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Dangers of Brazilian waxing. posted: 07/06/07 at 5:30 PM
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http://www.smh.com.au/news/national...3351433459.html

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A sexy Brazilian-style bikini wax almost cost a 20-year-old Melbourne woman her life.

The woman suffered a near-fatal infection after she was left bleeding by the hot-wax hair removal procedure, performed by a trainee waxer.

Less than a fortnight later, possibly because of a lowered immune system arising from diabetes, she came down with extreme pain and a fever. She had also broken out in a rash stretching from her groin to her chest, arms and neck.

She was not correctly diagnosed until doctors from Melbourne's Austin Hospital examined her under a general anaesthetic. The infection was treated with antibiotics.

She then presented again with a similar condition a few months later, this time after shaving rather than waxing.

"This didn't occur just once, it occurred twice," Austin Health director of infectious diseases Professor Lindsay Grayson said.

He said he knew of other cases - though not as serious - where people had done "strange" things to achieve their idea of beauty.

Professor Grayson said waxing was a "gross" way of removing hair which inevitably caused "micro-trauma" to human skin.

He said that while a healthy immune system could cope with micro-trauma, such procedures can - depending on which region of the body is waxed - involve risks to individuals with a lowered immunity.

Professor Grayson warned sufferers of poorly-managed diabetes and others with compromised immune systems to think twice before undertaking waxing treatments.

Professor Grayson said it was one of the most extreme of 90 cases of hot-wax burns resulting from Brazilian hair-removal procedures seen by Victorian hospital emergency departments last year.

He added that the woman would have died without appropriate medical care.

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posted: 07/06/07 at 9:23 PM

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That's scary but I bet that is not the only case. It is kind of risky because you never know who is waxing you and then it is also kind of painful. So, um, I think I would pass that one for good.

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posted: 07/07/07 at 11:02 AM

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When a salon does waxing, they usually have insurance to do brazilians, at least the people I know who work in that field say their shops have insurance cuz of the dangers of brazilians, they can actually accidentally tear off your skin.

I went some place and got my arms waxed and it was horrible. I'd done it myself before with no problems, or with my aunt, but this people made my skin bleed, they made my arms get pimples, etc. It was horrible and took months to heal so I never went back. Don't ever go cheap on waxing.

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posted: 07/07/07 at 1:21 PM
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Any waxing of the skin will cause trauma, you might not see it but it is there. I was going to do a Brazilian wax myself but I have decided to go to my BT but I wonder if she will think that I am strange if I take some olive oil with me to apply to the area to form a barrier to avoid any pathogens getting into my body?

Maybe I shouldn't care what she thinks lol.

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posted: 07/07/07 at 1:50 PM

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lol- it's your vagina- personally, I'd never do it cuz I am too shy. lol.

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posted: 07/07/07 at 6:30 PM

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I've never had any probs after a brazillian but I can imagine some people with immune system probs may. I would always make sure its a salon who doesn't recycle wax!

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posted: 07/07/07 at 10:50 PM

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" they can actually accidentally tear off your skin."

Jeez, no wonder they have insurances. That's well, nasty

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posted: 07/07/07 at 11:16 PM

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blech. im a chicken and dont think i could wax that zone. its bad enough on my legs haha. and even then i only do that a couple times a year.

ive never really thought about people having to go to hospital for wax burns! and that one hospital alone had 90 in the last year... imagine adding up all the hospitals and see how many patients have problems each year.... i think ill stick to the old fashioned treatments lol! ugh!

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posted: 07/08/07 at 11:36 AM
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Why did it take the girl 2 weeks to go to the hospital? That's what I want to know. If it were me, I'd go to the doctor after a couple of days if things were that severely hurt.

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posted: 07/08/07 at 5:51 PM

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"its bad enough on my legs haha. and even then i only do that a couple times a year."

LoL I tried epillation once or twice on my feet, and I guess I am just not the person for such kind of manipulations. Damn it hurts.

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