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Mums horror reaction as eyebrow tint leaves her like Sloth from the Goonies

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A mum shared pictures of her allergic reaction in a bid to urge people to always do a patch test before using beauty products.

Shocking photos show how Emily Price's face ballooned with her forehead "curled over" into her eyes.

It also shows how she was left with red and crusty-looking brows after a trip to the salon on September 13.

The 32-year-old thought she wouldn't need a patch test after using the product previously.

At first, the mum-of-one was happy with the result but after an hour her eyebrows started to tingle after having them done.

It left Emily unable to open her eyes and was horrified when her husband gave her a mirror so she could see her swollen face.

She rang her GP's surgery but was forced to describe her symptoms over the phone as she couldn't get a face-to-face appointment.

With her face continuing to balloon over the coming days, Emily went to A&E where she was prescribed antibiotics.

Now she fears her allergic reaction could be a result of having the Covid-19 jab.

She said a nurse had seen an increase in adverse reactions to beauty treatments after having the jab, but this is yet to be proven.

Emily concedes the reaction "messed up" her eyebrows.

As for someone who's never suffered an allergy before, Emily was horrified to see her scabby eyebrows drop off in patches.

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Now since she's healed, she is speaking out to urge people to always carry out patch tests, even if they've never had any problems before.

Emily, from South Wales, said: "An hour after I had them done I kept frowning and I realised it was tingling, like pins and needles.

"I thought maybe she left a little bit on so I gave my face a wash thinking it would get rid of any excess.

"As the hours went on it started to feel like when you burn yourself on a hot pan and you pull your hand away quickly.

"It was like that but it was as if I couldn't pull away from it, it was just burning hot like there was a poker across my eyebrows. "

And when she woke up, Emily found herself struggling to open her eyes properly.

She added: "My husband was next to me, he turned the light on and looked at me and he was like 'oh my God'.

"He ran and got a mirror, I could barely even see myself because my eyes were so swollen.

"Days later I ended up going into hospital because it got worse. I looked like Sloth from The Goonies."

Emily decided to get her eyebrows tinted at a beauty salon for the first time since the pandemic began.

She booked an appointment with the same problem-free product so didn't have a patch test.

The mum knew something was wrong straight away after claiming it felt like "someone had thrown acid" into her face.

Emily went to Prince Charles Hospital's A&E department on September 17 and was seen by a skin specialist prescribed her antibiotics.

She took a week-long course of antibiotics that cleared her skin but was horrified when the patches of eyebrow hair dropped out.

Emily said: "They looked really good the day I got them done but they looked bloody horrific by the end."

"I have to colour them in now with an eyebrow pencil."

"My eyebrows were messed up but I would rather messed-up eyebrows than end up with Covid, I'm 100% in support of the vaccine.

"My advice to anyone going back to treatments after lockdown is you've got to get a patch test, even if it's just a 24 or 48-hour one.

"I know it's a pain having to go and you've got to book in the patch test and go a day later to get the treatment done."

Richard Lambert, chief executive, National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF), spoke out after Emily's situation.

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He said: "There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that having COVID alone increases an allergic reaction to hair colour or any other hair and beauty treatments.

"An allergic reaction can occur at any time due to a number of factors of which a compromised immune system is one.

"The NHBF industry protocol is to test every client every six months, even if the client has not changed their colour choice or service, but if clients change colour or shade, goes to a new salon, or if they or a hair and beauty professional have any concerns, we recommend testing at every appointment.

"This should be done at least 48 hours before the appointment for each separate different product/brand/shade used and if multiple products are used from different manufacturers.

"Product manufacturer's instructions and protocols must always be followed when completing Allergy Alert Tests."

AstraZeneca and University of Oxford have both declined to comment.

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