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Mum Scarred By Horrific Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye – Mistaken For Herpes



A MUM was left swollen, scabby and scared after a horrific allergic reaction to hair dye – which doctors thought was herpes.

Jessica Roy, 26, developed pus filled blisters in her hairline and on her head and neck after using “cheap black hair dye”.

Caters News Agency Jessica was left covered in a blistering rash after suffering an allergic reaction to hair dye

Her first reaction happened in June last year and left her covered in a blistering rash.

Five months later Jessica, from Ontario in Canada, suffered a second reaction after using another dye which left her struggling to breathe and feeling like her “head was on fire”.

Her reaction was so severe that simply washing her hair causes another flare-up that can leave her eyes swollen shut.

Each time she has a reaction Jessica needs urgent medical help.

Caters News Agency Jessica has suffered constant pain since her reactions

Caters News Agency Jessica believes her reaction was caused by using ‘cheap black hair dye’

Caters News Agency Her first reaction happened in June last year and since then she has dealt with several flare-ups

The student is now warning others to do a patch test before dying their hair.

“I am still suffering with the rash and blisters, they are not as bad as before but every time I wash my hair it flares up,” she said.

“I have scars all over my neck, eyes and anywhere it touched while washing my hair.

“I have become severely depressed from the amount of discomfort I am still in and embarrassed of how I look now.

Caters News Agency Jessica also suffers pain and flare-ups when she washes her hair

Caters News Agency Doctors initially thought Jessica’s rash was caused by herpes

Caters News Agency Her allergic reaction spread down her neck and all over her head

“Hair dye reactions are no joke and needs a lot more awareness, not one doctor even knew what it was.

“I was told to go to a doctor who prescribed a second type of antibiotics and even told me it was most likely not the hair dye but herpes.”

After being told she likely had herpes Jessica sought a second opinion.

Jessica had originally dismissed her first reaction thinking it was just because the product she used was cheap.

But in October she used a salon brand and suffered a worse reaction.

Caters News Agency The reactions cause her eyes to become swollen shut

“Within five minutes of having the dye on my hair my head was on fire, I immediately washed it off a couple of times,” she recalled.

“About one to two hours went by and my scalp was still burning and then itchy.

“I was breaking out in a rash and blisters all over my head, neck and my face too and my lymph nodes on both sides of my neck became inflamed and I had difficulty breathing.

“A few days went by and the blisters began to break, bleed and fill-up with yellow scabs, everything was getting so much worse, so I went to the hospital.”

Since then Jessica has barely been able to wash her hair because of the pain it causes.

Caters News Agency Jessica is now urging others to do patch tests before they dye their hair

Not only have the reaction affected her physically, but they have knocked her confidence too.

“I have lost tonnes of hair around my face along with the hair getting super thin,” she said.

“I suffer from depression and anxiety and the reaction actually made it worst to the point the doctor had to put me on medication and increase the dose.”

Caters News Agency Jessica, who has a five-year-old son, said her self confidence has also suffered as a result of the reactions

Gina Taro, an allergy specialist said up to 75 per cent of women in the US use hair dye and from them 6.5 per cent will suffer a reaction to one of the chemicals used in the dye.

“Reactions can present as anything from a red area to a very angry rash with blistering to open wounds that ooze,” she said.

“To throat swelling, eyes crusting shut and the risk of a compromised airway that can lead to death.”

Gina believes the hair dye reactions are caused by “cheap chemicals” used in many of the products.

Recurrent exposure worsens the reactions and, in Jessica’s case, she believes the chemicals from her first reaction caused long-term problems


Red Wine Health Benefits – Is A Glass Or Two A Day Really Good For You, Does It Contain Iron And Should I Drink It Before Bed?




FOR some, a glass of red wine is the ultimate tipple, and it shows no signs of losing popularity, as there have been numerous scientists gushing that the drink may actually carry health benefits.

But what are those benefits, and is it true? Here’s the lowdown.

Getty – Contributor Red wine is full of antioxidants that can prevent certain illnesses

Is a glass or two a day really good for you?

Obviously, everyone is aware that excess binge drinking is damaging to your health.

However, a small quantity of red wine has actually found to have health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, due to its antioxidants.

Recent research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has also indicated that the drink contains compound known as polyphenols that fight tooth decay and gum disease.

Also, researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that resveratrol in wine activates a protein that acts as an anti-aging agent, improving your life span.

Getty – Contributor Enjoying a glass or two in moderation can actually carry health benefits

Does it contain iron?

Iron is important to incorporate in a healthy diet, and is normally found in red meat, pulses, and vegetables.

Red wine contains tannins, which inhabit your body’s ability to absorb iron, so if you’re wanting to boost your intake, avoid pairing it iron rich foods.

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Beauty Therapist Warns Ingredient Found In Radox Muscle Soak ‘could Induce Early Labour’




A BEAUTY therapist is warning pregnant women to avoid using a popular brand of bath soap because it contains ingredients that could trigger early labour.

Hayley Wright claims Radox muscle soak contains an essential oil called clary sage, which is believed to increase childbirth hormone,oxytocin, in the body.

