Hazardous To Your Health?

    (BlackDoctor.org) — While many of today’s most common hair styling products have proven to at least be relatively harmless, particularly under the expert guidance of a hair professional, there are still some hair care items that demand particular care.

    What’s The Danger?

    Glue extensions, or double sided tape, are often used with popular lace wigs. Unfortunately, they can cause damage that is often permanent. The glue can block your scalp pores and damage your hair follicles as well as burn and dry out your hair. Heavy extensions pull on your scalp resulting in thinning hair. It is difficult to clean your scalp with glue extensions in it creating unhealthy hair. Sometimes hair extensions can cause headaches and bald spots.

    Hair bonding glue contains high concentrations of soluble latex antigen and may cause anaphylaxis without mucosal contact. Repeated glue exposure may potentially sensitize consumers. Physicians, cosmetologists, and latex-allergic patients should be aware of bonding glue-induced immunoglobulin E-mediated reactions associated with hair alterations.

    Probably because the products made from latex are increasing in number, reactions to latex have become more common. Latex is found in balloons, rubber bands, condoms, elastic bands, bathing suits, underwear, waistbands, and rubber toys. The reactions to these items go beyond contact dermatitis, and may cause asthma, or even anaphylactic shock.

    What Are the Symptoms?

    The most common symptom of dermatitis or scalp allergies is the appearance of red, itchy raised areas on the skin called hives that can be very small dots or large splotches. Acute hives arise quickly, and can last up to six weeks. Sometimes they appear in groups that fade as other groups develop. Hives near the eyes, lips, or genitals swell a great deal, and can be alarming, but usually go away in twenty-four hours. The most common causes of acute hives are: foods, medicines, insect bites, and sunlight. Chronic hives are much less common. They may linger as long as six weeks, and the cause may remain unknown.

    The effects of severe scalp allergies can be particularly troublesome because of the presence of hair over the lesions that must be cut to properly treat the scalp, or where the hair actually breaks off at the base, leaving bald spots. Most people are somewhat self-conscious about the appearance of their hair. A simple treatment that brings relief for any case of dermatitis is to bathe with a mild soap in cool to lukewarm water to relieve the itch. Sometimes an ultraviolet light, a sunlamp, or cortisone is recommended

    There have been several recent cases where women have had severe allergic reactions to hair bonding glue. A prime example of this type of reaction is where a 37-year-old woman developed systemic anaphylaxis upon repeated exposure to hair bonding glue. Skin tests to the glue and latex tests were positive. Antigen levels exceeded those reported in other natural rubber latex-dipped products.

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