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Burnt and broken hair, and sensitive burnt scalp may be symptoms of your hair smoothing treatment

Dr. O'Donoghue was quoted in an article on WWSB MySuncoast

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Alix Redmonde

Hair products can contain a tremendous number of chemicals in them.

Sarasota dermatologist, J Morgan O'Donoghue, M.D. said chemicals in these products can cause a number of health risks. "An airborne or an irritant reaction which can cause wheezing, dry eyes, irritated eyes, even headaches."

Be cautious of certain products says Fred Romano of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota because they may contain ingredients hazardous to your health causing these symptoms and others."Sometimes pain, shortness of breath, just wheezing, difficulty catching your breath." He explained why some of us have such reactions to these hair products. "Anything that's artificial doesn't exactly work well with the body especially with some of these, I think they do use formaldehyde."

Yes, formaldehyde is in some hair straightening and smoothing treatments, and there may be other reactions to direct contact with some products.

"A red, itchy, scaly rash usually in the areas where the product is being used or close to those areas" Said Dr. O'Donoghue may be symptoms of dermatitis. And, you can also develop an irritating, red, scaly rash from sensitivity to overuse. "If the dermatitis is severe enough or chronic enough, that can lead to a deeper process and ultimately lead to a burn like rash or a scar." he concluded.

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