Some hair products can damage the kidneys, experts say

Tunisia: A young woman who went to a hair salon to have her hair straightened suffered serious kidney damage, leading medical experts to issue a warning about hair products.

According to media reports, the incident was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in which a 26-year-old Tunisian woman developed kidney problems during several sessions at a hair salon between June 2020 and July 2022.

The report was prepared by French doctors and sent to the editor-in-chief of the journal. Doctors have linked certain hair straightening and straightening products to kidney damage.

Experts said that when the woman came in for the check-up, she had no pre-existing medical conditions. Feminine quality, fever, diarrhea and severe back pain.

After research, doctors found that the symptoms appeared the same day the woman visited the salon. The woman reported scalp pain and irritation during each session at the hair salon. Upon examination, doctors discovered that the woman had elevated creatinine levels in her blood, a result of chemicals used in hair products.

When women went to the salon, the hairdresser applied a cream containing 10% glyoxalic acid to their hair. According to researchers, this chemical is harmful to the kidneys.

In a letter to the editor, the team of doctors also said that products containing glyoxylic acid, which is a kidney poison, should be avoided and would be better off banned. The article also stated that a similar incident occurred with 26 patients in Israel who suffered severe kidney damage after hair straightening.

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