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

Arnon Broides, Shaul Sofer, Isaac Lazar

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-746
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Henna
  • contact dermatitis
  • paraphenylenediamine
  • upper airway

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