An ingredient found in Radox muscle soak is believed to induce labour

But the products makers, Unilever, insist the bath soak is safe for use and is “thoroughly assessed to ensure they meet our high quality and safety standards” before being sold.

Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally by the brain that plays a role in pain relief, childbirth and breastfeeding.

It is the hormone that helps trigger labour and speeds up contractions.

But there is no scientific evidence that clary sage stimulates oxytocin and therefore induces labour.

Getty – Contributor Clary sage, found in the muscle soak, is thought to increase oxytocin levels in the body, which can induce labour

Hayley posted the warning on her Facebook page, saying: “Clary Sage is an excellent pain killer but it should never be used during pregnancy especially during the first and second trimesters as it actually has the power to induce labour.

“There is not one warning label on this bottle that says ‘do not use during pregnancy’.

“I am going to report this to the company but in the mean time I’d appreciate people passing on this message to any pregnant ladies out there as this could cause some serious problems during pregnancy.”

Hayley added that she was not claiming the muscle soak alone would trigger early labour, just that it was something pregnant women should be aware of.

Not known, clear with picture desk Clary sage is an essential oil that is believed to induce labour, but there is no scientific evidence to suggest it works

A description of the bath soak on the products website says “aching muscles find relief in the enlivening mix of clary sage and sea minerals”.

Clary sage is an essential oil that is believed to have antiseptic, pain relieving properties.

It is commonly used as a natural remedy for inducing labour and also aiding the respiratory, muscular and uterine systems while a woman is giving birth.

Several websites suggest that clary sage can be used to induce labour through inhaling the essential oil either in a bowl of steaming water or sniffing it on cotton pads.

But it is not a recognised medical treatment and, as with all natural therapies, it should be treated with caution as it has not undergone the same scientific testing medicinal treatments have to undergo.

There are some scientific studies that acknowledge that clary sage has been linked to increasing levels of oxytocin in the body.

Getty – Contributor Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally by the brain that helps trigger labour and contractions

But they all conclude that there is no evidence to suggest it triggers labour.

And Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and clinical director of, agrees that the essential oil is highly unlikely to induce labour.

“Theoretically, it may increase oxytocin and stimulate contractions,” she told The Sun Online.

“But the studies are extremely limited and I certainly won’t be recommending it to my patients as a way to induce labour.”

Dr Jarvis said the muscle soak was unlikely to pose any risk to mums-to-be.

“If you wanted to be 100 per cent safe then it is probably worth avoiding,” she added.

Dr Jarvis said the theory behind clary sage inducing labour is that it might increase oxytocin levels in the body – the hormone that triggers childbirth.

“Oxytocin is produced during labour, or for induction of labour, and basically it increase contractions,” she said.

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Essential Oils In Soaps And Shampoos Could Be Giving You Man Boobs




BOYS, listen up – essential oils found in soaps and shampoos could be giving you man boobs.

Lavender oil and tea tree oil have hormone disrupting chemicals that mimic oestrogen and block testosterone, new research suggests.

Getty – Contributor Essential oils found in soaps and shampoos could be giving you man boobs

The oils are popular in different soaps, shampoos, lotions, hair styling products, cologne and laundry detergents.

They are also used in aromatherapy and alternative treatments including tea tree oil for acne or lavender oil for sleep problems.

But while they might smell nice it could be giving men an unwanted side effect – moobs.

Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, looked at eight chemicals found in lavender and tea tree oil and found all of them promoted the production of oestrogen and inhibiting testosterone.

Getty – Contributor High levels of oestrogen in the body can give you man boobs

Lead investigator J. Tyler Ramsey said: “Our society deems essential oils as safe.

“However, they possess a diverse amount of chemicals and should be used with caution because some of these chemicals are potential endocrine disruptors.”

He suggested the chemicals found in the oils were consistent with hormonal changes that could stimulate the growth of breasts in men.

“Lavender oil and tea tree oil pose potential environmental health concerns and should be investigated further,” he added.

Getty – Contributor The oils are popular in different soaps, shampoos, lotions, hair styling products, cologne and laundry detergents

But it is not just lavender and tea tree oil that contain hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Ramsey believes as many as 65 other oils could contain the chemicals, which requires further investigation.

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So you best check the ingredients of your soaps and shampoos before using them, boys.

Man boobs, or “moobs”, are usually caused by a medical condition called gynecomastia.

It can be caused by a hormone imbalance or a build up of fatty tissue around the breast area.

The most common hormone imbalance that causes moobs is too much oestrogen.

Getty – Contributor High levels of oestrogen in a man’s body can also lead to erectile dysfunction

High levels of oestrogen in men can also lead to a reduced sex drive and impotence.

That’s because the hormone starts to outweigh testosterone, the male sex hormone.

Testosterone is responsible for a man’s libido, muscle mass, sperm production and keeps the tissue in the penis in working order.

Men with low testosterone levels often experience erectile dysfunction, which can also lead to a range of other illnesses including depression and anxiety.

A healthy balance of oestrogen and testosterone levels in the body is required for a man to get and maintain an erection.

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