Allergies occur in about one out of four individuals in the UK, and this number is rising even as we speak. And whilst most allergies and allergic reactions may be caused by certain types of food, pollen, mould, and pet dander, some allergies can also be the result of chemicals and dyes often used in beauty treatments.
Allergies caused by beauty treatments have become increasingly common due to the fact that there are more and more beauty salons and centres nowadays, and not many of them have technicians who are actually properly trained. Many technicians and so-called beauty specialists are often ignorant or negligent about certain procedures, and this can result in beauty treatment allergies. If you have suffered an allergy because of a specific beauty treatment, then you may have every right to demand compensation.
The basics on allergies
Allergies are caused by allergens, which are substances which cause the immune system of your body to react and produce specific antibodies to fight it. Once your body tries to fight these allergens, you will often develop an allergy – a sensitivity to the specific allergen. This is where your body produces an antibody called IgE, or Immunoglobin E so it can fight or get rid of the allergen. Every time you come in contact that with specific allergen, your body will produce IgE.
Symptoms of allergies and allergic reactions
The reaction of a person to an allergen will vary, with some cases being quite minor to some being more severe. The most common symptoms of allergic reactions include sneezing, a runny nose, and red, itchy eyes. Some people even develop asthma or display signs of difficulty breathing.
In beauty treatments, people often experience an allergic symptom such as a rash on the skin, itchy skin, red, patchy flesh, and even swelling which can affect the eyes, mouth, and face. In more serious cases, a person can develop atopic eczema, which is where the skin can become exceedingly dry, cracked, and red. Those who are exposed to and come in direct contact with certain ingredients found in cosmetics, soaps, and hair dyes can also develop another form of eczema called contact dermatitis.
What to do
If you have suffered an allergic reaction to a beauty treatment procedure through no fault of your own (for instance, the specialist neglected to ask you if you were allergic to any chemical or element and did not perform a patch test), then you can seek compensation. You can consult with a solicitor who specialises in beauty treatment claims, who often work on a No Win, No Fee basis. They can give you the right advice on what steps to take so you can receive the beauty treatment compensation you deserve.