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I got a tattoo 1 week ago. Only the places where white ink was used are swollen. The rest is flat. Is this an allergic reaction to the white ink?

I got a tattoo 1 week ago. Only the places where white ink was used are swollen. The rest is flat. Is this an allergic reaction to the white ink?

Yes, probably.: The most common allergen is red ink, but you can be allergic to any color of ink. Hydrocortisone cream and tincture of time may solve the problem; if not, a dermatologist will have to inject a steroid solution into the swollen areas (not as bad as it sounds). If that fails (which is rare), the only other option is removing the pigment, which can be done with specialized lasers. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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Is black tattoo ink hypoallergenic? Are allergic rxns to this rare for those with history of allergies? (AR, chronic urticaria....)

Is black tattoo ink hypoallergenic? Are allergic rxns to this rare for those with history of allergies? (AR, chronic urticaria....)

Tattoo inks are safe: But some people still react to them. "hypoallergenic" isn't a guarantee against allergy. Anyone can have an allergic reaction to nearly any substance, even after years of exposure. In general, tattoo ink allergic reactions are fairly rare. Only use a reputable artist. If you're concerned, ask for a test spot in an inconspicuous area 1-2 weeks before a full tattoo as a precautionary measure. ...Read more

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What to do about tattoo inks and allergies?

What to do about tattoo inks and allergies?

Need more info: You don't tell me what allergies you suffer from. Several tattoo inks can cause skin allergies that present themselves as redness, oozing and itching an can be quite severe. If you have a problem with a tattoo, see an allergist or dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment. Sometimes the only effective treatment is removal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any any allergies relating to tattoo ink?

Can you tell me if there are any any allergies relating to tattoo ink?

Yes: The tattoo inks contain a variety of substances that have allergic potential. By fa the most common ink to cause allergic reaction is the red ink.
Red contains several compounds that may sensitize you and create a chronic allergic condition noted as a raising of the tattoo, intense itching, chronic itching, redness around the tattoo and granulomas. If you are allergic you can not have laser tattoo. ...Read more

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Do people with allergies such as rhinitis and urticaria have higher chance of tattoo ink allergies? How do I get tested for tattoo allergies?

Do people with allergies such as rhinitis and urticaria have higher chance of tattoo ink allergies? How do I get tested for tattoo allergies?

Tattoo: According to the European Annal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in a 2007 study there was not an association with increased allergic response (contact dermatitis) in people with allergic rhinitis or urticaria. Actually two diffferent mechanisms rhnitis is IGE mediated and local reaction is through local cell mediated reaction. ...Read more

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What could cause an allergic reaction to tattoo?

What could cause an allergic reaction to tattoo?

The dyes: It is usually an allergic contact reaction to one or more of the pigments used in tattoos. Since there is no strict regulation on the kind of pigment the artist puts into a person's skin, finding the culprit may be difficult unless you know what types of pigments were used. ...Read more

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Can you tell me can I get an allergic reaction from henna if I've already gotten a tattoo?

Can you tell me can I get an allergic reaction from henna if I've already gotten a tattoo?

Yes: A professional tattoo ink isn't henna so if you became allergic its not due to that ink however henna is not always safe. On occasion it causes a darkening of the skin, a thickening of the skin and allergic reactions on the skin.
Henna allergy would cause itching, swelling and redness on the areas of application. If this is happening wash it off and do not use henna anymore ...Read more

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If I have an allergic reaction from black henna, will I have a bad one when getting a real tattoo?

If I have an allergic reaction from black henna, will I have a bad one when getting a real tattoo?

No: Henna is not related to the pigments used in tattooing although one can potentially become allergic to metallic pigments and other dyes used in tattooing. ...Read more

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I recently got a tattoo that has the color pink in it. No obvious sign of allergic reaction near it. But body has been feeling itchy. Allergic reacti?

I recently got a tattoo that has the color pink in it. No obvious sign of allergic reaction near it. But body has been feeling itchy. Allergic reacti?

Possibly: How long has it been since you tattoo? All signs of irritation should subside by six weeks. Is there any associated rash? If so just check with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Have these bumps around my new tattoo. Not sure if bug bites or allergic reaction. Some have white in them like pimples. Each day there's more (5 days)?

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Have these bumps around my new tattoo. Not sure if bug bites or allergic reaction. Some have white in them like pimples. Each day there's more (5 days)?

Itchy?: If they are itchy, you may be allergic to one of the dyes or metals used in the tattoo ink. If they are not, I would suspect an infection. ...Read more

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The tatto I got 3 days ago showa no sign of allergic reaction. No swelling bumps or redneas. Body has been feelinf itchy. But no rednes, bumps. Reacti?

The tatto I got 3 days ago showa no sign of allergic reaction. No swelling bumps or redneas. Body has been feelinf itchy. But no rednes, bumps. Reacti?

