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If you have seasonal allergies to pollen, grass, mold, will

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If you have seasonal allergies to pollen, grass, mold, will using organic hair dyes (plant based) trigger an allergic reaction?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 9 months ago.
Hello from JA
There is not a specific reason that is should.

Have you had a reaction

What is the situation?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I did not react the first time. The second time, I got hives on the nape of my neck about two hours later. The third time, I got the same reaction, but not until a day later. I do have allergies to chemical hair dyes.
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 9 months ago.
OK
So yes you can have an allergic reaction; the fact that it happened after sensitization makes this more likely.

Even if the dye is natural, it can still be processed into a synthetic compound. There can be cross reactivity with other chemical dyes and with natural compounds.
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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
This product is "guaranteed to be chemical free", which is why I tried it. It had been 15 years since I had the reaction to chemical dyes, so i stopped coloring my hair. I was wondering if it might be caused by my seasonal allergies be active. The pollen and tree mold has been unbelievable in my area this year.
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 9 months ago.
It can be.
It can also be cross reactivity with the dye.
Stop the dye and see.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Sorry, one last question. What does cross reactivity mean?
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 9 months ago.
That a potential allergen in one substance is active because you are allergic to a similar allergen in another substance.

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