How to avoid a reaction to ppd

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How to avoid a reaction to ppd
PPD causes skin irritation to the head, neck and face. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Paraphenylenediamine -- also known as PPD -- is a chemical element used in manufacturing temporary tattoo ink, rubber, gasoline and hair dye. If you are allergic and come into contact with PPD, chances are you will have a physical reaction. Minor allergies result in skin irritation and swelling of the eyes, while severe allergic reactions can include swelling of the airways and a sudden drop in blood pressure. Avoid a reaction to PPD by avoiding the allergy triggers.

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    Keep away from contact with chemicals that include PPD as an ingredient. Read all product labels if possible to be sure ingredients do not mention PPD. Avoid using black rubber and permanent hair dye, for example, and any hair colouring products that incorporate oxidation ingredients. Stay away from suntan lotion containing PPD. Refrain from peeling oranges -- a natural product that often contains PPD -- and request a friend or family member to do it for you.

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    Alert your dentist, surgeon and personal physician to your PPD allergy. Telling medical professionals about your affliction to PPD may prevent them from using benzocaine, procaine and similar anesthetics.

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    Wear gloves, smocks and face masks if you come into contact with PPD in an occupational or labour setting. Put on long sleeves and keep latex gloves on if you work at a copy centre, for instance, because toners, inks and photographic chemicals often contain traces of PPD.

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