Clients had a reaction- HELP PLEASE!!

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Posted by Lauren on September 6, 2002 at 02:18:35:

I just got this email:

"My friends and I got henna tatoos from you about 2 weeks ago, and a
few days after we all got a rash, little red, itchy bumps that sort
of looked like bug bites. I was wondering if we possibly had an
allergic reaction to the henna, or if there was a problem with that
particular henna that had a bad reaction with our skin."

I don't remember exactly who these folks are, but I suspect it was a
bunch of teenagers from a medium-sized street fair. I used the exact
same batch of paste on myself and several other people, some of whom
I saw the next day with no reaction. I'm at a loss as to what could
make a bunch of people all react the same way if it wouldn't make
everyone or mostly everyone who got it react the same way. Also, the
time delay thing is odd, I think.
It was a cool day, sometimes rainy. The henna was applied in
cellophane cone. It was made of my Kimia, and either lemon or lime
juice, eucalyptus or cajeput oils, and honey or coca-cola. I only
used a teeny bit of Coke in the batch I used it in at all for fear of
caffeine reactions, but of course I don't remember if it was in the
batch I used on these people.
Maybe they all did something afterwards that caused the rash? I
don't know, maybe dyed their hair or something and the dye got on the
hennaed area? If it's the folks I remember, it was all hips and
lower backs. I don't know what to tell them. I'm certain it wasn't
my fault but I do want to help, and if there's something I can add to
my aftercare sheet to prevent it happening again, I will.
I wrote them (but have not heard back) to ask what the rash felt
like, how long it lasted, and what else they had all done, and
hopefully that will give me some clues.


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