A sad PPD story

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Posted by samantha on October 19, 2002 at 17:30:15:

Today in the shop i henna in a family came in to look around. They
noticed the henna table where i work from (i was having a cup of tea
at the time - how british - and not at my table. I heard them say to
their young daughter (about 8 - 10 yrs old)

'You can't have henna you are alergic to it'

Of course my PPD alarm bells went off and asked why they thought that
their daughter was alergic to henna. Thier tale of sadness follows.

They went to Turkey two years ago and thought it would be real nice
for their daughter to have a henna tattoo. Unfortunatly she reacted
with the usual blisters and ichyness and subsequently scarred. I got
out my BHW booklet and showed them the pictures in it and asked if
her tattoo had turned out like the pictures. they looked realy
suprised and said that it did. I explained to them about BH and how
it workes and told them that unadulterated henna is fine.

Then then told me that this little girl has been back and forth to
the doctor for two years now as she keeps getting hives and blisters
on her body, her eyes swell, her asthma is bad, her excema flares
uncontrolably and she is generally unwell a lot of the time.

I have never met anyone with what i perceive to be a serious
hypersensitivity to PPD (or related chemicals)in clothes.

I told them that i feel that she has now developed such a
hypersensitivity to PPD or related chemicals that is she comes into
contact with anything with PPD in it she will break out in a reaction.

Something seam to click with the parents. They said for two years the
doctor has been baffled and has had no answer to what was causing
this little girl so many problems, And now maybe they can go to the
doctor and tell him what they have learnt from me.

I wrote a note to the doctor saying that the girl had a severe
contact dermatitis/allergic reaction to the chemical called PPD (yes
i put the proper word in) and it is my thoughts that she is now so
sensitive it that her ongoing problems are possibly caused by contact
with clothes dyed with PPD and that she should be tested for

The parents were shocked when i told them that if this is the case
EVERYTHING that she wears has to be checked for PPD otherwise her
problems will be ongoing.

The parents were very grateful to me and they asked me to pass on
their thanks to the members of the forum for the information. They
are taking her to the doctor this coming week and will phone them on
friday to see what the doctor said.

A question for CCJ from her parents

How on earth can you tell if clothing has been dyed with PPD. They do
not come with lables of ingredients like food and it would be
impossible to contact every clothing manufacturer to ask.... what can
they do?

I'll keep you posted



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