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Numbness in the upper limb after patch testing a hair dye - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Last sunday I did a patch test for some hair dye garnier nutrisse hair colour ive never had problems with dye before as i usally have a hairdresss visit me but shes away. Ileft it on for 24 hours(I now know it should have been 48 hours) and the next day put it on my head. I felt fine,then wednesday (48 hours later) I get this tingling in my hands and feet (like pins and needles/numbness/ants crawling) later that night the whole of my right arm went numb for half an hour. I went to the doctor and asked if it could be a reaction and they dont seem to think so as notthing had broken out. Now I see these 2 marks on my arm tiny round circles one is more visable like a red and the other is like a fint blue which cant really be seen. Also my throat hurts slightly and I am worried if I allergic to ppd. I am on piritiz one a day I am wo worried. thanks for your time
User :   hi there
Doctor :   Let me read it
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   After going through your history ,
Doctor :   i too conclude that the problems you have are not due to the dye
User :   so not a reaction to ppd? what do you think it could be ?
Doctor :   No, not due to hair dye
User :   right
User :   thanks
User :   could it be nerve related ?
Doctor :   i consider that a detailed examination of the spots on your hand is needed to arrive at diagnosis
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   may be due to nerve problem
Doctor :   is the numbness still present
Doctor :   ?
User :   it feels like ants under my skn and my neck it a tad stiff
Doctor :   OK i do not think the sideeffects of the dye may persists for a week
Doctor :   its more acute
Doctor :   i would suggest to be examined by a neurologist
Doctor :   to know your condition better
User :   ok thank you
Doctor :   Is there anything i can hlp you with?
User :   you have been very helpful thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting , kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   bye for now
Doctor :   have nice time , take care
User :   will do
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