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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Aug;27(8):745-6. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318226df18.

Contact dermatitis with severe scalp swelling and upper airway compromise due to black henna hair dye.

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Pediatric Emergency Department, Ben-Gurion University, Be'er-Sheva, Israel.


Temporary tattooing with black henna is known to cause contact dermatitis; however, this adverse effect is not considered to be life threatening. We report a female adolescent who used black henna as a hair dye and developed severe contact dermatitis with scalp, facial, and neck swelling causing hoarseness and stridor. A flexible bronchoscopy showed a normal epiglottis, and the patient was intubated, ventilated, and eventually recovered. We conclude that the use of black henna hair dye in sensitized patients can be life threatening.

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