SAMJ: South African Medical Journal
On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574
MKOKO, P. For external use only. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2015, vol.105, n.2, pp.157-157. ISSN 2078-5135. http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/samj.9264.
Hair dye poisoning is a common problem in West Africa, in North Africa and on the Indian subcontinent. In Morocco, acute hair dye poisoning is the most frequent reason for hospitalisation for attempted suicide. In adults, 70 - 90% of episodes of hair dye poisoning are suicide attempts. The reported mortality rate range for acute hair dye poisoning is 10.6 - 38.7%.