Answer: Mild itching can be just a normal sign of the area healing up; if you do see redness/swelling/pain then you should have your family doc look at it. ...Read more

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I am allergic to tatto ink. Will laser removal cause the allergens to spread through my body and cause allergic reactions in other areas?

I am allergic to tatto ink. Will laser removal cause the allergens to spread through my body and cause allergic reactions in other areas?

Possibly: There have been case reports of systemic allergic reactions to vaporized tattoo ink during laser removal including anaphyllactic reactions. Certain lasers are more prone to cause this reaction. If you have a history of a severe reaction to ink and must remove the tattoo, surgical methods of removal may be safer. ...Read more

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How likely is it to have an adverse reaction to green or other color ink in tattooing?

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Green reaction: I have never seen an allergic reaction to green while I have seen many to the red color in tattoos. ...Read more

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I have a rash running going up my. Arm from a recent tattoo due to family. Allergy. History do you think it could be. A reaction to the ink?

Possible infection: More importantly it could be an infection from having the tattoo place. Redness going up from the tattoo site needs to be evaluated right away or it can turn into a major infection. Go get seen. ...Read more

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For tattoo ink, is there anyway I can test if i'd be allergic to it?

For tattoo ink, is there anyway I can test if i'd be allergic to it?

Good question: I'm a fan and have two myself; curiously, there's a huge variety of inks. No lab test will reliably predict skin allergy. Your best bet is to visit with the artist and ask whether you could get a small injection of each color for trial. These folks are very interested in your having a good experience. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to the ink in tattoos?

Yes: Some people are sensitive to the ink in tatoos....You can also develop severe infections from the ink.
Check out this link. Good luck.

http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1124433-overview. ...Read more

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In general, are tattoos pretty safe? Will the ink seem into your skin and cause adverse reactions? (& if you are sensitive to stuff, wll it harm you?)

Tattoo: The other question is to ask. ...do you want a permanent image tattooed on your body for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Please help there's bumps and a rash on a month old tattoo. Is this symptom of ink poisoning?

Allergy?: This sounds like an allergy to your ink
I would have a dermatologist look at the tattoo.
If allergic you can not use a laser to remove the tattoo. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to the ink in permanent makeup? I have a lot of skin allergies but I would really like to get my eyebrows done using permanent makeup. Is it possible to be allergic to the ink? .

Is it possible to be allergic to the ink in permanent makeup? I have a lot of skin allergies but I would really like to get my eyebrows done using permanent makeup. Is it possible to be allergic to the ink? .

This: This is a good question as you are asking if you can become allergic to you own tattoo. Hypersensitive reactions do occur and can be related to contact or photoallergic dermatitis. Substances like iron oxide, mercury sulfide, ferric hydrate, aluminum, and manganese may be included in the ink, depending on the color and have know reactions. The red pigment called cinnabar, which contains mercury sulfide, a the most common color that allergies are observed with. Other metal-containing pigments include: nickel, iron, chromium, cobalt, lead, manganese, aluminum, zinc, cadmium, titanium, and carbon. Allergies to nickel in particular are very common.

Be healthy and be well,

james m. Ridgway, md. ...Read more

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Can I die from a home made tattoo with pen ink?

Can I die from a home made tattoo with pen ink?

Yes: I had a patient who almost did, in fact. He drew up ink from a pen into his Insulin syringe and proceeded to tattoo himself. Within some days he presented with sepsis secondary to staph aureus and nearly died. Icu for a month and complications from pancreatitis. This isn't an unusual story for someone who wants to take that risk. Not worth your life. ...Read more

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Do tattoos cause ink poisoning?

It is possible: Writing ink is composed of a combination of dyes pigments solvents and water according to medline plus.
These ingredients individually and together are nonpoisonous and treatment generally is not needed if less than an ounce is consumed.
Tattoo ink is not regulated by the food and drug administration and therefore could contain any number of ingredients that cause poisoning especiallyhome made. ...Read more

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Is india ink safe to use for fake tattoo?

Yes with cautions: India ink is generally safe but there have been situations where contact dermatitis, allergic reactions and staining of the skin have occurred.
In general there are no specific health issues with applying india ink to the skin but the above can and do occur. ...Read more

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Should I go to a doctor since I tattooed my self with pen ink?

Should I go to a doctor since I tattooed my self with pen ink?

Yes: If for anything then at least to learn what to look out for, for how long, and when to get medical attention. If one gets sick it may not manifest right away. It could take awhile to develop an endocarditis or osteomyelitis, though I don't know your risks. Hopefully you'll do fine and not get sick. Not knowing what you used to inject yourself with ask about your tetanus status also. ...Read more

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Ink poisoning from a tattoo? How long until I would know?

Usually: Usually you can get secondary infection which would show as quickly as 48hours or you could become allergic to the tattoo ink which might show much later. ...Read more

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