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Woman suffers kidney damage after hair straightening treatment

This is case study of chemical risks in beauty products as woman runs into kidney problem after salon visit

By Web Desk
March 31, 2024
Hair straightener linked to kidney damage in woman. — PTI website
Hair straightener linked to kidney damage in woman. — PTI website 

A young woman suffered damage to her kidneys after she received hair straightening treatment at a salon, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors believe that a chemical in the hair straightener, glyoxylic acid, is to blame.

The 26-year-old woman had no kidney problems previously. She vomited and suffered back pain and scalp burning after each treatment. She developed acute kidney pain. 

Her pain was caused by oxalate nephropathy, a condition where calcium oxalate crystals accumulate in the kidneys.

Oxalate nephropathy causes symptoms like flank pain, urinary urgency, and blood in the urine. 

The woman had many tests done, including urine and blood tests. The tests showed the presence of calcium oxalate in her kidneys. 

Her blood had a lot of creatinine, which means her kidneys were not working properly. 

Doctors believe that the glyoxylic acid was absorbed through her scalp and reached her kidneys. Glyoxylic acid is suspected to have caused skin burns and reached her kidneys. 

This acid can cause skin and eye irritation, respiratory issues, and gastrointestinal discomfort if handled improperly.

Doctors conducted experiments on mice and found kidney damage similar to that seen in humans exposed to toxic substances.

Glyoxylic acid is used in many products including cosmetics. It can be harmful if absorbed into the body.