Two-year-old could be scarred for life after severe allergic reaction to plaster

By Samantha Luiz
25 February 2015

A two year old girl could be left with permanent scars after suffering a severe allergic reaction to Savlon plaster.

A two year old girl from Essex, UK, could be left with permanent scars after suffering a severe allergic reaction to Savlon plaster.

Last month, Daniel Johnson (31) put a Savlon hydrocolloid plaster on his daughter Jayda’s left shoulder to cover a cut. The plaster pack claimed to 'help prevent scarring' and 'promote faster healing'.

The instructions on the pack were to leave the plaster on for a week. But a day on, the plaster had somehow burned through the girl’s skin, leaving her with severe burns and blisters. Part of her back had also become inflamed.

'I’m terrified that if I had left it on for the full seven days it would’ve burned down to the bone'

“I put it on Sunday morning and then when I took it off on Monday when she got home from nursery I noticed it had burned her massively.

"It seemed to be burning into her skin. The packet said to leave it on for four to seven days. I’m terrified that if I had left it on for the full seven days it would’ve burned down to the bone.”

According to Jayda’s father, she was “fully aware” of the wound that resembles a second degree burn. He adds that she does not appear to be a lot of pain.

“She doesn't seem to be in too much pain from it, which makes me worry her nerves may have been damaged.”

A visit to a doctor confirmed Jayda had suffered a severe allergic reaction, likely to have been caused by the patch of the plaster. The wound had also become infected. The little girl was put on a course of antibiotics and had to visit the nurse every two days to have her dressings changed.

Although the exact cause of Jayda’s allergy has not yet been determined, there have been reports detailing how the ingredient 'pentaerythritol ester of hydrogenated rosin' left some users of hydrocolloid dressings with an allergic reaction. The ingredient is used to make plasters sticky so no extra tape is needed when dressing a wound.

Jayda Johnson’s family have lodged a formal complaint to Novartis Consumer Health, the company that owns Savlon.

A company spokesperson responded, “We aware of the recent case where a patient experienced a skin reaction on the application site of Savlon Hydrocolloid dressing. ‘Patient safety is our highest priority. ‘As with any NCH product, we are monitoring and investigating this adverse event and have informed the local health authority.”

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, news.yahoo.com, inquisitr.com

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