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Has a Beauty-Related Injury Ever Sent You to the ER?

Almost 20 years ago, the plug of my Caruso Steam Hairsetter ($42) accidentally tripped my sister, causing steaming hot water to spill all over her leg. The incident sent her straight to the ER. Can you ever forgive me, sis?

Whether it was a curling iron burn, severe hair color allergy, or unfortunate run-in with a mascara gone rancid, tell us what mishaps have had you rushing for medical attention. Or perhaps you've been lucky, remaining out of harm's way.

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Allytta Allytta 8 years
to all the injured ladies - sympathies. your stories make my cry...
mek123 mek123 8 years
I feel for all the posters...mine didn't send me to ER just the eye doctor, found out I was allergic to mascara and contact lens solution together...took about 5-6 months to figure that out. Now wear daily contact lenses so I can wear mascara!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Ouch, ouch, ouch!!
goldiecar goldiecar 8 years
Speaking of steam rollers, the container that held mine was on top of a shelf above my bed... I bumped the shelf in my sleep, and the container fell on my head splitting my eyebrow in half! 7 stiches later, I have to pluck my eyebrows a certain way!!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I've burned myself on curling irons. Once had an allergic reaction to my foundation (I found out it had gone bad). Pulled out clumps of eyelashes when trying to remove mascara. I've also given myself an ingrown toenail when doing a home pedicure, and taken off huge strips off skin while shaving. Thankfully none of it sent me to the OR.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
No ER but I was rushed to my doctor who sent me to a state-certified dermatologist when I had a severe allergic reaction to Retin-A. The derm was horrified and said he had NEVER seen a case as severe as mine to Retinol. It was one thing for my face to be swollen, my eyelids swollen shut and the skin to be red, itchy, scaly and peeling but what hurt more was the fact I lost all of my upper eyelashes. He literally said no school until my rash and the swelling were completely gone and prescribed me two heavy duty medications. I lost all my eyelashes again when I had an awful reaction to Maybelline Great Lash mascara two-and-a-half years later.
tiffmigi tiffmigi 8 years
Trying to do my own pedicure at home was not such a good idea. I shaved a bit too much off my calloused foot and I basically hemorrhaged all over my bathroom floor! I thought I was gonna have to got to the ER, but I just held pressure for about 45min and applied a terribly inadequate makeshift bandage and hobbled around in flip flops all weekend. Super embarrassing since I'm actually a doctor!
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 8 years
corduroy i know someone else who burned their eyeborws off the same way. i'm always so careful now!!
corduroy1 corduroy1 8 years
ooh, not so much "beauty" but one time after leaving Six Flags with a migraine from the too-shaky Giant, i went to lay down in a restaurant booth on my left side. at the time (a while back remember!) i was wearing troll doll earrings that were on long posts...well, the post went STRAIGHT through (and essentially busted) my eardrum! the doctor couldn't do anything about it, and i basically cried until it finally healed! also, i do NOT condone this, but i was hitting a "ahem"-pipe one time and burned off ALL my eyelashes and half the eyebrows on my right side!!!! AWFUL!!! i too was a curling iron-burner! scars on my hairline and my best friend and i both have scars on our thighs from accidentally laying them down on our laps!!! I HAVE LIVED THROUGH IT!!!!! LOL
vnssa906 vnssa906 8 years
about two years ago, I purchased a new eyeshadow from my collegue who's husband works at Neiman Marcus (with his glorious employee discount!) I tried on the eyeshadow while applying my makeup before work. as I was walking out the door, my boyfriend stops me and say, WTF happened to your eye?! I gaze in the mirror only to see my right eye swelled up to the size of a golf ball.... immediately ran to the ER (2 city blocks away thank god!) and treated with an anti-histamine shot. needless to say, never used that eyeshadow again -- only hypoallergenic makeup for this bella!
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 8 years
No ER, but, a bad accident. My sweet dog Emmie (when I was 18) jumped up on my side when I was curling my lashes. Not her fault, it was thundering. Every eyelash was pulled out in an instant and looked like a false eyelash stuck on the curler. The good news infection or injury and WEEKS later every lash grew back!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I haven't been to hospital beauty related, but I've burnet my nad and forehead with straightners a few times.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
chatnoir, that is terrible. You could have pressed charges against your stylist. At the very least, I would switch salons. Bad, bad customer service.
suzpuz suzpuz 8 years
OMG chatnoir that's awful! I work at a salon and you should not have had to clean that up!!!
chatnoir chatnoir 8 years
Ok.. not the ER but could have.About a month ago,my stylist moved to an uber small space and she put the GiGi Honey wax melter machine right above the shampoo bowl. My arm caught the power cord and the hot wax machine fell on me and burned my clothes and skin. My clothes were stuck together. She had me clean it up since I spilled it and she was busy. It was a bad day. Hot wax is very painful and extremely hard to clean up.
RobyTose RobyTose 8 years
Cheerleading - first game of my junior year and I was a captain. We were in uniform doing hair and make up in the cafeteria and while I was standing to braid a girl's hair someone set a curling iron down on my chair... When I sat down I burned my upper thigh pretty well through my nylons. How embarrassing!!!!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
i have never had to go to the ER for a beauty injury. i have burnt myself with a curling iron but it wasn't bad enough that I needed to go to the ER
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