The Drs: Big Poppa-Tart Donut
The Doctors pulled out the “Big Poppa-Tart Donut” from San Diego’s Donut Bar. The donut itself contains more than 750 calories and they make three different types: strawberry, blueberry, and s’mores. The donut itself weighs a pound and an entire Pop Tart is baked inside.
Santiago Campa, owner of the Donut Bar, said he put it together. The Doctors took bites of the donuts and Santiago explained that you should probably split it in half, rather than eat the whole thing yourself.
I know I would dig right in, but would you? Do you think you could eat the whole thing?
The Drs: Death By Hair Dye
The Doctors wanted to move on to talk about hair dye, explaining that a woman in the U.K. was killed by her own hair dye. The woman visited her doctor 20 times between 2005 and 2011, complaining of things like itchy eyes, rashes, and swelling. She then suffered anaphylactic shock, slipped into a coma in 2011, and in 2012 she passed away. After an investigation into her death, it was discovered that she had suffered a severe allergic reaction to the hair dye she was using.
The Drs: Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Dr Danica Shulte, an allergist, said she didn’t think it all added up but believed that it could be possible. She said the important thing to note is that if you’re having a reaction, don’t dismiss it. She explained that the woman suffered from allergic contact dermatitis, which is a skin rash caused by a substance that comes in contact with your skin.
The Drs: Prevent Allergic Reactions
To find out if hair dye is the reason for a reaction, you can use test patches that you wear on your back for 48 hours, and then see what you reacted to. Your dermatologist could test the actual hair dye to find out for certain if that’s the cause of your symptoms. If you’re not sure if hair dye is to blame, you would use a patch test that uses all kinds of allergens to try and figure out what’s going on.
Dr Shulte then explained that your colorist could use something that allows them to see if any of their products would cause a reaction. She said her understanding is that colorists are trained to recognize allergic contact dermatitis, but it doesn’t always happen right away.
The Drs: Symptoms Of Anaphylaxis
Dr Jennifer Ashton wanted to know more about anaphylaxis. Dr Shulte explained that you can go all your life and never have a reaction to something and then all of the sudden one day have a reaction. The good news is that there are usually warning signs. She said maybe your lips will start to tingle or you’ll get a few red spots on your face. It will get progressively worse.
If you notice a reaction, you should probably stop using or eating whatever is causing the reaction. Dr Ashton said you should always carry two Epi-Pens just in case you need a second dose, or if someone does the first one wrong. They come two to a box, so if you’re not doing better in five minutes, use the second pen.
Have you ever had a severe allergic reaction? Will you be more cautious now before using something like hair dye?