Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye; Reddit User Posts Photos Of Head Swelling To Twice Its Size [PHOTOS]

on February 8, 2013 3:46 PM EST

Sometimes vanity can give you a big head, but usually not in the literal sense.

A teenage boy is becoming a viral sensation after pictures of his allergic reaction to hair dye were posted to the online social news website Reddit. The photos go from a day-by-day montage of the teenage boy's head swelling to almost twice its normal size. The swelling was caused by an allergic reaction to the hair dye's use of para-phenylenediamine. According to the New Zealand Dermatological Society, reaction caused by the use of hair dye in mild cases usually only involves dermatitis to the upper eyelids or the rims of the ears. In more severe cases, there may be marked reddening and swelling of the scalp and the face. The eyelids may completely close and the allergic contact dermatitis reaction may become widespread. Here's a look at his allergic reaction to hair dye.

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Looking good, right? (Photo: Imgur)
Looking good, right? (Photo: Imgur)
Uh-oh ... maybe not so good. (Photo: imgur)
Uh-oh ... maybe not so good. (Photo: imgur)
Things couldn't possibly get much worse than this  ... (Photo: Imgur)
"Things couldn't possibly get much worse than this ... " (Photo: Imgur)
... oh, wait. Yes they could. I'm a monster!
... oh, wait. Yes they could. I'm a monster!" (Photo: Imgur)


Reddit users are greeting the picture with a mix of sympathy and mockery.

"Dude went from LOL to FML," writes user USokhi.

"If you go through it backwards, he gets happier, and his head goes back to normal," writes SubAtomicPlayboy.

"Don't feel bad. Literally every single box of hair dye begins their instruction manual with a huge, bold sentence telling you to do an allergy test 24 hours before dying your hair.

"Clearly someone thinks they're too cool for allergic reactions. He deserves a few giggles, at the very least," writes mswench.

One user who knows the anonymous teen who had the allergic reaction to hair dye, and was told that although his head swelled to almost twice its size the teenage boy wasn't in any pain.

"I know him IRL. He's doing good now, the swelling is pretty much almost gone. Told me it looked worse than it felt but it without a doubt, sucked," wrote Reddit user Cougor.

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